Armstrong, a senior at art on display at school. She also runs on the cross
country team. (By Keith Williams, The Courier-Journal)
Armstrong, a senior at
art on display at school. She also runs on the cross country
team. (By Keith Williams, The Courier-Journal)
2 girls honored for academic, sports efforts
Seniors are finalists for Wendy's award
By Patti Smith
Special to The Courier-Journal
Two Louisville-area girls have been named finalists in
the Wendy's High School Heisman award program,
which recognizes outstanding ability in academics,
athletics and community service.
Laura Armstrong, a senior at
Stephanie West, a senior at
Each high school statewide can
nominate two students -- a boy and a girl -- for the Heisman award. Laura and
Stephanie were among
Assumption math teacher Elaine Salvo said Laura is one of only a handful of students in her more than 20 years of teaching calculus who grasped the complicated concepts easily.
"She would understand what I was saying in the middle of my sentence," said Salvo, who also is a college counselor at Assumption.
Laura, who runs track and cross country, was the 2004 state winner in the 800-meter run. She has a 3.98 grade-point average and is taking five Advanced Placement classes this year.
She recently won the American Mathematics Contest, which tests skills in calculus.
Laura has applied early to
Several pieces of her artwork are on display in the new theater at Assumption.
She also plans to continue running in college.
Laura, who lives near
Stephanie, 17, has been a student at
Matt Steedly, guidance director at
"I knew immediately what a serious student she was and saw the power of her academic accomplishments," he said.
Stephanie, who ran cross country and track, and played basketball and
softball, held a 4.3 average at her
She is taking Advanced Placement biology and Advanced Placement
microeconomics this year, and runs cross country. Stephanie, of Crestwood,
wants to attend
She has been active in community service, helping coach youth sports teams that her little brother played on and working on the student council with toy, food and blood drives.
Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy's restaurant chain, created the Heisman program in 1994 to recognize students who excel academically, athletically and in service to their communities. State winners are automatically entered into a national competition, in which they can receive a $2,500 scholarship.