Tory Starr, Colby College

Tory Starr kept Colby’s Patty Valavanis Award in the family after receiving the prestigious honor at an all-campus awards ceremony and the senior athletic awards ceremony.

Starr and older sister, Miki, both earned the Valavanis Award during their time at Colby while playing for the softball team. The award is for a senior female student-athlete who has demonstrated the qualities of academic and athletic excellence and personal leadership and sportsmanship that characterized Patty Valavanis’ career at Colby. Valavanis ’80 also played softball at Colby and was a top basketball player during her time with the Mules. Miki Starr earned the honor after graduating in 2007.

Starr was active on and off the softball diamond in her four years at Colby. An English major, Starr went abroad in Australia and studied film theory and video production at the University of Sydney. He senior thesis topic was Filmmaking Methodology for Political Documentary. Starr was at the Sundance Film Festival this past Jan Plan to network and make contacts after becoming interested in film making after attending the 2006 festival.

Starr’s hard work paid off and she is currently an intern at New York City’s Simon and Goodman Picture Company, working with two Oscar nominated filmmakers. She is a production assistant and will be working at film shoots in New York City and around the country.

Starr was always active in Colby’s Jan Plan. Besides the two years at Sundance, she also spent one January as a production intern at WMUR News 9 in Manchester, N.H. Starr also was part of the Andean Center for Latin American Studies and studied and with a host family in Quito, Ecuador.

Softball kept Starr busy, but she still found time to take on a number of tasks at Colby. She was the Pulver building manager and special assistant to the Director of Campus Life during her final year at Colby. Starr also was on the Colby Cares About Kids Student Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2009 and worked in the program for all four years. She served a student representative for the Colby Athletics Subcommittee for the Board of Trustees in the 2008-09 academic year.

A four-year starter at first base for the softball team, Starr finished her career with 91 hits and a .287 career batting average. She had nearly 900 combined putouts and assists at first base while making just 20 errors. Starr was the team’s top rookie after the 2006 season and was one of the captains of the Mules’ 18-11 season in 2009. She was on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team for the past two years.