Parker Collignon and Camron BlandfordOWENSBORO, Ky. (11/27/17) — There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example — in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Wendy’s High School Heisman has recognized two such students — Camron Blandford and Parker Collignon from Apollo High School for their dedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners.
“These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence," said Cristy Dame, Apollo Senior Guidance Counselor. "We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing their hard work,”

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.

Blandford and Collignon received a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch.

Blandford is incredibly involved in high school activities, community organizations and has a 4.0 grade point average. She also maintains excellent grades and attendance, and has taken honors level, AP and college level classes throughout high school. This preparation will serve Blandford well as she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Advertising, and when she furthers her education by earning a Master’s degree in a specialized area of business.

Blandford has been a member of the Apollo High School Future Business Leaders of America for four years, a member of Student Council for three years and currently serves as the Senior Class Vice President. She has been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years, has played on the Apollo varsity tennis team for two years, and has played varsity soccer for four years and served as team captain this year. Blandford has also been involved with AMP, Apollo Mentoring Program. She mentored some freshman students to help their transition to high school be as smooth as possible and she stayed in contact with them throughout the schoolyear.

Blandford is very active in Dance Blue, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and treatment. She serves as a committee member and helps organize the six-hour non-stop dance marathon — the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Outside of school, Blandford is active in her church youth group and has served as a leader for Vacation Bible School for the past four years. She is a two-year member of Academy of Young Leaders and does mentoring and activities with middle schools to promote a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. Blandford has been involved with the Wendell H. Ford Statesmanship Academy for two years and has performed many hours of community service with this organization. To help earn some of her own money in the summers, Blandford has taught tennis lessons at Owensboro Country Club.
Collignon is involved in high school activities. He is extremely involved with tennis, has a 4.0 grade point average, and has goals of studying business in college and then earning a specialized Master’s degree.
Collignon has taken rigorous courses throughout high school. By the time Collignon graduates at the end of the current schoolyear, he will have taken more than five AP level courses, will have taken at least three AP exams and will have studied foreign language three years in high school. He will be earning a Daviess County Public Schools Honors Diploma. Collignon will be in an elite group of only 10 percent of the students in his graduating class to earn that distinction.
Equally impressive to academics is Collignon's involvement in high school and US Tennis Association athletics. Collignon as excelled in tennis and has played the past 4 years for Apollo High School. He has won numerous regional awards at tennis tournaments, including Most Valuable Player. Collignon has also played within the US Tennis Association organization for four years. The year-round competitive group requires Collignon to be committed to practicing at least six days per week and involves working with tennis professionals in the community. It takes a large amount of discipline and dedication to attend all of the practices and to keep up with his schoolwork while playing for two leagues during the year. This effort has paid off as Collignon went from being ranked 15th in the state USTA Tennis Association to sixth this November. He is very athletic and active while managing to maintain a high grade point average in school.

In addition to tennis, Collignon has been very involved with National Honor Society for two years, Future Business Leaders of America for three years and with Student Council. He was Vice President of his junior class and this year is President of his senior class. Collignon also serves on the Superintendent Student Advisory Council for Daviess County Public Schools. He has also been a member of the Wendell H. Ford Statesmanship Academy for two years and has performed many hours of community service within this organization. Collignon has also taught summer tennis lessons at Owensboro Country Club.


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