Courtesy of Tapintoclark
CLARK, NJ - George Visconti Jr., an Arthur L. Johnson High School senior was awarded the Wendy’s High School Heisman award in recognition of his leadership both on the courts and in the classroom.
According to ALJ officials, George has been a competitive athlete throughout his years at ALJ. His contributions to the basketball program are significant, most notably leading the 2016-2017 team to the Central Jersey Group 2 State Championship game, a first for the Crusaders.
George has been a starter for the basketball team since his freshman year, and holds the school record for most points with one year remaining in his playing career.
In school, George maintains a high grade point average in honors and Advanced Placement level courses. He participates in the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council as well as many other school activities.
According to the Wendy's High School Heisman website the award was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Thomas was a high school dropout who went on to become a successful entrepreneur.
Thomas worried that his unusual journey to success might inspire others to leave school early and expect similar results, as indicated on their website. As a result Thomas went back to school at the age of 61 and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
The site goes on to describe Thomas as being inspired by this moment and wanting to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.