Roger Crawford, whose determination and perseverance has enabled him to overcome a number of physical disabilities, will speak at the 57th annual McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards Banquet tonight at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.
A total of 100 football and girls basketball players, two of whom will be honored as the 1997 Unsung Heroes scholarship winners, have been chosen to represent 69 public, private, parochial and independent schools. Except for Archbishop Spalding, St. Mary's and Severn and one Harford County Catholic school, all those institutions are in Baltimore and Baltimore County.
Scholarships valued at $5,000 a year for four years will be given one boy and one girl. More than 700 city and other officials, school administrators, coaches and friends are expected to attend.
Established in 1940 by late spice-company chairman Charles P. McCormick, the program recognizes unselfish team play and honors those who contribute substantially to the success of their team without receiving acclaim.
Here is an alphabetical listing by school of the nominees:
Archbishop Curley -- Chris McNelly; Archbishop Spalding -- Joseph Petrocelli and Kristy Willingham; Arlington Baptist -- Kelly Bilbrey; Lutheran -- Nicole Velte; Boys' Latin -- Brian Berger; Bryn Mawr -- Mia Medlin; Calvert Hall -- Frank Simmons III; Cardinal Gibbons -- Michael Detorie III; Carver A&T -- Jenn Albright; Carver -- Tyrin Daniels; Catholic -- Darnise Harris; Catonsville -- Jamie Rousse and Annie Yager; Chesapeake-BC -- Charles Ripperger and Fawne Everett; City -- Jason Brown and Keshia Evans; Douglass -- Kenneth Reeves and Natasha Gilbert; Dulaney -- Justin Tagg and Jennifer Confer; Dunbar -- Derry Williams; Dundalk -- Kevin Baughman; Eastern Tech -- Shaun Rutherford; Edmondson -- Christopher Frederick and Kenya Langley; Forest Park -- Elwood Miles and Leslie Thorne; Franklin -- Karl Holly and zTC Teresa Grenagle; Friends School -- Stephen Meredith and Abigail Owen; Garrison Forest -- Beau Suwanapruke; Gilman -- Alan Woods IV; Hereford -- Jeff Schroeder; Institute of Notre Dame -- Katie Breitenother; John Carroll -- Timothy Ende and Britney Whitehurst; Kenwood -- Brian Tolbert and Danora Moye; Lake Clifton -- Brodie Crowder and Quiana Muse; Lansdowne -- Tamarris Jenkins and Nicole Mullin; Loch Raven -- Mitchell Sanders and Jennifer Clarke; Loyola -- Conor Barhight; Maryvale -- Maura Doyle; McDonogh -- Marcus Webb; Mercy -- Adrienne DiPietro; Mervo -- Melissa Knox; Milford Mill -- Andre Johnson; Mount de Sales -- Jill Imbach; Mount St. Joseph -- John Working; Northern -- Michael Scott; Northwestern -- David Palmer and Tashania Brown; Notre Dame Prep -- Erin Kelly; Our Lady of Mount Carmel -- Susan Sipes; Our Lady of Pompei -- Mina Perivola; Overlea -- Scott Luebben and Dannica Nicolas; Owings Mills -- Marcus Reed and Mindy Coufal; Park School -- Lesley Dobson; Parkville -- Jeffrey Cramer and Tina Riley; Patapsco -- Anthony Gusilatar and Jeannie Albrecht; Patterson -- Thomas Newell and Nicole Bauer; Perry Hall -- Jonathan Fuller and Kerrie Sirian; Pikesville -- Jason Weber and Julie Stein; Poly -- Kobie Dudley and Jada Lewis; Randallstown -- Shavon Henley; Seton Keough -- Kate Hammen; Severn -- Scott Austin and Amy Galebach; Southwestern -- Donte Hunt and Lafaithea Stewart; Sparrows Point -- Dustin Elder and Kristy Brennan; St. Frances -- Sherry Dawkins; St. Mary's -- James Hardesty and Nicole Foran; St. Paul's -- J.R. Sanchez; St. Paul's School for Girls -- Raven Dennis; St. Timothy's -- Jennifer Lauder; Towson -- Mark Somers, Megan Kanski; Towson Catholic -- Jennifer Haywood; Walbrook -- John Tilghman; Western -- Keivette Hammond; Woodlawn -- Derek Foster, Tiffany Fennoy.