Carl Hayden Athlete and Franklin Student Ray Manquero Received the Fiesta Bowl

Posted by Communications on 4/12/2017

Carl Hayden athlete and Franklin Police and Fire student Ray Manquero received the Fiesta Bowl Courage award at the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes Awards Banquet, April 8.   The award comes with a $5000 scholarship.  According to football coach Randy Gross, he is the second student in Carl Hayden history to be honored by this association in 36 years.   Manquero has had to deal with Crohn’s Disease since he was four years old, but it has not deterred his success in life and in sports.  He played football and basketball for Carl Hayden, and was a 2nd Team All-Region tight end.  Besides the Crohn’s, he has endured a torn ACL, a separated shoulder and a broken arm in his high school athletic career.  He also had to travel to practice every day from his home school of Franklin.  Manquero takes Advanced Placement and Honors classes and is a member of the National Honors Society.  He tutors students in Algebra, has volunteered at the St. Mary’s Food Bank, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, Neighborhood Cleanup projects and Special Olympics, and has attended the national leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.    Manquero plans to attend NAU and eventually work in the medical field.