MHS senior Chandler Kelehan named Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winner

Marshall High School senior Chandler Kelehan has been recognized as a 2017-2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman winner.


Kelehan, a son of Dr. Shane and Sheryl Kelehan, was chosen by the Wendy’s High School Heisman committee as a student who “sets the bar, works harder, shows more passion and leads by example – in the classroom, on the field and within the community.”

Kelehan is a senior wide receiver on the Maverick football team. He was also selected as the Student-Athlete of the Year for Academic Achievement at last spring’s annual ET Varsity Best Preps Banquet in Longview.

“Chandler is just a joy to be around,” said Tina Brown, MHS Principal. “He is known by his teachers and friends for a commitment to excellence in everything that he does. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing him for his hard work.”

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.

School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card.

*The Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Twenty-two years later, Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

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