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  • Hannibal boy turns 11 on 11.11.11

  • David Hjelm lists 11 as one of his favorite numbers. That probably should come as no surprise considering that today - 11-11-11 - the Hannibal boy is celebrating his 11th birthday.

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  • David Hjelm lists 11 as one of his favorite numbers. That probably should come as no surprise considering that today - 11-11-11 - the Hannibal boy is celebrating his 11th birthday.
    “It feels pretty cool,” said David of having his birthday fall on Nov. 11, 2011.
    Sharing that opinion is David’s maternal grandmother, Ellen Yount, who admits not realizing the uniqueness of his birthday until it was pointed out.
    “I think it is very cool. I don’t know why I didn’t think about it,” said Yount, who along with her husband, Don, have six grandsons, whose birthdays fall within October, November and December.
    While Ellen Yount hadn’t realized the uniqueness of David’s birthday, David’s mother, Laurie Hjelm, says she was thinking about it 11 years ago while waiting at Hannibal Regional Hospital for David to be born.
    “One of my best friends said, ‘Oh that will be such a cool birthday,’” she said. “We were in the hospital and kind of assumed it (David’s birthday) would be the 10th, but it wasn’t.”
    For the record, Laurie and her husband, John, welcomed David into the world at 12:25 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2000.
    According to Laurie Hjelm, her son is excited about his special birthday.
    “He mentions it (his birthday) every chance he gets. ‘I’m going to be 11 on 11-11-11,’” she chuckled.
    Turning 11 Friday is just part of what’s fueling the fifth grader’s anticipation.
    “He’s off school for the day. How often do you get your birthday off school?” asked Laurie Hjelm.
    “That’s never happened, so it’s pretty awesome,” said David of his birthday falling on a holiday.
    Busy boy
    David, a student at Veteran Elementary School, has little idle time.
    “He loves to play sports,” said Laurie Hjelm. “He just finished up a season with the Calvary Crusaders, a football team. He’s getting ready to start Upward basketball in the next few weeks.”
    His favorite sport, however, is baseball.
    “That’s what I’ve been playing since I was in pre-K,” said David, a second baseman/shortstop who batted around .380 last summer.
    Like many youngsters across the Midwest, David lists World Series hero David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals as his favorite player.
    While a two-way player in football, David’s heart rests on the defensive side of the ball.
    “You get to hit people harder,” he said.
    Basketball and soccer are also on David’s sports resume.
    “Basketball is my second favorite sport,” he said. “I like indoor soccer. I’ve been playing it ever since I was little, but I didn’t this year because I have so many other sports and was pretty busy.”
    Page 2 of 2 - This past year David made a splash in the parks department’s shooter education program.
    “He won all kinds of trophies. Oh my gosh, I bet he came home with seven or eight trophies,” said Ellen Yount.
    David hopes to put his new-found firearm skills to use on a hunting trip.
    Birthday bash
    Plans for David’s birthday party have been in the works for some time.
    “He’s real excited. We’ve been planning a birthday party for ages, trying to decide what he’s going to do and how he’s going to do it,” said Laurie Hjelm.
    The birthday festivities started Thursday night when several friends came to his house.
    “They’re all going to have a big sleep-over and I’m sure they’re not going to sleep,” said Laurie Hjelm. “We’ll have cake, ice cream and everything before we go play video games for two or three hours Thursday evening before he actually turns 11. At 12:30 in the morning they’ll all be here and have a big party. He wasn’t born at 11 o’clock or anything.”
    The number of attendees at David’s birthday bash has a familiar ring.
    “Eleven. Ten friends plus me,” he said.
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