June 23, 2006

Krista Graduates with Many Honors

Krista Rappahahn graduated with these honors: Firestone Medal For Excellence in Undergraduate Research The Firestone award recognizes students undertaking honors projects in the social, physical, natural sciences, and engineering nominated by their academic programs or departments. The medalists each received an engraved bronze medal, citation, and check at an awards ceremony. Krista Rappahahn was awarded the Firestone medal for her research on the genetics of Hispanic cystic fibrosis patients. Donald Kennedy Award The Donald Kennedy Award is given to the senior athlete who best exhibits the contribution of excellent academics, strong athletic ability and a commitment to community service. J.E. Wallace Sterling Award The J.E. Wallace Sterling award, named after the former Stanford president, is granted by the Stanford Alumni Association to a graduating senior for his/her impact on Stanford through exemplary service and leadership. Krista Rappahahn received this award:
  • for her selfless dedication to her classmates, exercised as sensitive mentor to the other student-athletes through Partners for Academic Excellence;
  • for her unrivaled ability to reach beyond the Stanford "bubble" from rebuilding homes in East Palo Alto with Cardinal Life to counseling uninsured patients at the Arbor Free Clinic and helping kids cope at Camp Kesem;
  • for her invaluable service to and belief in athletics at Stanford as a passionate member of the 2006 Athletic Director search committee, and a dedicated co-chair of Cardinal Council;
  • for her captaincy of the women's basketball team, record-setting single season three-point shooting and affirmation that excellence in both athletics and academics can flourish exquisitely at Stanford;
  • for her passion for life, boundless energy, relentless commitment and unselfish contribution to her Stanford community and beyond, all informed by her belief that fulfillment comes from service to others.