GATES MILLS, Ohio, November 10 – Gilmour Academy senior Brinn MacLellan ’21, of Chesterland, was notified that she was named a School Winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship Competition. Since its inception in 1994, the program has leveraged the reputation of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as a symbol of great ability combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the prestige of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, recognizing outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories happen not only on the field, but in their schools and communities as well.
To apply, seniors must have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participate in at least one of the 48 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee and/or the National Federation of State High School Associations and be a leader in their school and community. From an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes in the Class of 2021, MacLellan was one of the approximately 3,600 named School Winners.
By inviting male and female students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.
MacLellan is captain of Gilmour’s varsity volleyball team, currently in the Final Four of the Division II state competition. She has earned numerous athletic honors throughout her four years as a starter on Gilmour’s nationally ranked volleyball team. Most recently, she earned Division II All-Ohio Honorable Mention. She is also a founding member of the school’s varsity gymnastics team. She is a member of a host of service organizations, including the Courage 2 Act Crew, Baking for Rainbows and the Make a Difference Club. Last fall, she organized a fundraiser on campus for a teenage cousin battling leukemia. She is a Student Ambassador for Gilmour and has participated in the Junior Leadership Program and John Carroll University’s “ProjectLead” Leadership Summit. She volunteers at the Westside Catholic Center and WomenSafe.
Additionally, MacLellan is an exceptional student, with a cumulative GPA of 4.3. She has earned the Head of School Award for Excellence (top 10 percent of class and/or a 4.0 GPA) sophomore, junior and senior years; has earned subject awards in Alebra II, Spanish II, Spanish III, English 10, chemistry, speech and debate, AP Calculus, biology and AP US History; is a member of the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society; and is a speech and debate state qualifier.