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Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Pikesville High grad defers start of college to hike Appalachian Trail

Pikesville High grad defers start of college to hike Appalachian Trail

Students often try to take a special trip after graduating from high school or college. But Leah Rubin went on a journey that most high school graduates wouldn't think of undertaking after finishing Pikesville High last spring.

A few weeks before her 18th birthday, Rubin started a long hike on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The teenager loves the outdoors and came up with the idea during her junior year, spent several months trying to convince her parents and eventually hiked from the trail. She delayed starting college by one semester and hiked through 14 states from Maine through Georgia in a period of about five months, finishing late in 2016.

Rubin was scheduled to...

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