Award for Excellence finalist

Hall of Famer Lofton presents honor to Jets' Polfus

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press Seth Polfus is honored as a finalist for the Award for Excellence on Wednesday at North Central High School. Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton, right, presented Polfus with the honor.

POWERS — North Central senior Seth Polfus has had a pretty remarkable last few months.

He was a part of the Jets’ basketball team that won its third straight state title as well as set a state record with 83 consecutive wins. Polfus hit the buzzer beater in the Jets’ double overtime semifinal game against Southfield Christian to send them into the state final game.

Polfus just added another achievement to his remarkable senior year. He was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army as a finalist for the Award for Excellence.

Members of the U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame visited North Central High School Wednesday to present Polfus with this prestigious award.

Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton was the one who presented the award to Polfus.

Lofton was the sixth overall pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1978 where he played nine seasons with the Packers. He went on to play another seven seasons with four teams including the Raiders, Bills, Rams, and Eagles.

Polfus was honored to have Lofton to present the award to him.

“It was a pretty awesome day,” said Polfus. “We had James Lofton come out to the ceremony with all the Army personnel. Overall it just has been a great experience.”

Polfus was one of 25 finalists for this award from around the nation. The Award for Excellence program highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. It is open to all high school sophomore, junior, and senior athletes in the United States.

Finalists were determined based on athletic, academic, and civic achievements.

Polfus is a three-sport athlete participating in basketball, baseball, and cross country where he was All-U.P. four years and all-state the past three years.

Polfus is even more impressive in the classroom and in the community. He holds a 4.0 grade point average and is a part of several activities including key club, recycling club and the National Honor Society.

Polfus has also organized runs for cancer awareness.

“When you think about this school you think about all the championships in football and basketball and then you see the kid who’s getting the award and he’s 5-7 and 160 pounds and he’s a typical student,” said Lofton.

“But it’s not typical what he does in the classroom and his community.”

The North Central gymnasium was packed with the whole school district as well as family and friends.

“It was awesome,” said Polfus. “And he was what my speech was all about. It’s about all the people that supported me between my teachers, my friends, my family, and overall this community.”

Each finalist will be honored in Canton, Ohio during the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week this summer.

Polfus provided some encouraging words when asked if he had a secret to success.

“Not really,” said Polfus. “It’s just hard work and dedication and trying to make the people around you better.”