Thorsby students find success in academics and athletics

Chandler Moon and Lauren Wyatt represented Thorsby High School in this year’s Wendy’s High School Heisman competition. (Contributed Photo)

Chandler Moon and Lauren Wyatt represented Thorsby High School in this year’s Wendy’s High School Heisman competition. (Contributed Photo)

Chandler Moon and Lauren Wyatt were chosen to represent Thorsby High School as Wendy’s High School Heisman winners during the annual scholarship competition.

Though they did not make it past the school level portion of the event, they are both an example of what hard work and dedication can get you.

They applied for the scholarship contest, which included writing an essay.

“They wanted a well-rounded student,” Wyatt said. “Someone who could handle sports and achieve academically as well. You have to balance the two.”

Moon plays football, golf and maintains around a 4.1 GPA, while Wyatt plays basketball, volleyball, has a 4.36 GPA and scored a 31 on her ACT.

The selection process focused on how many years they had been playing sports and factored in grades throughout all four years of high school.

“It definitely should help in the college application process,” Wyatt said. “Even though we did not advance to the part that offered the scholarship, it is always an honor to be chosen to represent our school.”

Both have received their share of well wishes from both family and friends since they found out about being selected.

“What I love about Thorsby is that nobody is jealous,” Moon said. “They are all so congratulating.”

Moon gave credit to his family, especially his mother for being his motivation to get good grades.

He first learned of the news from Wyatt who found out from a link that her mom had posted on Facebook.

“I didn’t think I would win,” Moon said. “I’m still coming down from the high.”

Many schools speak about preserving the definition of a student-athlete.

Moon and Wyatt are examples that at Thorsby, those are not just words but a reality.

“Our coaches make sure from the first practice that grades come first,” Wyatt said. “You know that if you don’t push yourself, you’re not going to get the opportunity to play.”

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