Daniel James Gonzalez, a senior at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, was named one of 10 Texas male finalists of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program, honoring young men and women who excel in learning and leading in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
Recipients of the honor must be high-school seniors with a grade point average of B (3.0) or better, participate in a school-sponsored sport and be leader in school and in the community.
Gonzalez, a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), is a starting wide receiver/defensive back for TMI’s varsity football team and serves as battalion commander of the Texas Military Institute Corps of Cadets.
He previously was selected as one of two school winners, along with senior Brooke Dippo-Foderaro, also a member NHS; recipient of the Alkek Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition merit award; varsity swimmer and football manager; and officer of TMI’s Interact community-service club, who recently was named Miss San Antonio (Miss America system).
As one of 20 Texas state finalists – 10 boys and 10 girls — Gonzalez moves on to compete to be among 102 state winners, who will be announced Monday, Nov. 5. State winners advance in competition to become national winners, to be announced in December on ESPN in conjunction with the National Heisman Trophy presentation in New York.
Since 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program has recognized more than 250,000 of the nation’s most outstanding high-school seniors in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee.