Congratulations to Audrey Yip ’21, who recently received RLS’ annual Nathan Krissoff Award. The Award, named in honor of Nathan Krissoff ’99—a Stevenson alum who was killed in Iraq while serving as a counterintelligence officer in the Marines—honors a member of the senior class who “best exemplifies Nathan in spirit and deed.” The characteristics embodied by a Krissoff Award winner include loyalty and caring, curiosity and intuitiveness, humor, vitality, and bravery.
Audrey, who received the award for modeling leadership and pluck at Stevenson, currently serves as the School’s student body president and a head prefect. She is also a choir TA and a member of the Chamber Choir. When asked to describe Audrey, Upper Division Choral Director Willow Manspeaker explains, “Audrey is a natural and empathetic leader. As a TA in choir this year, she worked to thoughtfully build and develop a sense of community within the group, even when we were online. One thing I’ve always admired about Audrey is her cool and collected demeanor in the face of challenges.”
Audrey’s contributions on campus have extended beyond those of a typical extracurricular leader. This year, she spearheaded an inaugural Student Forum Initiative, which was a unique opportunity for Stevenson students to voice questions and concerns to School faculty and administrators, and in turn, help the School produce solution-driven action plans. The forum proved to be an invaluable resource for both students and School leaders during an unprecedentedly difficult year of remote learning. Dr. Griffiths noted that Audrey showed “incredible maturity” while providing the (sometimes difficult) feedback from students about what was working for them and what wasn’t, and Ms. Knowles explains that she “embodied what it means to be a student leader—through and through.”
Audrey worked on several additional projects to help RLS community members more easily transition from remote instruction back to in-person learning. She directed and edited a welcome video that demonstrated to students what they could expect as their “new normal” on campus, and she made a teacher appreciation video, to help boost faculty morale after many months of teaching alone, from afar.
Audrey’s advisor and Upper Division Science Department Chair Mr. Tretter, presented her with the award. He summed up the reasons she was chosen as this year’s recipient, saying: “A keen ear, a powerful voice of reason. That is what Audrey has brought to our campus every day, and our community is better for it. She embodies Nathan’s short and sweet phrase, “If I don’t, who will?”
Congratulations to Audrey for her hard work and incredible leadership!