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Massachusetts Teen a High School Heisman Finalist


Kristabel Stark, a senior at Whitinsville Christian High School, was one of 12 national finalists for Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, an award given for academic achievements, community service, and athletic accomplishments.

Stark, a member of New England Chapel Christian Reformed Church in Franklin, Mass., joined the other finalists in New York City in December where the two national winners were named.

An ESPN camera crew followed Stark for a “day in the life” profile aired during the televised awards program on ESPN2. Stark’s school received $2,000.

The award, sponsored by Wendy’s, is given in conjunction with the more famous Heisman awarded each December to the most outstanding player in collegiate football.

The winner of the High School Heisman, which celebrates the achievements of the United States’ top high school seniors, was selected from a pool of 54,000 applicants.

Stark has played soccer, basketball, tennis, and track and field in high school. She has been on the high honor roll every quarter, and played violin in the high school and chamber orchestras. She participated in music/service tours to Mississippi, New Orleans, and Washington, DC.

She said her biggest challenge is “finding a balance and managing my time.” She added, “The different activities have only served to make me a whole person.”

Stark plans to pursue a medical career in college next fall.

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