Two from Notre Dame get Heisman honors

Newby, Blakeslee named high school Heisman school winners, in the running for state and national awards.

Notre Dame seniors Brad Blakeslee and Sydney Newby were named school winners for the nationally recognized Wendy’s® High School Heisman Award. The two seniors were selected based on their outstanding academic and athletic achievements, and leadership within their communities. The pair now awaits results expected to be posted later today on whether they also are named state finalists, which could lead to national honors, typically announced during ESPN’s broadcast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation in December. 

Eligibility for the high school Heisman begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 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.

Newby is a three-sport athlete at Notre Dame as a member of the bowling, basketball and softball teams. She also was named to the academic all-state team for softball and bowling in 2017-2018.

Blakeslee has played soccer, basketball and baseball each of his four years in the upper division. He also was named to the all district first team for soccer, and individual academic all-district team for baseball.

For more than 20 years, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has recognized the achievements of exceptionally well-rounded students. Like the collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy, known as the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program honors the all-star performances of high school seniors in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

For more information or to track each student’s progress through the competition, visit

About the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program
Created in 1994 by Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at