LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Devin McDermott, a 17-year-old Lakewood Ranch student-athlete, was named a national finalist today for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
McDermott, a cross country runner, track and field athlete, and soccer player, is also a member of 11 high school clubs and organizations, and holds down three part-time jobs.
There were 48,000 applications for the Wendy's Heisman Award, a field which was narrowed to 1,020, and winnowed again to 102 state winners.
McDermott is one of 12 national finalists, six boys and six girls.
The Wendy's High School Heisman Award winners will be announced in New York in December with Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner making the presentation.
An ESPN crew was at Lakewood Ranch today gathering footage of McDermott for the awards presentation.during a senior class gathering caught her by surprise.
"It was crazy," said a happy McDermott.
Her parents, Robert and Sherri Lyn McDermott, also attended the announcement.
"I am blessed to have such a talented girl in so many ways," said Robert McDermott. "She has a gift from God."
Sherri Lyn McDermott said she was elated that her daughter is a national finalist.
"Devin truly trusts God, and he blesses her," she said.
McDermott works at Crispers, Nike Factory Shoe Store, and babysits. She hopes to go on to a career in journalism and broadcasting.
"The high schools of all 12 National Finalists each receive a $2,000 donation in the finalist’s name. And the high schools of our two National Winners will receive $10,000 donations in the student’s name," according to the Wendy's website.
For more, see Friday's Herald.