Norman North's Briana Kuestersteffen named a national finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman

The Norman North senior, who constantly juggles basketball, soccer, acting, and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, is one of 12 national finalists for the award.
by Trent Shadid Published: November 21, 2013

— Briana Kuestersteffen is used to being busy.

The Norman North senior constantly juggles basketball, soccer, acting, and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. But Thursday was quite eventful, even for her.

After finishing her makeup in preparation for her role in Norman North's Thursday morning production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Kuestersteffen headed over to the gym to be recognized at a schoolwide assembly.

Kuestersteffen thought she was only being honored by her school as Oklahoma's female winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman, an award she won earlier this month.

To her surprise, the event was actually to name Kuestersteffen as one of 12 national finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman — an award recognizing student-athletes for their hard work and dedication in athletics, academics, and community leadership.

“I was shocked and excited,” Kuestersteffen said. “I was getting prepared for the musical and focusing on that and when I got the news at the assembly I was so shocked. I had no idea that was coming or what to say.”

She will head to New York City next month, where the national winner will be announced Dec. 13 during a televised ceremony on an ESPN network.

As a national finalist, she receives a gold medal and $2,000 for her high school. The national winner will receive a trophy, $500 Wendy's gift card and a donation of $10,000 to their high school.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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