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She received her education from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1985. She would go onto winning the gold medal in the category "Overall, Women" in 1978 and 1994. She holds the record for the most total parachute jumps made by a woman - nearly 20,000 jumps as of May 2014. She also holds the record for most parachute jumps made in a 24-hour period by a woman - 352 jumps from November 8-9, 1995.
More recently, Stearns was involved in the StratoQuest project, which endeavored to break Joseph Kittinger's long-standing record for the highest altitude parachute jump ever, with a jump from at least 110,000 feet.
Stearns made her first jump in 1971 at the age of 17.
In 1977 she became the first female member of the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's elite parachute team. She served two three-year tours. She served two active duty hitches with the Golden Knights in her military career.