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January 25, 2010 - Jennifer Houtman
When the Harlem Globetrotters take to the court at Ban Johnson Field House Tuesday evening, they will be met by five local elementary school students working as junior reporters for The Marietta Times.

The Times asked area youngsters to sign up for a chance to win four tickets, interview a player and receive an autographed basketball. The students were to tell us why they want to be a junior reporter and many of them also told us why they love basketball, and why they love the Harlem Globetrotters. Each will get a chance to ask a player questions and we will run their stories in the print newspaper and online later in the week.

Our junior reporters for the evening are: third-grader Jalen King; fourth-grader Corben Brooker; fifth-grader Hannah Crone; and sixth-grader Ally Brooker (no relation to Corben.)

We chose another student, Brylee Weekley, a third-grader, who wrote a compelling story about how much she missed her older brother who recently left for the Marines and was sent to Haiti to help with earthquake relief efforts there. She talked about how the family was sad and how going to the game would really cheer them up. And, she said she wants to auction her autographed basketball off on ebay to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. We thought it was really special that she wanted to honor her brother in that way.

Congratuations to all of the winners, and for the students who weren't selected this time, we plan to have junior reporters for upcoming events, too.


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