Posted Date: 03/08/2022
Press Release: 3/8/22
Jesus Marrufo Named 86th Recipient of Rotary Cup
DE QUEEN – Local Rotarians gathered on Monday to award De Queen High School’s top male athlete for his accomplishments both on and off the football field.
The Rotary Cup has been presented annually to the Most Valuable Senior on the De Queen Leopards football team since 1936. Past winners of the award represent top students and athletes spanning over eight decades at De Queen High School. They include athletes who went on to play college ball and later coach, like the legendary Buddy Bob Benson. Others include university presidents, community leaders, owners of successful businesses, and De Queen school administrators.
At Monday’s noon meeting of the club, “The Voice of the Leopards” Jay Bunyard presented the award for the 2021 season to linebacker Jesus Marrufo. He’s the 86th all-time recipient of the Rotary Cup.
A co-captain on the team in 2021, Marrufo led the seniors in tackles with 51. For his career, he was credited with 110 tackles, two tackles for loss, five pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. He kicked three out of four extra points, rushed 21 times for 61 yards, caught a pass, and returned two kick-offs. He was named to the All-5A South Conference first team as a junior and as a senior.
Jesus plays right-back on the soccer team and competed in track as a freshman.
Marrufo also excels in the classroom with a 3.97 grade point average and made a 26 on the A.C.T. Test. He’s active in the Spanish Club, the Quiz Bowl Team, and serves on the Student Council. The son of Patricio and Silvia Marrufo, Jesus plans to attend U of A Fort Smith after graduation in May, and study Finance because he enjoys working with numbers.
Besides performance on the football field, The Rotary Cup is also based on character, leadership, scholastic achievements, and participation in other school activities.