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Cullen Reed named Wendy’s High School Heisman winner
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Cullen Reed - photo by Amy French

Dawson County High School senior Cullen Reed was recently recognized by the Wendy’s Company as a school winner in the Wendy’s High School Heisman.

After a delayed notification, Reed was one of two students to be recognized at DCHS in the program that lauds students who “work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community” according to a statement from Wendy’s.

“It was just cool to represent Dawson County High School since it’s such a big or national stage,” Reed said. “I was happy to be a part of that.” 

Reed is a multi-sport athlete at DCHS where he has played golf for three years and basketball for four including twice being named to the all-region team in basketball.

Basketball practices began this week and he said that he and his fellow senior teammates are looking forward to what they can accomplish this season.

“I am excited. It’s our last ride for like five of us. We are going to look to make a run. We have all played for three or four years, most of us, on varsity,” Reed said. “It will be tough but we are looking forward to it. We feel like we can compete with mostly everyone on our schedule.”

From early spring until basketball begins, Reed spends a good amount of time on the golf course and enjoys the varsity golf team. Last year’s varsity team finished 10th in the state.

With a 4.25 grade point average, he is currently ranked 10th in his class of 234 students and was honored as a Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholar. 

He would like to pursue a degree in landscape architecture or business at either the University of North Georgia or the University of Georgia. 

Reed is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, the Spanish National Honor Society and was a part of the inaugural class of Dawson Youth Leadership. He has also been a Junior Marshal.

He is also a four year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has volunteered at local elementary schools and with the Miss Sparkle Pageant. 

His work experience and education goals are ones that coincide with the work done by his father, Kevin Reed, who is a civil engineer. 

Reed has worked in lawn maintenance, bio-crisis management and as an intern in civil engineering. 

“My dad is a civil engineer so it’s kind of hand in hand I guess,” he said. “Business and landscape architecture, they are not the same, but for what my dad does I could kind of go into either one and maybe work with him some.”

The Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored over 600,000 exemplary students in the last 22 years. School winners receive a certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman patch. 

Marley Hamby was the other winner named for DCHS in October.