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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.

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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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