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Versailles’ Samuel Prakel is greeted by his parents, Mike and Christy Prakel, at his surprise Wendy’s High School Heisman finalist ceremony Wednesday morning at the Versailles High School gymnasium.
VERSAILLES —The entire Versailles student body was assembled in secret on Wednesday morning to honor one special athlete: Samuel Prakel.
“We were all coming in here not suspecting anything special. But when they announced the (Wendy’s High School Heisman award), it was a pleasant surprise,” Prakel said. “Becoming a national finalist is just a dream come true.”
Prakel was chosen as one of 12 finalists to fly to New York City and compete for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award on Dec. 7. He also will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast Dec. 8 on ESPN2.