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15 Sep 2014

2014 AAU Joel Ferrell Award Winner – Gymnastics

2014 AAU Joel Ferrell Award Winner – Gymnastics

Katie Thompson is the newest recipient of the AAU Joel Ferrell Outstanding Performance Award at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games!

This award is honoring Joel Ferrell, former AAU President and Vice President of the US Olympic Committee, who was also a chair of the AAU Junior Olympic Program for many years. Upon his death, the AAU and the Ferrell family implemented the AAU Joel Ferrell Outstanding Performance Memorial Award in his honor. This most prestigious award recognizes outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship of an athlete representing each official sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

Thompson is from the Missouri Valley AAU district and recently graduated from Concordia High School in Concordia, Kansas. She has been participating in the AAU for the last eight years. She is currently a Level 7 gymnast at the Concordia Gymnastics Center. Susan Krier, the owner of the gymnastics center, said Thompson is the first athlete at the gym to compete through her senior year. Thompson’s coach, Kelsey Baker, said Katie has an amazing work ethic and is always on time and ready to work. Baker adds that Thompson “always has a positive attitude and is willing to work hard to reach her gymnastics goals.”

“Gymnastics makes me very busy,” Thompson said. “It has taught me to manage my time and make schedules and lists so that I can get everything done on time.”

Despite how busy her schedule is with gymnastics, she also manages to find time to participate in the Marching/Concert Band, Cross Country, Year Book Staff, SADD, Foreign Language Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also active in her church and community. She is a member of the local 4-H club, church youth group, puppet ministry team and active in mission trips for the past two summers, all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Now, Katie will be traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska. She is planning on majoring in business and hopes to open her own gymnastics center someday.

Good luck in all of your future endeavors, Katie, and congratulations on being named the 2014 AAU Joel Ferrell Award Winner! 

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