Story last updated at 3:47 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2002

Crum wins state Heisman honor
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Homer High School senior Adam Crum, along with Anne Barker of Tri Valley in Healy, won the nomination to represent Alaska for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

The award honors student-athletes, a boy and a girl from each state and the District of Columbia, who have shown leadership in athletics, academia and in their communities at large.

Homer athletic director Chris Perk said Crum certainly fits that bill.

"Holy cow, he's a hard hitter," Perk said of Crum. "And one thing he does really well is leadership. The other kids really respond to him."

Crum, who serves as vice president of student government while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average, has participated in varsity football, wrestling, basketball and baseball, as well as a host of other extracurricular activities. He was selected from among 20 Alaska finalists.

"It feels pretty cool," Crum said. "I wasn't expecting to win."

Crum said that in addition to his athletic achievements, it was nice to receive recognition for the activities, clubs and student leadership that have marked his high school career.

Homer High School Principal Ron Keffer said Crum is an exceptional role model at the school.

"He's been a very active kid at our school," Keffer said. "He's a big contributor to an overall positive tone in our hallways. I really appreciate him."

The list of 102 state winners will be narrowed down to 12 national finalists, who will participate in Heisman weekend festivities in New York City Dec. 13-15, during which the 2002 award will be presented.

Sepp Jannotta can be reached at sjannotta@homer