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Media Contact: Sue Briggs, Avondale Schools, 248.537.6041, susan.briggs@avondale.k12.mi.us; Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.651.7536, barbara@eafocus.com

Auburn Hills, Mich. —April 1, 2014—- Avondale School District, an achievement-oriented learning community focused on student leadership and success in academics, the arts and athletics, announces Avondale High School senior, Jabbar Mims, has received the Wendy’s High School Heisman. The award honors seniors throughout the country who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the classroom, on the field and in the community. To be eligible for the Wendy’s High School Heisman, students must be a member of the high school class of 2014, have a cumulative high school grade point average of a 3.0 or above, and participate in at least one of 27 eligible school-sponsored sports.

Jabbar is the son of Samuel and Michelle Mims of Auburn Hills. He was a varsity starter on the basketball team for three years, earning All-League selection each of those years. He was also a member of the varsity football team, starting for the Yellowjackets the last two seasons, and earned a letter in track his sophomore year. He plans to attend Florida Atlantic University, Michigan State University or Howard University in the fall.

“We congratulate Jabbar for his recognition in this national award program and for his academic and athletic successes,” said Avondale Superintendent, Dr. George Heitsch.

About the Wendy’s High School Heisman
Since 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program has honored more than 395,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy® Committee. The leadership award-honorees are well-rounded young men and women who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Learn more here.

About Avondale School District
The Avondale School District is a collaborative community of teachers, staff and families working together to assure student success. The district, encompassing portions of Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Troy and Rochester Hills, celebrates the richness of a diverse student population and strives to be a model school community that prepares students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens to the world that awaits them upon graduation. Learn more about Avondale Schools, an AdvancED certified district, at www.avondale.k12.mi.us.