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Washam and Dehus win A4

Article Published: Apr. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

William Washam and Adam Dehus have been named as the first annual Appalachian Adventure Achievement Award Finalists.

Washam is a senior geography major at Appalachian State University, and Dehus is a sophomore at Watauga High School.

The Appalachian Adventure Achievement Award (A4) is designed to discover, recognize and celebrate young people in the North Carolina High Country who are passionate about mountain sports and community service.

The awards were presented at the Boone showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival on April 1 and 2 at Farthing Auditorium.

The finalists for the 17 and under category were George Koribanic, who is an active member of the Western Youth Network and enjoys mastering survival skills, and Jimmy McAlister, an award-winning runner who volunteers as an educator and scientist at the National Foundation for the New River.

The winner of the 17 and under category, Dehus, competes in college-level climbing competitions and is an active Eagle Scout. He also volunteers in numerous community service projects.

The finalists for the 18 to 24 year old category were Monty Russell, an active alpine skier who is passionate about teaching children how to ski, and Tommy Pennick, an award-winning photographer and ASU Ski Team vice-president that has skied more than 70 days on the slope this season.

The winner, Washam, is an active ASU Cycling Team member and competitive mountain bike racer. Washam has dedicated numerous volunteer hours to help create Boone's first public mountain biking park, Rocky Knob, and he puts on numerous mountain biking competitions in the High Country each year.

The finalists and winners were awarded with generous prize packages made possible by the presenting partner, Blue Ridge Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and sponsors Appalachian Ski Mountain and Misty Mountain.

More information about nomination criteria and winners can be found on Appalachian State University's Outdoor Programs website at

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