PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-seven high school students from the Greater Philadelphia Region have been recognized as some of the finest basketball players in the country through their nomination to the 2006 McDonald's All American High School Boys and Girls Basketball Team. Among 1,500 male and 1,000 female basketball standouts in the nation nominated by the McDonald's All American Basketball Team Selection Committee are: PENNSYLVANIA Boys: * Wayne Ellington, Episcopal Academy, Merion Station * Gerald Henderson, Episcopal Academy, Merion Station * Ryan Wilson, Penn Wood High School, Lansdowne Girls: * Chinita Jordan, University City High School, Philadelphia * Amber White, Coatesville High School, Coatesville NEW JERSEY Boys: * Ricky Crews, Deptford High School, Woodbury * Dennis Horner, Holy Spirit High School, Absecon * Andrew Keister, Absegami High School, Galloway * Matt McFadden, Shawnee High School, Medford * Frank Turner, Atlantic City High School, Atlantic City * Blake Wilson, Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield * Brian Zoubek, Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield Girls: * Korinne Campbell, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville * Devon Carey, Peddie School, Hightstown * Erin Floyd, Timber Creek High School, Erial * Krystal Lazos, Bishop Eustace High School, Pennsauken * Bridgette Mitchell, Peddie School, Hightstown * Katie Piekielski, Hammonton High School, Hammonton * Krissy Rosario, Absegami High School, Galloway * Jordan Sykes, Holy Spirit High School, Absecon DELAWARE Boys: * Jabril Bailey, Delcastle Technical High School, Wilmington * Jawan Carter, Tatnall School, Wilmington * Derek Chatham, Red Lion Christian Academy, Bear * Darin Henry, William Penn High School, New Castle * Paris Horne, Middletown High School, Middletown * Darryl Johnson, Howard High School of Technology, Wilmington * Jarel Scott, Lake Forest High School, Felton * Joe Seymore, Hodgon Vo-Tech, Newark * Ethan Timmins-Schiffman, Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington * Stephen Williams, Newark High School, Newark Girls: * Nakia Anderson, Caesar Rodney High School, Camden * Brittany Bell, Padua Academy, Wilmington * Deana DiAmico, Ursuline Academy, Wilmington * Shannon Elliott, Padua Academy, Wilmington * Angel Henderson, St. Elizabeth High School, Wilmington * Eugena Reddy, Delcastle Technical High School, Wilmington * Sarah Reeves, Caravel Academy, Bear As nominees, each student will be considered for one of the positions on the final McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team. This year's game marks the 29th anniversary of the Boys Game and the fifth annual Girls Game. "The McDonald's All American Game is a great opportunity to recognize our region's exceptional student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the court," said Mike Anton, President of the Greater Philadelphia Region McDonald's Owner/Operator Association. This year's McDonald's All American Boys Game will be played Wednesday, March 29 at Cox Arena on the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, and will be broadcast live on ESPN during primetime at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST). The fifth annual Girls Game will also take place at Cox Arena on March 29, tipping-off at 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST), and will be broadcast April 6 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on ESPN2. Proceeds from both Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) of San Diego. In addition to the Ronald McDonald Houses, RMHC programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Room(TM) and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(TM) - extending the reach of the Charity to directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world. To date, nearly $5 million has been donated to RMHC from proceeds generated at the McDonald's All American Games. McDonald's All American alumni include such current and former NBA and NCAA superstars as Michael Jordan (retired), Magic Johnson (retired), Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Shannon Brown (Michigan State), J.J. Reddick (Duke) and Dee Brown (Illinois), Candace Parker (Tennessee), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), and Seimone Augustus (LSU). The Delaware Valley's own Dajuan Wagner (Cleveland Cavaliers), Eddie Griffin (Minnesota Timberwolves), Eric Boateng (Duke), Laura Harper (Maryland) and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) have all played in the Game. There are more than 300 McDonald's restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware that proudly support the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Program and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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