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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Kimberly Jeffries Banti
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day.
"I remember sitting in class and feeling astonished that dozens of 15-year-olds went silent when Mrs. M announced that it was her favorite day of the year and recited 'Casey' for us," said Kimberly Jeffries Banti, a student of Marino's from 1998 to 2001. "She often used baseball metaphors to illustrate lessons in and out of the classroom, and I looked forward to her annual reading of the poem because of the way her face would light up."