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Ravens fan club honors four students, lineman Ngata

June 05, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Baltimore Ravens lineman Haloti Ngata, front center, is surrounded by four high school award winners of Ravens Nest 12. In the front row flanking Ngata are Josh Short, left, and Nick Harvey. In the back are Denton Marshall, left, and Luke Redick.
Photo by Tim Koelble,

HAGERSTOWN -- The Baltimore Ravens Nest 12 honored four high school individuals with varied goals during their annual banquet on Saturday evening at Hager Hall.

Those four -- Denton Marshall and Josh Short of Greencastle, Nick Harvey of Hancock and Lucas Redick of Berkeley Springs -- were awarded $750 scholarships each during the 11th annual event.

In addition, the Nest named Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata the NFL team's Player of the Year.

Marshall, who was recognized as the True Grit Scholarship winner, has a roadmap set for his future, which will begin in the fall at Montana State University. He carried a 4.0 grade-point average.

"I love nature, hunting and everything about farming," said Marshall, who has grown up on a 500-acre farm with his parents, overseeing 600 Black Angus.

Marshall plans on studying in the two-year agriculture mechanics program in college and, if necessary, will follow it up with another two years in agriculture operations.


"I've worked on the family farm earning money to pay for college," said Marshall, who also has a sister studying to be a veterinarian. "I can work on the equipment and she can be the vet."

Marshall also has an interest in late model dirt track racing, helping out driver Scott Palmer, who recently won at Hagerstown Speedway.

"It's a lot of fun when I have the time," said Marshall.

Redick, with a 3.88 GPA, also has a business venture planned if his future pans out.

A three-sport athlete at Berkeley Springs, Redick will attend Allegany College of Maryland to major in hotel and restaurant management.

"After that I plan on heading to the Outer Banks (North Carolina) and open my restaurant and it will be called 'Lucky Luke's,'" said Redick. "I love to cook on the grill and it's such a relaxing place down there."

Short, a first-team Mid-Penn Conference and honorable mention linebacker in Pennsylvania, will attend Juniata College where he plans to play football.

"I definitely want to become a teacher and coach football," said Short, who came to Greencastle from Penn Cambria High School. He will study elementary education. He had a 3.75 GPA this year.

Harvey, with a 4.13 GPA, has the same intention to become a coach. He'll begin his studies at Frostburg State University in secondary education.

"I love the game and I love to lead people and I can do that in football," said Harvey, a three-sport athlete at Hancock.

All four are the type of student-athlete that Ngata speaks of highly.

"I am inspired by the student-athlete in high school," said Ngata, himself an individual that overcame crisis in his family to excel at his craft.

His father was killed in 2002 and his mother passed away from diabetes and kidney disease last year.

"I always wanted my parents to be proud of me and I did that by keeping my head straight," said Ngata, who a first-round draft choice of the Ravens in 2006 out of the University of Oregon.

Ngata said his award from the Ravens Nest 12 is not taken lightly.

"It means a lot getting this award from people that love the Ravens in a three-state area," said Ngata. "It's really cool. There are a lot of Ravens fans out here."

Since 1999, Ravens Nest 12 has donated over $12,000 to local and state charities.

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