Krista Hafez, Parma High School graduate

College of Idaho junior Krista Hafez is a busy bee at heart. The Parma High School graduate is doing her part to make 2011 a happy new year for the patients of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise. Krista created the “Kaps for Kids” program. She knits and sells beanies for $10 apiece on the C of I campus. She donates 100 percent of the proceeds to St. Luke’s, which will spend the money on gift cards to give patients to celebrate holidays, birthdays, successful surgeries and other special occasions.

“Originally I was going to donate the beanies to the hospital,” Hafez said. “But after speaking with Kim White, the Child Life Specialist at St. Luke’s, I decided to sell them instead. Kim said the hospital really had a need for the gift cards. The patients don’t really get to make many choices, but giving them gift cards allows them to choose a gift  that they really want.”

Hafez has knitted about 40 beanies for the hospital. So far she has sold about 25 hats. She takes special requests for hats and already has had several for the purple and gold “Yotes” hat she sold to C of I President Marv Henberg.

In high school, what were you involved in?

I was involved in almost everything in high school — National Honor Society, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Leo’s Club (High School Lions Club), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government, Band Boosters, Track and Field. What I was most proud of, however, is how I was able to make a difference in my school. Music has always been my passion, and band was my life during high school. I rearranged my schedule for band events and worked alongside the band boosters to raise money for the band.

Along with my mother, I helped raise over $1,000 towards new uniforms, something that was desperately needed during my time in high school. 

What goals did you set for yourself when you graduated high school?

When I graduated high school, my main goal was to pursue my passion. I had spent years being told what I should pursue as a career, anywhere from law to medicine to research, but had never really thought about what I wanted to do. After spending a semester in both music and political economy, I immediately knew where I was meant to be, and officially became a music education major.

Who are your role models?

People I have continually looked up to are some of my former teachers. Mr. John “Mick” Sharkey was my biology teacher for three years at Parma High. My high school principal for three years was Mr. Michael Moore. My parents teach me more than I will ever realize. Both my parents immigrated to this country, and if there is anything they have taught me, it is to be appreciative of what I have, and to never take for granted the gifts I’ve been given, from the clean air I breathe, to the scholarship that pays for my education. 

What advice would you give to students your age about achieving goals?

I would say that if you are going to achieve a goal, you have to put all of yourself into it. If you want to be a music teacher, be a music teacher. If you want to be a doctor, be a doctor. Don’t “sort of” do one thing, then change your mind.

What advice have you been given that really made a difference?

Some of the best advice that I’ve ever received is rather simple: “Whatever you do, don’t have any wouldas, couldas, or shouldas.”

What do you like to do in your free time when you are not in school?

I really try not to have free time because I hate feeling lazy. In the summer I do crafts and I cook for my family. I’ve also been heavily involved with my sorority, which has become a year-round commitment. I play my instruments as much as possible, and try to learn new music and take lessons from different people in order to further develop my musicianship. This summer I also began volunteering with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. I am now a Guardian at Litem in the Caldwell area.

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