Frelicia Tucker, a senior at Aiken High School, won the Wendy’s High School Heisman award during a ceremony in New York City on Friday, becoming the first South Carolina student to capture the honor.
The coveted prize is annually presented to one male and female student-athlete throughout the country.
For placing first, Tucker received a $10,000 college scholarship. She also will be recognized on tonight’s presentation of the Heisman Trophy to the top college football player.
She’ll also receive a Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy and a $500 Wendy’s gift card.
“These are such incredible candidates,” Tucker said in November after being named a finalist. “To be part of the final five is truly amazing.”
Tucker is currently ranked No. 1 in her class and competes on the track and tennis teams. She holds the title of student body president and youth council president of the local NAACP.
Tucker captured the Wendy’s High School Heisman award over fellow finalists Kiara Mickens, Springfield High School, Springfield, Mass.; Cortney VanLiew, Columbus East High School, Columbus, Ind.; Rebekah Lescenski, Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, Nev.; and Jordan Rudd, Veterans Memorial High School, Brownsville, Texas.
“To even be considered for the Heisman, you have to be the best. Not just once or every so often – all the time,” said Eddie George, Wendy’s Heisman ambassador.
According to a news release, the Wendy’s Heisman celebrates scholar-athletes in high schools throughout the U.S. who give back to their community and never settle, dig deeper and reach higher.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Frelicia and the example she has set for her school, Aiken County and the nation,” Aiken County superintendent Sean Alford said. “Frelicia raises the bar on every level, and is simply an amazing human being whom I have the pleasure to learn from and grow with as together with our students, parents and community we are creating a school system that embraces change and celebrates excellence. Frelicia loves her family, school and community and we all love her. Frelicia is Aiken County Public Schools – passion and determination immeasurable.”