Westminster’s Zachary Hughes wins ‘High School Heisman’

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NEW YORK, NY (KTVI)- This weekend marks one of the first busy weekends of the high school basketball season, but for one Westminster Christian Academy student-athlete, this weekend will bring memories to last a lifetime. Zachary Hughes was named Friday as the  has been honored with the 2015 Boys Wendy’s High School Heisman.

The award recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom, on the field and show leadership in their communities.

Hughes won the award out of a field of 900 state finalists nationally. He received the award in New York City as part of Heisman weekend. Saturday night, the Downtown Athletic Club will announce the 2015 Heisman Trophy to the nation’s top college football player.

Hughes is a letterman on Westminster Christian Academy’s basketball, track and football teams. Here’s in part how he was described on the Wendy’s High School Heisman website:

His asthmatic lungs often resist two-hour conditioning sessions. But Zach knows each of his teammates faces challenges, too. He chooses to make the effort instead of the excuse, exemplifying dedication and commitment. Zach pushes through the academic challenges he faces, as well. When he earned a D on his first AP biology test, instead of dropping the class, he resolved to study harder. He ended up thoroughly enjoying the course and earning high marks.

Zach believes that working hard makes achievement all the sweeter. This conviction keeps him focused, even when things get most challenging. He says he’s built his strongest relationships with others who have struggled through hardships alongside him. And at the end of the day, Zach loves all that he does. For him, the rewards of accomplishment are well worth the effort.