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Brocious one of 20 state award finalists

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By Sharon Graves

A senior at Carroll County High School recently was named a state finalist in the annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award competition.

While Kory Brocious and fellow senior Keshia Henderson were named male and female school winners of the award, Brocious was notified in October that he is one of the top 10 male finalists for the state of Kentucky.

More than 200,000 students nationwide applied for the Wendy’s honor, according to the Web site.

Both Brocious and Henderson entered the contest by filling out an online application, at the recommendation high school guidance counselor Sheree Richter.

“Ms. Richter had given all the seniors a sheet that had different scholarships we could apply for, and that [the Wendy’s award] was on there,” Brocious said. “I was interested because I had heard about it before.”

He said the application is extensive. “You have to give a detailed report on community service you’re involved in, academics, things that are sports related, different kinds of sports that you play, and clubs you’re involved in.”

Out of all the winners from the high schools, the 10 boys and 10 girls are selected to be state finalists. When he found out he was included in this elite group, he went straight to Richter.

“She was real excited and she took it and looked online, and discovered that there were just 20 state finalists,” Brocious recalled. “I really didn’t know how big of a deal it was until Ms. Richter told me.”

Wendy’s has been recognizing scholar athletes and their accomplishments for 14 years, according to its site, WendysHighSchoolHeisman.com. The award was created to showcase high school students who excel in academics, athletics and community or school leadership.

A former Governor’s Scholar and a member of the Future Problem Solvers team, Brocious also is an accomplished athlete. He is a cross-country and track runner, and plays soccer and basketball.

In Oct., he and his dad, Bob Brocious, pastor of Carrollton Christian Church, were part of the team that helped carry Sarah Service on her quest to be the first paraplegic to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

The senior also is one of the teen members of Carrollton City Council. He and Christin Stoops attend council meetings twice a month as part of their duties.

Brocious and the other 19 finalists were invited to be guests on the Joe B. [Hall] and Denny [Crum] Radio Show on WKRD. Brocious said being interviewed on the radio was a cool experience.

Brocious received a plaque and a medal and a patch that he can put on his letterman’s jacket.

Still, he remains modest.

“It’s an honor to kind of make history at Carroll County,” He said. “Ms. Richter says I’m the first Carroll County state finalist to receive a Wendy’s Heisman award.”