Brown, Overvold receive A4 honors
Two area students have earned straight As in adventure.
As the 2014 recipients of the Appalachian Adventure Achievement Award, otherwise known as A4, Corin Brown and Wes Overvold were publicly recognized during Appalachian State University’s March 28 screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
“The A4 is designed to discover, recognize and celebrate young people in the North Carolina High Country who are passionate about a mountain sport, thriving in that sport and are also giving back in some way to their community,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of ASU Outdoor Programs, which manages the award program. “These individuals are living healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, and we want to celebrate them. Our goal is to positively inspire more youth to adopt a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle.”
A4 recipients are nominated in one of two age categories — 17 and younger and 18 to 24 years old.
Brown, in the 17 and younger category, is a senior at Watauga High School. He was nominated by Rachel Whitmer of Mountain Alliance, a nonprofit organization that advocates outdoor adventure for area youth.
“I’ve lived in the High Country my whole life, and that fact alone has created in me a love of adventure in the outdoors,” Brown said in a news release. “Since I was little, I’ve been taking every opportunity to get out into the mountains, whether it be biking, skiing, climbing or just hiking.”
Brown is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and Mountain Alliance, and he said his current passion is climbing.
“I intend to continue adventuring for many years to come, and, perhaps, one day, I’ll be able to instill my love of the outdoors — and all you can do there — in the next generation,” he said.
Overvold is a senior recreation management major at Appalachian State University. Since relocating from coastal Georgia to Boone, Overvold said he’s embraced a wide variety of mountain sports through his involvement with ASU Outdoor Programs. Through OP, he participated in a 30-day source-to-sea expedition down the Catawba River watershed and also logged some miles backcountry skiing in the Canadian Rockies. In addition, he’s worked as a trip leader, kayaking instructor and photographer.
In the community, Overvold works with High Country Recreation, a local nonprofit organization. He was nominated by Kristian Jackson, an ASU recreation management faculty member and area photographer.
“The connecting piece for this particular award is their passion and love for the outdoors,” Campbell said. “The award isn’t necessarily designed to look for the strongest climber or biker or skier. Obviously, that’s great, but it’s also about people who are committed and doing things in their community.”
Thanks to the sponsorship of Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the recipients also received an assortment of prizes, including Outdoor Research jackets, a climbing pack and harness from Misty Mountain Threadworks and a gift package from Earth Fare.
A4 will begin accepting nominations for its 2015 recipients this fall, Campbell said. For more information, visit http://op.appstate.edu.