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The jolly teen giant: Joking Jamaican basketball ace Bubbles, 16, is world’s tallest teenage girl at 6ft 11in
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 1:38 PM on 27th April 2010
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Towering over her teacher and friends this teenager stands an astonishing 6ft 11in tall and is the world’s tallest teenage girl.
The 16-year-old Jamaican Marvadene Anderson is, perhaps not surpisingly, a basketball ace and terrorises opposing school teams.
Marvadene, who is studying under scholarship in the U.S. is five inches taller than Michael Jordan , her idol in the sport.
Marvadene Anderson towers over her teacher Peter Richardson
Towering talent: Marvadene Anderson stands 15in over teacher Peter Richardson (left) and makes easy reach of the basketball net at Rutgers Preparatory School, New Jersey, where she is a starring member of the team
She is nicknamed ‘Bubbles’ by her team-mates because of her tall sense of humour.
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Weighing 15 stone and wearing size 11 shoes Marvadene comes from a large family and her sister Kimberly is 6ft 4in and calls her sister the ‘baby giant’.
‘Marvadene is wonderful addition to the school and the basketball team here,’ said JJ Quenault, 42, a teacher at Rutgers Preparatory School in New Jersey.
‘The other girls were stunned by her height when they first met her and I must admit so was I, but now she is almost irreplaceable in the team.
Marvadene Anderson with friends Rachel and Syvea McDaniel
Tall sense of humour: Marvadene with friends Rachel and Syvea McDaniel who call her Bubbles for her wit
‘She is going to be a star in the world of girls basketball and even though she has only recently adapted to basketball from netball, we expect a big future from her.’
Attending classes at the prestigious school, Marvadene is used to towering over her teachers.
‘I work in the school photographic department and so have taken a few pictures of Marvadene,’ said Mr Quenault.
‘To see her standing over her teacher Peter Richardson is quite amusing, as he ft 8in and she of course is the world’s tallest teenage girl at six foot eleven inches.’
Reaching high: Marvadene shoots another basket for her school team where she enjoys a scholarship
Having taken the title from Thai national Malee Duangdee who stands at 6ft 10in, Marvedene has become media shy since her appearance in an American television program about tall children.
‘People are friendly with me because of my height and my personality. If I was tall and mean, I think I’d have a problem,’ she said in an interview with an American paper recently.
‘The rudest thing anybody ever said about my height is that I’m not going to be able to find a husband.’