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Washington's Vittetoe a finalist for High School Heisman Award

By Travis J. Brown, Journal Sports Editor | Nov 05, 2012
Johannah Vittetoe

Johannah Vittetoe has been selected as one of 20 state finalists for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Vittetoe, a senior at Washington High School, is one of just 10 female state finalists. Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 688 applicants came from Iowa and have been narrowed down to the state’s 20 finalists.

“It’s a nice honor, definitely,” Washington athletic director Bryce Smeins said. “Anytime you get into the top 20 of anything statewide, that’s pretty good.”

Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 19th year, is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level. The finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

Vittetoe plays three sports — volleyball, basketball and track — at Washington High School.

She started at center and earned all-conference honorable mention for the Washington girls’ basketball team last winter, helping the Demons to an 18-5 record and the Southeast Conference championship. She led the team in rebounding with 5.2 per game, and she was third on the team in steals with 42. She also averaged 4.4 points per game.

Although she missed the 2012 volleyball season with an elbow injury, she was one of Washington’s key players in 2011. The Demons’ starting middle hitter earned second team all-conference honors after leading the team with 57 blocks and ranking third on the squad in kills with 158.

She also ran on Washington’s sprint and distance medley relays at the 2011 state track and field meet.

Vittetoe, the daughter of Tom and Tammy Vittetoe, is also active in many other activities, including dance and 4-H.

Ella Akin of Corning, Danielle Bender of Bellevue Marquette, Kaylee Blake of IKM-Manning, Angela Hoogland of Springville, Kristin Ketelaar of Davenport Assumption, Kayla Mennenga of Clarksville, Heather Poula of West Branch, Katie Thompson of Aplington-Parkersburg and Katelynn Tracy of Moravia are the other female state finalists.

These finalists are now in the running to become state winners, the next phase of the program as applicants advance to become national winners. The two state winners — one female and one male — will be announced this week. Of those state winners, 12 will be chosen as national finalists and will go on to compete for the national winner title in New York City on Dec. 7.

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