FARMERSVILLE – The best Aztec basketball player was honored academically last week. Multi-record holder Raymond Paramo received the Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship.
“I am grateful,” Paramo said. “So many people apply, and I am one of the lucky few to be selected.”
The Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, and has the mission of helping children by providing opportunities to inspire hope and change in their lives.
Paramo is near the top of his class. In his four years at Farmersville High School he has earned a cumulative 3.98 GPA. According to Paramo, he has spent countless extra hours on his studies. Those hours are on top of being a star on the hardcourts for the Aztecs.
“You still have to make sure your grades are good after basketball practice,” Paramo said.
For the last four years, Paramo has been on the Aztecs’ varsity basketball team. He has learned one simple lesson from his head coach Fabian Acevedo which has helped him succeed.
“Coach Acevedo has always preached you are always a student first,” Paramo said.
The student-first mindset has helped Paramo to push through even after Acevedo had them practice for four hours.
Always staying focused on his goals not only gave success for Paramo in his studies, but helped him rewrite the Aztecs’ record books as well. He became the programs second player in history to score 1,000-points. He did it as a junior. He now holds the school’s career all-time leading scoring record with 1,600 points. He holds the record for most career rebounds with 616 as well.
In Paramo’s career he has also been recognized at the league level by being named most valuable player of two leagues. He received that honor from the East Sierra League in 2018, and then again by the East Sequoia League in 2019.
“It is surreal,” Paramo said. “I never thought I would have accomplished so much, but I stayed humble and took the opportunities I got.”
Paramo plans on attending Fresno State in the fall where he will study criminology.