April 16, 2010
BIRMINGHAM - Auburn senior gymnast Krissy Voss has been named one of two 2009-10 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Services Leaders of the Year, Commissioner Mike Slive has announced.
Voss, along with Georgia track and field athlete John Egan, were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representative from SEC universities. Each will receive $6,000 post-graduate scholarship provided by the SEC.
"The Southeastern Conference is proud to honor the achievements of John and Krissy to make communities a better place to live," said Slive. "John and Krissy are fine representatives of their families, their institutions, the Southeastern Conference, and intercollegiate athletics."
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as assistant commissioner until 1994 until he was promoted to associate commissioner.
A chemistry major, Voss is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has been named for the last three years as a National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Women's Scholastic All-American and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Voss. "I know all the other nominees are incredible individuals because the Southeastern Conference inspires excellence of character and integrity. This award is a true testament of the values of Auburn University, my parents, coaches and all the caring individuals that have shaped me into the person that I am today. I am appreciative of this award became it thanks and honors them as well."
She was a recipient of the Dan L. Philen endowed scholarship for chemistry at Auburn in 2009 and was named an Academic Top Tiger at Auburn for four years. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities.
Krissy is a four-year letter winner for the Tigers, and was named the 2010 SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She won the all-around competition in meets against Oklahoma and Georgia this season, and has had career-highs on floor each of the last three seasons with 9.85. She also has a career-high of 9.85 on vault and 9.825 on beam. Earlier this season, she marked a career-high 39.20 in the all-around against LSU.
A native of Paradise Valley Ariz., she has been active in the Auburn community as a member of the Southeastern Conference and Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This year, she has served as co-Vice President of the Auburn SAAC.
She has been a volunteer with Big Sis/Lil Sis events in each of her four years at Auburn and traveled to Enterprise, Ala., to assist with tornado damage relief in 2007. She organized events at Auburn for the SEC "Yes We Can" canned food drive and for the Toys for Tots drive, as well as volunteered at National Student-Athlete Day, Auburn College of Science and Mathematics Explore Event, and has visited patients at East Alabama Medical Center and local retirement homes.
Upon graduation, Voss will apply to medical school, and travel to Accra, Ghana in May to volunteer for the "Unite For Sight" program.
"Auburn taught me to become a leader and to love giving back to the community. I am so thankful Auburn introduced me to community service because it is now one of my greatest passions," said Voss.
In addition, 11 male and 11 female athletes received a $3,000 scholarship thru the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Award, provided by the SEC. Auburn track & field athlete Jager Livingston was the other Auburn Tiger that received recognition and will receive a $3,000 scholarship provided by the SEC.
Voss is the third Auburn Tiger to win the award, as swimmer Eric Van Goethem won the award in 2002. Men's basketball player Drew Smith won the award last season.