St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Katelyn Irene Watts and Richard “Bubba” D’Angleo have been named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. To be eligible for this award, students must display academic aptitude, athletic talent and community leadership.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman program, awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the top award in college football, the WHSH award is known for being the most prestigious award at the high school level. The award encourages future leadership by recognizing well-balanced lifestyles at an early age.
Bubba is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Teresa D’Angelo of Gulfport, MS. A member of the National Honor Society, he was named to the National Society for High School Scholars. At St Patrick, he participates in Robotics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Arts and Crafts Club, and Interact Club.
He has participated in Varsity Football in grades 9-12 and was named an All District player. He has plays soccer and also participates in Powerlifting, capturing the District Squat Record, District Dead Lift Records, and District Overall Record for 2008-2009.
Bubba has served as Altar Server in grades three through twelve and has also served as Assistant Instructor of Altar Servers at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Bubba is an Eagle Scout (Troop 207), Junior Assistant Scout Master, and has received the Silver citizenship Medal and Citizenship Citation Award from the American Legion Southern District as their Eagle Scout of the Year 2009.
He plans to attend Louisiana Technology University, major in Biomedical Engineering. His goal is to invent a realistically human functioning artificial hand.
Katelyn is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bobby Watts of Biloxi, MS. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Interact, Key Club, Science Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and SADD Club. Katelyn was recently selected as 2009 Homecoming Queen at St. Patrick.
She has lettered in cheerleading for the past three years, and has served as co-captain in 2009-2010. She plays soccer and has been named All-District the past two years as well as a member of the2008 Sun Herald All-Coast team.
Katelyn plans to major in pre-med.
Created in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman program celebrates youth excellence. The program consists of six stages – applicants, school winners, state finalists, state winners, national finalists and national winners. Entries are initially evaluated by ACT Assessment during the Applicant, State Finalist and State Winner phases and then passed on to a distinguished panel of judges. Twelve national finalists will be selected from the state finalists. The prestigious award is sponsored by Wendy's International, Inc. one of the world's largest and most successful restaurant operating and franchising companies.