VIDEO: EdWatch: Ursuline senior wins Wendy's HS Heisman Award
An Ursuline senior is a state finalist for a national award for her excellence in academics and athletics.
WDEL's Amy Cherry tells us more about her in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.
Kennedy Wong's love for running stems back to age seven when she ran her first 5K with her dad.
"I was complaining to my dad, 'Can we walk, I'm tired,'" she whined.
But she's been running and excelling at it ever since. Wong started running on Ursuline's high school team in eighth grade, running five or six miles each practice.
She remembers what it was like to be the "young" girl on the team.
"It's important to me to be a good influence and role model because I know how important it was to me," Wong says.
She was also one of just two Delawareans to win the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. Wong was selected from a pool of more than 60,000 applicants for her athletic and academic achievements.
"Finding out that I was chosen as one of two from the entire state was really an amazing feeling," she says.
Wong has taken eight Advanced Placement classes in her high school career, but always finds the time to run.
"It's hard to explain, the feeling you get from running, but it's just a really gratifying feeling," says Wong.
She says running a race makes her feel free, but like many athletes, Wong had to overcome injuries, including tendinitis and appendicitis.
"It's really disheartening because you don't know what you're going to do with your time," says Wong.
This All Catholic and All State runner hopes to continue it while studying either psychology or neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Getting up and going out for your run is a lot of your own personal determination, and I think that's made a lot of who I am today," she says.
Wong is now eligible to become a finalist for the national Wendy's High School Award. 12 finalists will travel to New York City, but just two will become national award winners with the announcement expected December 13 on ESPN2.
Kyle Plusch from the Charter School of Wilmington is also a state winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, making him eligible to become a national finalist as well.
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