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The High School Heisman finalists gathered in New York City Friday night.

Zoe Alaniz and Samuel Prakel were named winners of the 19th annual Wendy's High School Heisman during ceremonies on Friday night in New York City. More than 45,000 applicants were considered for the prestigious award, which is based on athletic and academic accomplishments as well as community involvement.
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Alaniz is an outstanding diver from Ray (Corpus Christi, Texas). She was All-State for three years and holds the one-meter record of 534.30 points for 11 dives. She also competed in the Olympic Trials last summer. This year she also was named the National Hispanic Program Scholar. She is No. 1 in her class of 473 and will attend the University of Illinois in the fall.

Prakel has starred in cross country and track, as well as swimming, at Versailles (Ohio). He holds the Division III state meet and all-division course record of 15 minutes, 19.34 seconds for 5,000 meters in cross country. He also holds the school record in the 50-yard butterfly and shares school records on four relay teams. Prakel was All-State for three years in track and cross country and also earned all-Ohio academic honors.  He will attend Michigan State University.

Both students will receive a crystal trophy and $500 Wendy's gift card, while each of their schools will receive a $10,000 donation.