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Peyton Manning to speak at All-Arkansas Preps banquet

By David Harten

This article was originally published January 22, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. Updated January 22, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette events manager Tabitha Cunningham, left, watches as Keith Jackson unveils a cutout of Peyton Manning, who will be the keynote speaker of the All Arkansas Preps awards banquet.

Peyton Manning to speak at All-Arkansas Preps banquet

Sponsors and officials from the All-Arkansas Preps committee gathered at D1 Sports Performance on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, to announce the addition of Peyton Manning as the keynote speaker of the All-Arkansas Preps awards banquet, to be held June 1 at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. (By David Harten)
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— Super Bowl champion and four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning with be the keynote speaker at the first All-Arkansas Preps awards banquet, which will be held June 1.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, in partnership with St. Vincent Hospital, Metropolitan National Bank and Arkansas Select Buick GMC Dealers, made the announcement in a Tuesday morning news conference at D1 Sports Performance.

Former NFL All-Pro tight end Keith Jackson will emcee the banquet. Jackson attended news conference, along with American League Cy Young Award winner and Benton native Cliff Lee. Lee is currently with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The banquet will honor athletes and coaches from an array of sports around the state. Several of the predetermined honorees were on hand for the announcement, including Conway girls' golf coach Janet Taylor; outstanding girls golfer and Conway player Summar Roachell; and outstanding boys golfer Landon Hearns, who hails from Central Arkansas Christian. Pulaski Academy's Julio Olaya, outstanding boys tennis player, was also at the event.

The remaining outstanding coaches and athletes who will be honored are Mary Wright of Hot Springs Lakeside for outstanding tennis player, Shawny Green, also of Lakeside, for outstanding tennis coach. In football, Greenwood had a pair of winners in Rick Jones (outstanding coach) and Drew Morgan (outstanding player).

The event will be held at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center.

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josh1981 says... January 22, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.

can you get tickets to the banquet

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