Pictured are Nina German and Brooks Italiano, the 2017 Wendy's High School Heisman award winners.
Pictured are Nina German and Brooks Italiano, the 2017 Wendy's High School Heisman award winners.
RIDGELAND – There are just some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion, and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field, and within the community. On Tuesday, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognized Brooks Italiano and Nina German from Ridgeland High School for their dedication on and off the athletic field by naming both as High School Heisman Winners.

Ridgeland High School head principal Tim Dowdy said of Brooks, “This student is known by his teachers and friends for his commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing his hard work.”

Italiano maintains a 3.6 GPA while being involved with numerous extracurricular activities.  He is involved with many organizations including Ridgeland High School Ambassadors, Ridgeland Junior Diplomat Program, and is serving his fourth consecutive year as Class President.  He serves as team captain of the Ridgeland High School football and soccer teams.  In the 2016 football season, he earned recognition as Region 2-5A First Team Most Valuable Punter, and Second Team All-State Punter.  Italiano has also played on the varsity baseball team since his 8th grade season, earning First Team All-Region during his sophomore season.

Ashley McQuirk, senior English teacher and assistant volleyball coach at RHS, says of Nina, “She is a joy to coach and teach; she takes guidance, correction, and critique well. She leads her teams primarily with her actions, and as a senior this year, she has taken the challenge during volleyball season of leading her team with some stellar performances. In the classroom, Nina also takes correction and critique well and has made continual improvements to her assignments in my class.”

German is a standout on the Titan volleyball and baskeball teams; she was named a 2017 All Star and All Conference for volleyball and All State, All Conference, and All Tournament for basketball. In addition to her athletic commitments, German is a member of the Junior Diplomats, Key Club, Volunteer Club, and Mu Alpha Theta all while mangaging to remain in the top 10 perccent of her class academically.