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2017 A4 Winners

Max Royal (18-24 category)

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I am a junior studying Recreation Management here at Appalachian State University. I am the Secretary Officer of the Appalachian State University Climbers Coalition. My outdoor interests include rock climbing, caving, trail running, and whitewater rafting, with my true passions lying in environmental and social activism. My favorite ice cream flavor is Ben and Jerry's Phish Food, and if I had to choose any mammal to be, I would choose to be a platypus; I just think they're overlooked and unappreciated far too often because of their non-mammalian appearance.

Madison Miller (17 and under category)


Madison Miller is a 16-year-old high school sophomore and has been lucky enough to grow up in Boone, NC surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. She is an active member of Mountain Alliance and spends all her free time hiking, biking, backpacking, rock climbing, and caving. Madison finds that being out in nature is a way to refresh her soul and let her creative spirit soar.