Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The list of adjectives flowing from Jenni Borfitz's coaches mouth seem to go on forever.
"Dependable, kind, caring, hardworking," coach Joshua Bennett lists off her finest attributes. "Of all the girls I've ever coaches, I've never had to ask Jenni to work harder."
A character trait that has come to define her, both on the court and in school. Borfitz is the starting point guard for Norwich, while she ranks first in her class. It's a combination that didn't come easy.
"If you want to do good in school you really have to put your time in, you have to pay attention in class, do your homework, take advanced courses, challenge yourself," said Borfitz. "On the basketball court it's kind of the same thing, you really have to put the time in if you want to be a quality player in whatever sport you do and then you'll be rewarded for it."
Those accolades have poured in for Borfitz. She's a four-year varsity basketball player has been all-conference twice, was last year's team MVP, and in the classroom is a part of the National Honor Society. So what keeps her going even after all that?
"Whatever I do I want to try and be the best I can possibly be at that, and so I try to put in extra time and extra work," she said. "I definitely think I just try to do my best and just put in everything I have, all the effort and all the time and hopefully it will pay off."
So far it has paid off, as Jenni Bortfitz is this week's Academic All-Star.