Tyler Hoffman, a senior at Farmington High School was named one of twelve National Finalists for the “Wendy’s High School Heisman Memorial Trophy Award”. The surprise announcement was made by Wendy’s representatives on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Farmington High School.
Established in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman (WHSH) was created to annually honor outstanding high school senior student-athletes. Applicants must excel in academics, athletics, and community involvement. This year, over 45,000 students applied to the program. Through an application judging process, the field of applicants was narrowed to 102 State Winners and now 12 National Finalists. Finalists and Winners are awarded cash prizes for their school; Wendy’s gift cards, as well as medals, a trophy and recognition on a national television network.
Tyler Hoffman’s family, friends, teammates, school and district administrators, teachers and coaches were in attendance at the award ceremony at FHS.
Principal of FHS, Dr. Tim Breslin, introduced Tyler and congratulated him on his award by stating, “Tyler is an outstanding example of effort, grace and good citizenship.”
Tyler’s parents, Ellen and Hank Hoffman were asked to refrain from sharing the news with their son because they found out about his finalist status prior to Tuesday’s announcement. His father, Hank Hoffman, remarked that he and his wife Ellen were, “so proud of Tyler and his accomplishments; he’s done it the right way. He has put so much effort into everything he does...school, sports, community service, and it’s great to see him get such a wonderful recognition.”
Staff from ESPN 2 were also at the award presentation. They spent the next two days at FHS shooting video footage of Tyler receiving his award and then observing his school day and sporting activities. The material will be used in a national broadcast television show featuring all Finalists, airing December 9, 2012, on ESPN 2. When asked if he suspected anything before coming to school, Tyler said, “I was absolutely shocked, although I did wonder why my mom was concerned about what I was wearing to school today.”
In mid-November, a judging panel selected twelve National Finalists, one male and one female from each of six geographical regions. As the Finalists are announced, they are highlighted on the WHSH website and announced to the press. After all Finalists are announced they will be brought to New York City for Heisman Weekend activities and the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Banquet to be held on December 7, 2012 in which the two National Winners will be announced nationally on ESPN 2. For more information, www.wendysheisman.com
Tyler Hoffman is the only student from Farmington High School to be named a State Winner and Finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award since its establishment.
Kathleen C. Greider, Superintendent of Farmington Schools, states, “Tyler Hoffman is an extraordinary young man. He excels academically as well as on the field as a baseball and soccer player. Most importantly, Tyler is a thoughtful and caring individual who understands the importance of service to others and his community. Tyler embodies all aspects of Farmington’s Vision of the FPS Graduate. He is an innovator, collaborator, and a strong communicator. He exhibits resourcefulness and self-direction in all aspects of his personal and academic life. On behalf of the Farmington school community, I congratulate Tyler and his wonderful family on this prestigious and well-deserved recognition.”
Submitted by Farmington Public Schools.