Baccalaureate Class of 2020 Keynote Speaker, Speech Contest Winner & Finalists
Bishop Yvette A. Flunder
Bishop Yvette A. Flunder’s work for “those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge church. She was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multidenominational coalition of more than 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity, in 2003.
Maddy Fish is a member of the Stanford Class of 2020. While at Stanford, she majored in Human Biology focusing on the social and emotional dimensions of children's lives. She now works in early education as a kindergarten teacher. Her broader interest is in working to end the transmission of trauma in school systems. She hopes to continue learning about the slow work of shifting culture and providing spiritual care. She loves reading, bird watching, board games, and time with friends.
Ella Eisinger ’20
Ella is a first-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She proudly hails from New York, however after four years of falling in love with the West Coast, now confidently characterizes herself as “coastally confused.” While at Stanford, Ella was involved in lab research, tutoring at the Hume Center, Bridge peer counseling, and several of Stanford’s outdoor communities. Ella is currently interested in pediatric surgery and broadly aspires to positively impact the landscapes of healthcare accessibility, adolescent mental health, and narrative medicine. While in college, you could almost invariably find her running the Dish, studying at CoHo, or spending time with friends. Although her location may have since changed, the core themes of her pastimes–namely athletics, caffeine, and camaraderie–remain reliable constants.
Originally from Daegu, South Korea, Elaine came to Stanford six years ago with the dreams of making it big out West. While at Stanford, she wrote a full-length novel and worked on a startup, but not at the same time. Other memorable involvements include: SLE, The Stanford Daily, Memorial Church Choir, and QSPOT. She feels immensely lucky to have seen her favorite spot on campus, Lake Lag, filled in watery splendor.
Annie Zheng graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature. On campus, they were involved with a cappella, ethnic studies, sociology, and more. Their favorite part of Stanford was music directing their a cappella group, plus the soup in the dining halls. They received Stanford’s Educational Achievement Fellowship, their Summer Internship in the Arts Fellowship, their COVID Community Arts Grant, and the Community Impact Fellowship.