STATENVILLE -- Echols County High School's Heath Bowen, 18, and Cheetara Cobb, 17, were recently recognized for their brains and brawn.

The two seniors were nominated by Principal Tim Ragan for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. They were selected based on their academic aptitude, athletic talent and display of commitment to the community.

The annual Wendy's High School Heisman Award honors the nation's top high school seniors who best exemplify a supreme "citizen-scholar-athlete."

Bowen, the son of Elmer and Fay Bowen, said the nomination was both "exciting" and meaningful since Echols County High School boasts several male students who exemplify these qualities. Plus, he actually works for Wendy's in Lake Park.

Bowen plays pitcher and shortstop on the high school baseball team and serves as a member of Future Farmers of America, Senior Beta Club, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. He collects food for America's Second Harvest of South Georgia and gifts for needy children during the holidays.

Bowen is a member of Francis Lake Baptist Church.

Cobb, the daughter of Tony and Dencie Cobb, described the honor as "neat." She said it's nice to know all her hand work and dedication did not go unnoticed.

At Echols County High School, Cobb plays basketball and golf and runs track and cross country. She is a member of Future Farmers of America, Senior Beta Club and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She is president of the Senior Class and a member of America's Second Harvest of South Georgia's Student Advisory Board.

Cobb attends New Bryant Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as president of the Youth Mission and secretary for the Junior Choir. She also tutors J.L. Newbern Middle School students after-school.

The Wendy's High School Heisman Program is comprised of five phases -- nomination, state finalists, state winners, national finalists, and national winners. Entries are initially evaluated by ACT Assessment during the state finalist and state winner phases and then passed on to a distinguished panel of judges.

Each fall, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school senior men and women for excellence in academics, community service, and athletics.

It was created through a partnership between Wendy's, the Heisman Memorial Trust, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.



To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call (229) 244-3400, ext. 255.

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