Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Doing her best put Harpursville senior Savannah Murray to the top of her class as valedictorian. It also landed her an interview with the West Point military academy, where she would love to continue her academic career.
"Everything about it," said Murray. "The structure, the opportunities, the education, the ability to serve your country. It's what I want. It would be a dream come true."
A dream she hopes leads to a career in military intelligence or possibly as a translator. She already has a good beginning, learning both Spanish and French in high school, and hopes to learn Arabic in the Army. On the basketball court, intelligence may be her best attribute. The three-year starter isn't the biggest name on the floor, but she may play the most important role.
"If things aren't going the way they should be during a game, she'll fix them on the court and that's invaluable to a coach," said Kurt Ehrensbeck, the Hornets coach. "The other night we were playing and somebody wasn't where they were supposed to be and she actually shoved them over to where they were supposed to be and everything just kept going and we got a little chuckle out of it but its just a tribute to her knowing where everybody is supposed to be, not just her role."
"As a point guard, it's take care of the ball and make good decisions and that's just what I try to do, feed the ball, take it if I have it," said Murray.
If she's accepted to West Point, Murray wants to continue to play basketball as a member of the Army women's team. She has been all she can be on the court and in the classroom, that's why Savannah Murray is this week's Academic All-Star.