She's 9 on 9-9-99

September 08, 1999

9 on 9/9/99By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

HALFWAY - Nine is definitely Marquis Clever's lucky number.

"I get presents on that day," said Marquis, a Halfway resident who just entered the fourth grade at Hickory Elementary School.

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And she's crossing nine fingers in hopes that something extra special might happen today.

Marquis was to turn 9 years old at 9:35 a.m. today - 9-9-99 - exactly nine years after she weighed in at 7 pounds, 9.5 ounces at Washington County Hospital.

"If she'd have been 9 pounds, we would've freaked," said Marquis's father, Gary Clever.

The Clever family isn't superstitious, but they think it's "really neat" that Marquis is celebrating her luckiest of birthdays, said her mother, Deanna Clever.


The big-time Backstreet Boys fan said her grandmother, Kaye Clever, made her change her clothes nine times before getting her picture taken for the event, which Marquis will mark with a slumber party.

Her nine overnight friends will perhaps play with her nine collectible Treasure Trolls, watch as she blows out nine birthday candles - and stay up way past 9 p.m.

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