April 27, 2010
AUBURN- Auburn senior gymnast Krissy Voss has added another prestigious academic award to her extensive collection Monday night at the Auburn Tiger Torch banquet, taking home the second-annual Virgil Starks III Passion Award. She was awarded the honor for her outstanding work in academics, community service, team work and personal growth. The award was named in honor and memory of Starks, who was Senior Associate Athletic Director until his death in November.
"We lived next-door to Virgil during our first four years here at Auburn," said head coach Jeff Thompson. "He was the first person that I met here and we grew to be fast friends. He often spoke of how much he admired our team for what they accomplished as student-athletes."
"Virgil loved his family and would bring his three daughters to every gymnastics event - he said so they would grow up to be like "us". I know he is smiling now, knowing that the first two Virgil Starks Awards have gone to his gymnasts. Krissy Voss has had an outstanding year for us and it is only fitting that she cap off her award-winning year with this award. Nothing could have made me happier," Thompson continued.
The award, in its second year of existence, was won last year by another Auburn gymnast, A.J. Mills.
Voss, who holds a 3.93 grade point average in chemistry, will graduate in May and attend graduate school with aspirations of becoming a doctor. In late March, she was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for gymnastics, and followed that award up with the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year award.
"I am very honored to receive this award," said Voss of the honor. "Virgil Starks' passion inspired me and to see it live on in his family and Auburn athletics is an incredible testament to the departments strength. I am so glad to be recognized for following in his passion."
Additionally, eight gymnasts earned Top Tiger honors at the banquet for carrying a minimum 3.0 grade point average for the last academic year as well as their career. Among those honored were Lauren Brzostowski, Laura Lane, Kelsie Montgomery, Kylie Shields, Kendall Swartz, Leah Vining, Voss, and Petrina Yokay. All eight were also named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll, the SEC announced on Tuesday.
"We are very proud of all of our gymnasts, especially those who have worked so hard in the classroom this year. It is good thing for them to be recognized for their devotion to academics and their performance in the classroom. The Tiger Torch Banquet is always a highlight of our post-season celebration and this year was no exception," said Thompson.