WMBD/WYZZ-TV - EL PASO, Ill. - El Paso-Gridley's Rebekah Ehresman isn't caught off guard on the basketball floor too often.
But she admits being a finalist for the Wendy's High School Hesiman has completely stunned her.
"At first I was shocked and in disbelief," said Ehresman. "There's so many great student athletes out there. A lot of them doing more than me but this is where God wants me.I realized he put me here for a reason."
The senior is one of 12 finalists for the award which celebrates dedication to academics, athletics and community service. The Wendy's Heisman winner will be announce Friday in New York with the winner then being invited to the Saturday ceremony when college football's top player will win the Heisman trophy.
The honor roll student, who's involved in student council and key club, is making a big impact in a small school in central Illinois.
"I hope other girls see this opportunity and think, 'Wow, that doesn't just happen to girls in big cities" -- which is what I thought," said Ehresman. "I never expected to be here but it really can happen to anyone."
Ehresman is an all-state player in both volleyball and basketball.
"Rebecca is an exceptional athlete. She's all about excellence in the classroom, the court, out in the community," said El Paso-Gridley basketball coach Kyle Bobbitt. "She's one of a kind, a rare breed that (rarely) comes around. It's been an honor to coach her."
Ehresman is tickled to death to be the girl from the small town going to the Big Apple for such a big ceremony. The thing she says she's most nervous about is the plane ride.
"I'm a little nervous. I've never been on a plane. I'm excited," said Ehresman with a laugh. "I've thought about what am I going to do on the plane? How am I going to react."
She's fly high with grades, sports and charity work. Maybe she'll fly home with a Heisman Trophy.