Going for the Gold

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East Meadow High School seniors Paul Imperiale and Nicole Kane have been recognized as school and state winners, respectively, in the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.
    
According to its website, the program was established in 1994 through a partnership between Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and the Heisman Memorial Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, and recognizes and honors high school seniors who strive for excellence in the classroom, on the playing field and through community involvement.
    
To qualify for entrance into the competition, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, be leaders within their school and community, and perform in one of the 43 school-sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. After submitting an application, participants undergo the selection process and are named either a school winner, state finalist, state winner, national finalist or national winner.
    
Imperiale was acknowledged as a school winner for his athleticism as a linebacker on the high school football team, and received a certificate of distinction and Wendy’s High School Heisman patch. Kane was designated a state winner for her talents as a defensive field hockey player, receiving a silver medal, Wendy’s High School Heisman State Winner patch, $50 Wendy’s gift card and $1,000 college scholarship.
    
The district congratulates both students for excelling within the district and community and earning this distinguished recognition.