Standout athlete Luke Golden recently was selected as the Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner for Long County High School.
Golden, who excels on both the football field and the baseball diamond, also is a scholar in the classroom.
“Luke possesses all of the qualities that you want in every student-athlete. He works hard in both the classroom and on the playing field, he is a high character guy that goes above and beyond, he has strong values and morals and is a role model that we need for young kids to emulate,” LCHS Athletic Director Karen Swindell said.
As a senior for the Blue Tide football team, Golden was one of the key members on both the offense and defense who helped lead the team to a 5-5 record, its best finish in school history.
Some of the school awards Golden has received as a member of the football team include the Outstanding Receiving Award and Offensive Specialist Award.
He also earned the Student Athlete Award for academics his freshman, sophomore and junior years. As a junior he also made second team All-Region 2-AA as a tight end, and as a freshman he was a member of the region’s All-Freshman team.
He has been recognized by the school for his play on the baseball diamond, and in March of 2011 he threw a no-hitter against McIntosh County Academy. In 2011, he played baseball for the Savannah Chain team and was selected as a member of Team Georgia.
“He has outstanding work ethics and always works to get better,” Swindell said. “Luke will be successful in life because he has want it takes to be successful and the drive to push himself to the limit, If I had a son I would want him to be just like Luke…this award is a very high honor and Luke is very deserving.”
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Program was created in 1994 to recognize outstanding high school seniors who excel in athletics, academics and in the community. Students are nominated by principals, teachers, or coaches. Awards are given out to outstanding students and then of these local winners the most exceptional recipients are narrowed down to twelve national finalists.
The eventual winner is presented with a trophy and a $10,000 check goes to their high school.