Congratulations to Business Communication alum Mackenzie Wieder, who finished her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

She wrote: "In the span of 173 days on the Appalachian Trail, I got a hitch from an Amish guy in his horse and buggy, I watched the sunrise from McAfee Knob and Clingmans Dome, I hiked into town to buy an entire cake and eat it on the sidewalk with my friends, I hiked 42 miles in one day, I saw Spongebob on Broadway, I created a makeshift splint and waited for emergency responders for a hiker who broke his ankle, I swam in every lake I could, and I experienced magic from strangers. On Monday, I finished my 2,190.9 mile journey.

In the photo at left from her Facebook account, Mackenzie sits atop Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine at 5,267 feet, located in Baxter State Park. Mackenzie's mantra for the hike was "accept the unexpected."

Welcome home, Mackenzie!