CLARK, NJ - Lindsey Hofschneider, a senior at Arthur L. Johnson was awarded the Wendy’s High School Heisman award in recognition of her leadership both on the track and in the classroom.

School officials said Hofschneider has been a stand-out athlete throughout her years at ALJ.  They cited her contributions to the cross country and track and field teams as significant.  Hofschneider was a NJSIAA State Group qualifier and took sixth place in the DMR at the NJSIAA State Relays.

In a press release from Gus Kalikas, ALJ’s Athletic Director, Hofschneider was referred to as a valuable member of both teams. She has run a 5:31 (1600) and a 2:27 (800) during her career and was given the Best Teammate Award numerous times throughout her high school career for both programs.

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Kalikas indicated Hofschneider has maintained a high grade point average in honors and Advanced Placement level courses. She is the Vice President of DECA, Student Council, the National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. Additionally, she participates in the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council, Heroes and Cool Kids, Peer Leadership, and was named Student of the Month in January.

According to the Wendy's High School Heisman website the award was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Thomas was a high school dropout who went on to become a successful entrepreneur. 

Thomas worried that his unusual journey to success might inspire others to leave school early and expect similar results, as indicated on their website.   As a result Thomas went back to school at the age of 61 and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

The site goes on to describe Thomas as being inspired by this moment and wanting to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.

The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®

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