Sam Kirk of Wendell recently completed a 37-day mountaineering and sailing course in the Pacific Northwest with the National Outdoor Leadership School.
The 22-year-old completed the wilderness expedition in two phases alongside nine classmates and two instructors.
The mountaineering expedition began July 9 and lasted 22 days, venturing through the Homathko Icefield of British Columbia’s Waddington Range. The team trekked 99 kilometers and climbed 13,000 feet. Highlights of the mountaineering end included ice climbing over a glacial tarn, route finding through a white-out and glacial travel as the group built camaraderie that would be needed for the sailing portion.
Kirk endured tough weather conditions during the 246-mile sailing end of the course. He and the other students were each given two chances to act as first mate, leading the crew through passages.
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The route included three crossings of the Straits of Georgia, stopping at small ports and visiting a homestead for oysters and bear stew.
AD certified: East Wake Academy Athletic Director Bret Bystricky was recently recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
The title is awarded to those who demonstrate the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The certification process was voluntary and included a thorough evaluation of Bystricky’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, and a comprehensive written exam.
Big opportunity for Mighty Mite: Knightdale 10-year-old Joel Yulfo spent the first weekend in January participating in the ninth annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week, held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
He earned an invite to the event for the second year in a row after participating in an O-D football camp last summer and being named an Offense-Defense All-American.
Yulfo, a linebacker and running back for the Knightdale Knights Mighty Mite team, was singled out for the honor from among thousands of young athletes from across the country who participated in O-D summer camps.
The Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl is part of a week-long series of events including the televised O-D All-American Bowl highlighting 88 of the top high school seniors in the country.