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The contest has ended! A big thank you to everyone who entered a video this year! We have TWO grand prize winners. Congrats to Max, Kumari, Hayley, Abigail, Brian, Kate, and Matt.

Watch the video on the right, to see a recap of the contest and school-wide voting event. Then check out all the winning videos below!

Best Overall

Power of the Peaks
by Max Owens

A tale of epic proportions, which includes detailed interviews of Max, documents his rigorous training regimen, and ends with his entire high school telling NOLS, "Max belongs in the mountains!" Max, we're going to get you there—just don't make your tent mates one of your backcountry salads, ok?

Best Overall #2

I dream of the Appalachian Trail
by Kumari Ratnayake

Kumari shows us you can hike the Appalachian Trail on your back! Kumari, your song is a hit in the making, and your creativity was inspiring! We're psyched to be able to teach you how to hike the AT in true NOLS style!

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High Line in the Winds
by Hayley Ashburn

This brave NOLS alum gives us a glimpse into the adrenaline-pumping high-line feats she has accomplished, and her plans to complete a similar feat in the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River Range in the near future! Hayley, we hope to see you here in Wyoming soon!


La Frontiere
by Abigail Wehner

Abigail's video tells the imaginative story (with the help of some origami and a map) of her plans to canoe, cycle, and hike the world's longest border. From the NOLSies who teach up North, thanks for not forgetting about Alaska and the Yukon ;-)


In Need of the Outdoors
by Brian Reisman

Brian sings a ballad to NOLS about his dream of going to the Yukon! Brian, thanks for letting us know you're in need of the outdoors. NOLS can if "Yukon," help you out! (also thanks to you, we've got that song memorized here at NOLS)


Rochester to Rochester
by Kate S.

Kate tells us about her plans to ride her best friend—an old horse—over 400 miles from Rochester, New York, to Rochester, New Hampshire. Kate, you and your horse have a long road ahead. Best of luck in getting your best friend to your backyard!


Wash Your Spirit Clean
by Matt Denis

Matt and his wife paint a poignant picture of a childhood spent surfing with dad, and lay out their plans of going on their own "Surfari" down the West coast upon bro-in-law Josiah's return from his military deployment. Matt, we wish Josiah a safe deployment and return, best of luck on the family "Surfari."

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