Sydney grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and still calls western NC home. She spent the last two summers working at Camp Green Cove as an outdoor trip leader and tennis instructor, teaching lessons to kids and taking them on multi-day backpacking trips. She also taught kids how to rock climb. This fall, she was a counselor at Camp Crinkleroot, where she worked with kids with autism. This fall, Sydney will head back to App to pursue a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

  • Education: Appalachian State University, bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders
  • Certification: Wilderness first responder
  • Favorite outdoor memory: While visiting Utah, I hiked in Arches National Park. I made it to the top of Delicate Arch Trail for a beautiful sunrise.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: My favorite outdoor achievement was cleaning my very first route on a climbing trip.
  • Favorite hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, tennis, cooking, and spending time with my German shepherd Mojo.
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: Costa Rica! I co-led a service program to Mastatal. Our group worked with a local family to learn about sustainable agriculture practices.
  • What are you most excited about this summer? This summer, I look forward to making new connections and forming strong friendships. I also look forward to learning from my colleagues, spending time outdoors, and meeting students!