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THE WINNER: Jacques Perra
School: Roseville (Minn.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: He threw for 3,226 yards and 35 touchdowns on 202-of-336 passing this past season, throwing just five interceptions in leading the Raiders (9-3) to the Class 6A semifinals.The 2013 Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Offensive Player of the Year, Perra also rushed for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He threw for 622 yards, completing 44 of 77 attempts including five touchdowns and one interception in a pair of playoff games in 2013.
Academic excellence: Perra has maintained a 3.79 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a peer mentor and a youth football and basketball coach.
“Jacques Perra always seems to carry himself with confidence and class,” said Andy Hill, head coach at Woodbury (Minn.). “I love how he plays the game of football. You can tell that he puts in countless hours of work and preparation in the offseason, not just in the weight room, but also by working with his teammates. He has a toughness to get back up after getting knocked down.”
THE FUTURE: Perra remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.