Hometown: Coarsegold, CA
Previous School: Yosemite High School
High School: Stieler played two years of varsity soccer at Yosemite High School, where he was a starting striker/midfielder. He also ran cross country and was on the ski team. He finished in third place in a cross country league meet (2011), in 15th place at the Sanger High School Invitational Cross Country Meet (2012), in 16th Place at the Golden West High School Invitational Cross Country Meet (2013), and was ranked in the top of five on Yosemite’s varsity cross country team (2013). His cross country team won the North Sierra League championships in 2012 and 2013. He was a member of the Badger Pass Ski Team from 2007-2010, and his middle school soccer team won the 2010 championship. He helped his team win the championship by scoring seven goals over the course of four games, including two in the championship game.
His academic accomplishments include placing fourth at the 2014 Fresno Science Fair Senior Division under Behavioral and Social Psychology and qualifying and participating in the 2014 California State Science Fair under Behavioral and Social Psychology. He was a member of Key Club/Interact, Foreign Language Club, and Yosemite High School’s science research team. He is a lifetime member of the California Scholastic Federation.
In middle school, Stieler served as school president and received the Principal’s Award and the American Legion Award in 2010.He finished in second place in the pentathlon super quiz and overall in 2009 and 2010.
Personal: Craig is the son of Mike and Heather Stieler. His hobbies include skiing.
Reason for coming to Simpson: “As a young boy, I was very close with Jesus Christ. I regularly attended Church at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church in Oakhurst and at Sierra Bible Church in Sonora. I also went to numerous Christian summer camps, such as: Calvin Crest, Sugar Pine, and another held at Sierra Bible Church. Over the years, my participation in organized religion has dwindled (not due to lack of faith, but to lack of time from sports and other activities). I now rarely attend church at Sierra Vista, and I only attend Sierra Bible Church when I’m in the area. Sadly, I am too old to attend the summer camps anymore; however, I do help out as a volunteer and mentor at Sierra Bible Church every summer. This is always an incredible experience. The children that attend vacation bible study never cease to amaze me. They have such incredible amounts of faith in Jesus Christ and love distributed between and throughout them all… which is what truly lead to my decision in applying to Simpson University.
My main goal was to simply let God back into my life to a much fuller extent. I want to love and truly believe in our Lord and Savior like I used to (like the children that I mentor now do) and I strongly believe that the community and environment of Simpson University can give that to me. Of course, I also want to be academically successful and create a future for myself. Considering the fact that I am a confident, and determined young man, I should have no problem with doing this. Now that I'm attending Simpson University, you can be sure that I will strive to not only improve and enhance my education, but to strengthen my bond with God as well.”