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Alumni at Aquinas College

Young Alumni Award

We celebrate young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, personal growth and civic service in their community at the annual Welcome Home Reception and Awards Celebration.

2021 Recipient:

Rachael Steil ’15

The Alumni Association Leadership Council honors Rachael Steil ’15 with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Rachael is the author of the book Running in Silence, which shares her story as an All-American athlete struggling with anorexia and binge eating. She is also the founder and speaker for the Running in Silence 501(c)(3) to break misconceptions and raise awareness for eating disorders in sports, serves on the board for the Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance (MiEDA), and is currently a mentor for the USTFCCCA Female Coaches Mentorship Program. Rachael has been included in numerous publications including U.S. News and World Report, Runner’s World, Vogue, and Women’s Running. She has delivered presentations at coaching clinics, high schools, and colleges across the country to share her story, create awareness, and bring hope to coaches and athletes. Rachael is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she is writing her second book and coaches high school cross country and track.

Eligibility

  • Alumnus/a who has received an undergraduate degree within the last 10 years
  • Demonstrates outstanding professional achievement, personal growth and civic service in their community

Past Recipients

Katie Rogala Fahey ’11
2019 Honoree