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FOX News anchor to speak at banquet

April 13, 2005|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

On May 10, local high school athletes who have overcome adversity to become a member of an athletic team will be recognized at the True Grit Awards Ceremony.

The event, to be held at the Four Points Sheraton on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, will feature keynote speaker Kelly Wright. A Hagerstown resident, Wright is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel and works in the network's Washington bureau.

Wright was born and raised in Hagerstown, except for four years when his family moved to Washington. They returned to Hagerstown in time for him to start high school at St. Maria Goretti, where he graduated.

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Never a star athlete himself during his two years of Little League baseball and as a freshman on Goretti's basketball team, Wright said he was surrounded by cousins and friends who were.

The awards ceremony is co-sponsored by the Hagerstown YMCA, Washington County Public Schools and several area businesses.

Athletes who are high school seniors in both public and private schools are nominated by their coaches. The students being recognized are those whose contributions to the team weren't as obvious as the "star" players, but whose persistance and endurance helped their team succeed.

Each student honored will receive a $500 scholarship and a one-year membership to the Hagerstown YMCA.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with social time, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 11.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the YMCA at 301-739-3990.

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