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Fifteen Southern California Prep Stars Nominated to The McDonald’s® All American High School Basketball Teams

January 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Fifteen Southern California high school seniors have been nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s® All American High School Basketball Teams. These acclaimed student athletes, who hail from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, will compete with 600 top-rated high school basketball players from across the country to showcase their skills in the 35th annual Games. A portion of the Games’ proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Chicago and Northwest Indiana. For more than 30 years, McDonald’s All American High School Basketball has recognized the best prep basketball players in the nation. Past McDonalds’s All Americans include Michael Jordan, Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose.

The five male and 10 female nominees were selected by the McDonald’s All American Basketball Teams Selection Committee, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts, including nationally-renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists. Finalists will be selected during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show scheduled for Feb. 9 on ESPNU. Check your local listings for details.

“We’re thrilled to have 15 accomplished student athletes from our region nominated,” said Michael Mangione, Jr., president of McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC). “I’m pleased to be a part of McDonald’s, which not only gives back to the community through generous donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities, but also recognizes deserving young student athletes at the All American High School Basketball Games.”

This year’s Games will be played Wednesday, March 28 at the United Center in Chicago. The Boys Game will air live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (PST). The Girls Game tips-off at 4:00 p.m. (PST) and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Throughout its 35-year history, the All American High School Basketball Games has raised over $6 million for RMHC. In addition to the Ronald McDonald Houses, RMHC programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile — extending the reach of the Charity to directly improve the health and well-being of children in neighborhoods around the world.

MOASC is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company-owned McDonald’s restaurants in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Follow us on Twitter: @McDonalds_SoCal

                                     2012 McDONALD'S ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
                                                  BASKETBALL TEAM
                                           SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NOMINEES

    2012 BOYS NOMINEES                                                       2012 GIRLS NOMINEES
    ------------------                                                       -------------------

    Zena Edosomwan                                                           Jordan Adams
    Harvard-Westlake High School, Studio City                                 Mater Dei High School, Santa
                                                                              Ana

    Grant Jerrett                                                            Candice Agee
    La Verne Lutheran High School, La Verne                                   Silverado High School,
                                                                              Victorville

    Xavier Johnson                                                           Jillian Alleyne
    Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana                                         Summit High School, Fontana

    Katin Reinhardt                                                          Brianna Barrett
    Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana                                          Oaks Christian High School,
                                                                              Westlake Village

    Gabe York                                                                Kelsey Brockway
    Orange Lutheran High School, Orange                                       Palos Verdes High School, Palos
                                                                              Verdes Estates

                                                                             Nira Fields
                                                                              Mater Dei High School, Santa
                                                                              Ana

                                                                             Lauren Holiday
                                                                              Campbell Hall High School, Los
                                                                              Angeles

                                                                             Rishonda Napier
                                                                              Bellarmine-Jefferson High
                                                                              School, Burbank

                                                                             Imani Stafford
                                                                              Windward High School, Los
                                                                              Angeles

                                                                             Shareen Sutherland
                                                                             Santiago High School, Corona

Contacts: Priya Dua/Eniko Bolivar
Porter Novelli
(323) 762-2500
priya.dua@porternovelli.com

SOURCE McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California


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