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Senior Spotlight — Jose Raya

Name: Jose Raya.

Nickname: “Peanut.”

School: DePue High School.

Date/place of birth: March 3, 1996;  St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

Hometown: DePue.

Family: Parents, Jose Sr. and Leticia; brothers, Jovany and Adrian.

Sports: Basketball.

Favorite sport and why: Basketball, because I have played this sport all my life.

Likes: Basketball, sleep, food, music.

Dislikes: Spiders and snakes.

Favorite food and where to get it: Everything my mother cooks.

Person with the greatest influence on my athletic career): Alan Bosnich, because he taught me discipline and gave me life lessons as a kid.

Person with the greatest influence in my life (and why): My mother, because she always supported me and helped me when I was in need.

If stranded on a deserted island, I would have my: Phone.

Last song I listened to: Hip Hop by Ace-Hood.

People would be surprised to know: I am the laziest person in the world.

I stay home to watch: Family Guy or anything on ESPN.

When I need luck for a big game, I: pray.

The funniest person I’ve ever met (and why): Cristen Mendez, because most of the stuff he says is so funny.

What they’ll say about me at school after I graduate: Hopefully, good things.

Most embarrassing moment: During warm-ups, when I went in for a layup and my warm-up pants dropped to my ankles.

Most unforgettable moment: Winning the consolation championship of the Princeville Holiday Tournament.

Ultimate sports fantasy: Play in the NBA.

What I would like to do in life: Go to college to become a police officer.

Three words that best describe myself: Athletic, tall, funny.

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