Throughout her life, Jackie Voigt has been an overachiever.
From becoming the first female athlete in Park High School history to earn All-State honors in three sports - soccer, basketball and track - to starting every game for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team as a true freshman, she has almost always raised the bar.
This year, Voigt once again set the standard - as the Gophers' captain for the 2011-12 season.
Last year, on the court, the 6'1" power forward started all 29 games she played as a junior, averaging 6.8 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds per game. Thus far, in her three-year career, Voigt has started 90 of 91 career games with career averages of 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Off the court, Voigt earned a degree in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota last spring - in just three years. She is now pursuing her Master's Degree in Applied Kinesiology and hopes to perhaps be a college coach in the near future.
To earn her degree in only three years Voigt said she went to school year-round, taking courses every May term and every summer.
On her new role as captain, Voigt said it's just a new aspect of life she's gotten to learn about.
"Just with being a senior it's your job to help out the younger girls, but then with the title of captain it makes things a little more clear," Voigt said. "The younger girls look up to us. It's weird to us that we're the oldest ones here. But, I think the past seniors and captains have done a good job of showing us how to be good leaders."
Voigt's coach at Park, Stephanie Tolkinen said she can't think of a better role model than Voigt.
"She brings such leadership and she has garnered so much respect," Tolkinen said. "That's just what she did here. She always has something good to say and worthwhile to listen to. She's just going to be good at whatever she does, because she knows what it takes."