HEISMAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AWARD!
It is a banner day for the sport of snowshoeing.
Soleil Gayloard, Telluride, Colorado, won the Female award in
New York City on Friday, December 8, 2017. The male winner,
Jackson Destin, lives in Delray Beach, Florida.
Sports Director of the United States Snowshoe Association, Mark
Elmore, said "We are so proud and happy for Soleil in her win of
the Wendy's Heisman National High School Award for
2017. Singlehandedly with this deserved honor, she raises the
sport of snowshoeing on the global competition map. Twice
winning the US Junior National Champion (2016, 2017) and member
of those USSSA National Junior Snowshoe Teams, she also claimed
a World Snowshoe Federation Champion title in 2017. This is such
a thrill for all of us to share with her and her family."
This annual award in conjunction with the college Heisman Trophy
presentation recognizes the elite of the elite with academics
and sports linked with community involvement. A female and male
winner from state competitions moves on to the national levels
where the list is pared to the top five per gender. From that
list, Soleil and Jackson won 2017's prize.
She receives at $10,000 college scholarship as well as national
honor and recognition during the ESPN broadcast of the college
Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation and the Wendy's High School
Heisman National Winner patch. That patch will look very good on
her USSSA National Team jacket she received just before the
For a full list of Soleil's athletic achievements, academic
honors and awards, along with school and community involvement,