Fort Payne High School cross country and track and field athlete Collyn Davis was named as an Alabama state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award on Monday.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman award aims to recognize high school senior athletes who are proven leaders and role models within their school and community.
Collyn was nominated for the award by Valorie Barnes who is a history teacher at the high school.
She said she was surprised to hear that she advanced as a state finalist.
“My mom was the first person to find out about it,” Collyn said. “We were just really shocked and surprised that out of all the people that applied for this, they chose me. It was just a really great moment and I’m very happy they chose me.”
Collyn’s mother and cross country coach Marcie Davis said she’s proud of what Collyn has accomplished.
“We’re honored that she was named as a state finalist,” Marcie said. “She has had a great career in track and she is a very hard worker. She ran her first 5K when she was six years old and she actually won it. She has had a ton of success as a runner and she’s just always had really good speed and endurance.”
Out of 363 athletes who named winners at their schools in Alabama, Collyn earned a spot in the top 10 as a state finalist.
She will find out whether if she advances to the next stage and is named a state winner this week. Each state winner is guaranteed to receive a $1,000 scholarship if they do not advance further.
Out of the 50 boys and 50 girls who are named state winners, the judging panel will name 5 boys and girls as national finalists. These athletes will receive an invitation to the Wendy’s High School Heisman Weekend, including the National Awards Banquet in New York City and a gold medal. Eight of the 10 national finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships.
The two remaining athletes will be named national winners. Both athletes will receive national honor and recognition during ESPN’s national telecast of college football’s Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation, a $10,000 scholarship and a $500 Wendy’s gift card.
Collyn has been an All-State track and field athlete for five-straight years since she began competing with the high school team when she was in seventh grade.
She holds the school record for the 800-meter run and has been a part the 4x800-meter relay team that has won at the state meet in each of the last three years.
Collyn has received multiple scholarship offers but says she’s exactly sure what she’ll do after she graduates in May.
“I still have plenty of time to think and pray on it,” Collyn said. “I’m still deciding on whether I want to go Auburn or Alabama and whether I’ll run in college. I do plan on majoring in education.”