MANCHESTER - Chris Redding, a senior wide receiver on the Burr and Burton Academy football team, was selected as a State Finalist in the 2012 Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award program.

Redding was one of 81 applicants from the State of Vermont, which has been narrowed down to 13 finalists.

Nationwide, 45,000 seniors applied and on Nov. 5 one male and one female finalist from each state will be named State Winners. Of those State Winners, 12 will be chosen as National Finalists and will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on Dec. 7. National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN® networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. One male and one female National Winner will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy's, and Wendy's will donate $10,000 to each winner's respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 8.

Vermont's male finalists include Redding, Thomas Roberts of Otter Valley Union High School, Logan Lamothe of Bellows Free Academy, Jefferey Harte of Rutland High School, Daniel Warnecke of Poultney High School and Kyle Piette of Lyndon Institute.

The female state finalists are Jenna Olson of Rutland High School, Megan Blais of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Madeleine DiIonno of Mill River Union High School, Kayla Baczewski of Bellows Free Academy, Lauren Mayer of Woodstock Union High School, Kristina Bennett of Northfield Middle High School and Kelsey Croft of Lyndon Institute.

Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy's High School Heisman, now in its 19h year, is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level. Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.