FHSAA Swimmer Named Wendy's High School Heisman Finalist

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida High School Athletic Association student-athlete Daniel Orcutt of Fort Walton Beach High School was one of 10 finalists out of the 50 state winners for the Wendy’s High School Heisman, the fast-food chain announced recently. The award is presented annually to the top male and female high school student-athlete in the country that best represents excellence in athletics, academics, community involvement and leadership.

The senior is the 2016 FHSAA state champion in the 100-yard backstroke in swimming, where he led his squad to a top-10 finish at the state championships. He also helped his cross country team qualify for state, all while carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Outside of athletics, Orcutt has racked up more than 400 hours of community service, where he supports veterans through the Military Deployed Family Support Organization. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Orcutt will attend this month’s Wendy’s High School Heisman Weekend in New York City, where he will receive a gold medal. Should he win Dec. 9, he will be recognized on ESPN’s Dec. 10 telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation, be given a Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy live on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and receive a $10,000 college scholarship. Should he not win, he will still take home a $5,000 college scholarship.