Steamboat Springs High School senior Kylee Swiggart has been named one of 20 state finalists for the 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. The award looks at excellence in academics, athletics and community and school leadership. A state winner will be announced Saturday, and a national winner will be named in December.

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Kylee Swiggart has been named one of 20 state finalists for the 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. The award looks at excellence in academics, athletics and community and school leadership. A state winner will be announced Saturday, and a national winner will be named in December.

Swiggart a High School Heisman finalist

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— Steamboat Springs High School Assistant Principal Marty Lamansky likes to joke that he wishes he could hire senior Kylee Swiggart to run all student organized events.

That might be a little too much to ask, however, considering Swiggart's fully loaded schedule.

In addition to just wrapping up volleyball and working on her tennis game, Swiggart is president of her class, president of the Future Business Leaders of America at the school, in the Leadership Class and a vital member of the Police Committee.

Oh, and she has a 4.0 grade-point average.

For all these things, Swiggart has been named one of 20 state finalists for the 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

More than 50,000 seniors applied nationwide, and 10,848 were selected as finalists.

The award looks at excellence in academics, athletics, and community and school leadership.

On Saturday, one male and one female will be named Colorado winners. They will be in contention for the national title Dec. 11 in New York City.

"Kylee is like your dream student," Lamansky said. "She's very enthusiastic. She's very organized. : She interacts as well with the teachers as she does with the other students."

Swiggart applied online earlier this year. Although she doesn't know whether she'll win, it won't be for lack of effort.

In addition to all of her extracurricular activities, Swiggart is a pretty darn good athlete.

Last tennis season, along with No. 1 doubles partner Sara Bearss, Swiggart won a state title.

"Kylee is not only a hard worker, but also a very good competitor when it comes to match play," Steamboat tennis coach John Aragon said. "She's a really well-rounded person on and off the court. She's just got a great personality."

Swiggart said she thought she was selected for her athletic achievements and ability to balance her busy schedule. She said although the state title might stand out the most to other people, it's not necessarily the thing she is most proud of.

"I love sports," she said. "But sports are more for a personal or team aspect. These clubs are helping other members in the community or other kids in the school."

Swiggart plans to go to college next fall where she expects to study something related to children.

Nationally, one male and one female receive the Wendy's High School Heisman and have $10,000 donated to their schools. That winner will be recognized during ESPN's broadcast of the college Heisman winner Dec. 12.

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