Newton Academy's Regan Reiss and Olivia Mabry of the Lamar School have been nominated for the state-wide Wendy's High School Heisman award.
Reiss is warming up for baseball season in Decatur, but just a few months ago, he lined up as a full-back and middle line-backer for the generals football team. He was the league's defensive MVP. During the 2012 baseball season, Reiss had a .490 batting average. He was also 4-0 as a relief pitcher.
"It's awesome. It's always something I've thought about since I was a kid. It was something I've always been working for," says Reiss. "It's such a small school. Not many people get to do something like this. I think it will be great."
Olivia Mabry has been the catalyst for the best Lamar girls basketball team in over a decade. Mabry is the Raiders' leading scorer and occasionaly out-scores other teams, but she's also known for playing terrific defense. Off the court, she is president of her senior class and her school's national honor society. She's also an all-state soccer player and a member of the Lamar cheer squad.
"Well, I've always heard about it, and I know it's a really good honor to be nominated for this. So, when my parents told me, I was really excited. I've been going to Lamar since I was in kindergarden, and I know it's a really small school. And so, I'm really excited to be representing that, and I'm glad I get to represent Meridian."
Mabry will play for Mississippi College next season.
All of Mississippi's heisman finalists will be honored at a banquet February 19th in Jackson. A male and female winner will be chosen to represent the state in the award's National Competition.