VALDOSTA -- Valwood School's Benjamin Montague, 17, and Billie Anderson, 18, were recently recognized for their superior gifts, both inside the classroom and out.

Best exemplifying a supreme "citizen-scholar-athlete," the two seniors were nominated by Headmaster Cobb Atkinson 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.

"It is an honor and a privilege to represent my school in this high achievement," said the son of Tyler and Patty Montague. "I'm grateful to my teachers and coaches."

At Valwood School, Montague defends the goal on the soccer team, plays center and forward on the basketball team and serves as a member of the One-Act Play, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Chorus and Literacy groups. As a freshman, he played doubles tennis.

In his free time, Montague maintains an active role in the community, working on the America's Second Harvest of South Georgia Student Advisory Board, First Presbyterian Youth Group and Adult/Youth Choir and moderator of the Flint River Presbyterian Youth Council. He plans to someday work as a high school mathematics teacher and basketball coach.

Anderson, the daughter of Dr. John and Jan Anderson, said, "I feel very honored and thankful for being nominated."

At Valwood School, Anderson plays forward on the basketball team, serving as captain, and tennis, and cheers. She has played on the softball team as a freshman and ran cross country as a sophomore. She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society as a freshman, has been a member of the National Honor Society since the 10th grade, and has served as class treasurer as both a sophomore and a senior.

In her free time, Anderson serves as a member of Sigma Delta Theta, the America's Second Harvest of South Georgia Student Advisory Board and Park Avenue Bank Student Advisory Board. She plans to attend the University of Georgia and study to become a dermatologist.

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

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