Hot stuff! Alhambra High staffers take on Whataburger's jalapeo contest

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Some of Alhambra High School's faculty and staff members participated in a unique and spicy fundraiser Tuesday. 

As part of the school's Homecoming Spirit Week festivities, seven AHS employees entered into Whataburger's jalapeño eating contest.

The event was held at the Whataburger at I-17 and Bethany Home Road. There was also a photo booth and prizes for students.

"We like to raise money for local schools and organizations and so we're giving away $1,500 and all they have to do is eat some jalapeños," said Whataburger's Regional Field Marketing Manager Jenny Colon.

Whole, pickled jalapenos to be exact. The goal? To eat as many as possible in 60 seconds.

Each employee was representing a different student club or sport.

"I want to do something good for our school for the booster club," said Frank Aguayo, representing AVID.

"Anything for school spirit to promote Alhambra High in a positive light," said cheer coach Danielle Mandino.

There was a lot on the line. The winner was to receive $1,000 for the organization he or she was representing.

Another $500 would go to the club or sport with the most spirit.

"Whataburger believes in giving back to communities we serve, and schools are a huge part of our community. Alhambra High is just down the street from our Bethany & I-17 location so it just made sense to get involved with that school," Colon said.

Frank Aguayo ended up eating the most jalapeños, getting five of them down in 60 seconds.

He told 3TV afterward it was no sweat. "Not a problem; eat it every day," he says.

Football ended up receiving the $500 for the most spirit.

While there were no sore losers, there were some sore mouths.

"It was spicy. I'm not a spicy food lover so it was spicy for me," Mandino said.

Whataburger has held jalapeño eating contests at other locations but this was the first time it's been done at an Arizona location.

Alhambra takes on Moon Valley for its Homecoming this Friday night at 7 p.m.