Alex Barnes, a senior at Winters Mill High School, was a Maryland state winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship and has been selected as a national finalist. He was one of the top five male athletes out of approximately 42,000 applicants.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better and be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants also must perform in at least one of the 47 school-sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Barnes played on the Winters Mill JV football team as a freshman and has been a quarterback on the Varsity team for the past three years. He received second team all-county honors as a sophomore and a junior and has been a captain for three out of the four years he has played.
Barnes also has been a member of the basketball team for the past three years. As a freshman, he was moved up to Varsity and helped the team win the 2015 basketball county championship. He has been captain of the team for three years.
As a member of the baseball team for three years, Barnes played on the JV team as a freshman and started on the Varsity team for the past two seasons. He has been captain all three seasons and received second-team all-county honors as a sophomore and first-team all-county honors last year as a junior.
Barnes also is active in many other aspects of school life. He is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Advanced Percussion Ensemble. He is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, which tutors music students to help them learn pieces and read music, works in the community, participates in local music events, and holds monthly coffee houses.
Barnes also is a member of the National Honor Society and has served as class president for three of the past four years. He also has been a homeroom/advisory representative in school-wide student government for three years. Barnes is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Ski Club, the Mock Trial team, and the Veterans Day Assembly Board.
Among his many awards, Barnes has been recognized as a Carson Scholar, WTTR Athlete of the Week, BTC All-Star Game selection, Baseball Most Valuable Player, and a George W. White Service Award recipient.
Barnes volunteers for the Gina’s Warriors Foundation, a group started by his family following the passing of his mother, which awards scholarships to local students and donates thousands of dollars to cancer research and treatment. He also works with the Blue Valor Foundation to help support the families of fallen police officers.
The 10 national finalists were selected from 100 state winners, made up of five senior males and five senior females from each of the five geographic Heisman regions. National Finalists received a $1,000 college scholarship.
Barnes will be interviewed at halftime of one of the state championship football games on November 30, 2018, in Annapolis.