There was a reception following Friday’s ceremony, plus still plenty left on the weekend itinerary.
“Oh my goodness, this has been amazing,” Henry said after getting back to his hotel after midnight in New York. “And it’s just getting started.”
Henry and the other finalists — Lauren Van Vlierbergen of Algonquin, Ill., was the girls winner — will be special guests at the college football Heisman Trophy presentation. Henry said he believes he will be sitting one or two rows behind Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
“It’s the craziest thing,” he said.
Henry and Van Vlierbergen will be showcased during ESPN’s telecast. Friday’s high school ceremony can be seen on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes a student’s athletic accomplishments as well as celebrates the person’s academic achievements and community leadership. Henry won the high school Heisman trophy as well as a $500 gift card to Wendy’s restaurants. Union High School will receive a $10,000 donation from Wendy’s.
Henry was a three-year starting quarterback for the Titans, helping Union make the playoffs every season.
Henry organized a successful food drive every year through Clark County Youth Football, with the proceeds benefitting the Clark County Food Bank. He also raised more than $21,000 last year for a trip to Africa to help a poultry farm and build a sports court for a school.
Henry wrote a speech but did not take any notes with him to the stage after he won.
He said he researched the inspiring story of Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and is proud to be associated with the award.
“I’m just so honored to be a new member of the High School Heisman fraternity,” Henry said.
He met several of the past winners and learned what it meant to them.
“It’s a huge responsibility for me to carry this on and make sure it continues to grow,” Henry said.
The winners were involved in photo shoots after the ceremony and the reception lasted a couple of hours.
“We stayed at the Best Buy Theater until they kicked us out,” Henry said. “We would have talked all night. A special group of people.”
The finalists have another long day planned Saturday, including an ice skating trip at Rockefeller Center and a visit to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular. Then, of course, the Heisman Trophy presentation.
“I’m just so appreciative for everyone who has done so much for me in our community,” Henry said. “It’s been a great experience. I’ll never forget it.”