Two Sayre students named state high school Heisman finalists
A pair of Sayre High School seniors have been named to the top twenty Pennsylvania finalists in the 2011-12 Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program.
With the announcement of this remarkable school achievement, Sayre High School now has one male student in the Heisman Top Ten Pennsylvania Males Award List and one female in the Heisman Top Ten Pennsylvania Females Award List.
Alexander Porter is Sayre's male Award recipient and Sarah Polinski is the female Award recipient.
Alexander and Sarah are now two of the 1,020 state finalists from all fifty states selected for this honored achievement. For their accomplishments, Alexander and Sarah have been awarded a Heisman Bronze Medal, Heisman Award Patch and Wendy's gift card. The Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics and community /school involvement. The award program, created in 1994 and sponsored by Wendy's Restaurants, highlights men and women in their senior year of high school who have at least a "B" grade average and letter in at least one of 33 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High Schools. The students are carefully judged on their senior high school academic achievements, varsity athletic accomplishments, community and school service.
Sayre's male Heisman winner, Alexander Porter, is a two-year member of the SHS Chapter of the National Honor Society, where this year he is the Treasurer. He has been on the Principal's Honor Roll every marking period since his freshman year and has been the Treasurer of his graduating class since the freshman year.
Alexander's varsity athletics include cross country and swimming, where he has been team captain for the past two years. He was a member of the 2011 All-Star Cross Country Team and a 2012 member of the
all-star swimming team. He is also a member of the Redskin track & field team and was named the SHS Winter Sports "Athlete of the Year."
As a sophomore, he earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. In music, Alexander was a freshman member of the Jazz Band and a member of the SHS Concert Band in all four high school years.
Alexander's achievements include being the recipient of the "DAR Good Citizenship Award" and the Bradford County "Discovering Tomorrow's Leaders Award." He was also named a 2010 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador. Alexander has been a 4-H Club member for nine years, specializing in market lambs and vegetable gardening. As a Navigators' 4-H Club member, he won the 2010 Troy Fair's 4-H Grand champion Market Lamb competition.
He works with the Athens United Methodist Church "Kids for Christ" Choir and is involved in many community service projects with the church Youth Group. He is the son of Burdett and Cynthia Porter of Sayre. Alexander plans to attend Allegheny College to major in Biochemistry.
Sayre's female Heisman Award winner is Sarah Polinski. Sarah is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a two year member of the SHS Chapter of the National Honor Society, where she is currently serving as the Chapter Vice President. She has been on the SHS Principal's Honor Roll every marking period since her freshman year. She is a six year Student Council Member, and has been President for three years. Sarah has been a member of the concert, jazz, and marching bands for six years, and has led the Marching Redskins as drum major for three years. She has been a vocalist in the SHS Concert Choir and the Crimson Blues a capella Group, and has been involved in five SHS musical productions.
In varsity athletics, Sarah is a three sport letterer, most recently leading as captain and co-captain of the coccer and track & tield teams. In soccer she has been named an NTL first team All-Valley All-Star, and tirst team All-Region All-Star in both her junior and senior years. She has been the recipient of the Presidential Physical Fitness Award since seventh grade.
During her freshman and sophomore years, Sarah was a District Qualifier on the Redskin Swim Team, and currently holds 2 school records.
Sarah's achievements include being the National Champion of the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, a three time national qualifier and a semi-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation at the National Forensics League Tournament, and was the 2nd place finisher in the 2012 PA State Forensics Competition. She is the recipient of the National Marching Band Award, and is a three year Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania All-State Chorus for two years, Region 4 Chorus for three years, District 8 Chorus for three years, and District 8 Jazz Chorus for two years. This year Sarah was awarded the District 8 Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association Choral Award.
Sarah's community service includes freshman through senior year participation in the Salvation Army "Red Kettle" Bell Ringing, VFW Buddy Poppy Drive, and the "Rusty Rail" Food Drive. She is the lead vocalist at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, and enjoys community Christmas Caroling each year. Sarah also performs in the community at local church services, fundraisers, and weddings. She is the daughter of Daniel and Judy Polinski of Sayre. Sarah will be attending Susquehanna University in the fall of 2012 to major in Music Education.