LOS ANGELES, CALIF.–High school tennis player Daisha Matthews of the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), is surprised in her classroom with a school-wide announcement that she is one of 12 national finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman. Matthews is congratulated by Wendy’s representative Chris Dickinsen and LACES principal Margaret Kim. The young athlete will travel to New York City where two national winners–one male, one female–will be chosen. Each will receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy; a $10,000 donation to their respective high school; and recognition during the collegiate Heisman ceremony on Dec. 11.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman (WHSH) was created in 1994 to honor high school student-athletes. Each fall, the program recognizes the nation’s most esteemed high-school-senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics, and community involvement.