Frederick Native Will Share Lessons from The Appalachian Trail


Eliane Coates, who spent six months hiking the Appalachian Trail, will be the featured speaker at the FCC Moving Mountains Speaker Series on Tuesday, November 13 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Coates’ talk will focus on lessons she learned while hiking the trail and how those lessons can apply to anyone in any situation.

“The trail for me was a huge confidence booster and showed me that if I want something badly enough, and if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish it,” Coates said. “I want to show others that nothing is out of their reach as long as they commit to it. Commitment always pays off.”

Coates, a Frederick native, decided to hike the trail as a way to help her grieve after the loss of her father. She hiked the entire 2,200 miles of the Appalachian trail, crossing 14 states from Georgia to Maine.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail taught Coates how to be self-sufficient and how to prepare for any challenge, skills she believes would benefit any student in middle school or high school.

Her experience also made her realize how important it was for her to pursue a career based on her passions. Coates is currently pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling at Hood College. She hopes to help others by using nature as a therapeutic tool.

Coates’ talk is the second in the 2018-2019 Moving Mountain Speakers Series. The monthly series features inspiring professionals who share their life experiences and encourage teens and young adults to set the bar high in all areas of their lives.

The sessions are free and open to the public and will take place in the JBK Theater, located inside the Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus. No registration is required to attend. Teens and young adults who attend and sign in for three of the six sessions in an academic year are eligible to receive a certificate of leadership and participation.

In addition to Coates, upcoming Moving Mountain speakers include:

Jan. 16, 2019
Charles and Sharon Riser, business owners, The TEMPLE: A Paul Mitchell Partner School
“Success and Leadership: It’s All About Relationships”

February 13, 2019
Darline Gilson and Briana Thezard, college students and co- founders of Vision 1804, a nonprofit serving Haiti
“Answering to Our Calling”

March 20, 2019
Charlie Smith, State’s Attorney for Frederick County
“Moving Mountains That Move”

April 10, 2019
James Hatch, cybersecurity and technology professor
"Interactive Cybersecurity: Are you ready?"

For more information about the series, contact Mike Pritchard at or 301.846.2417.

Frederick Community College makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities for College-sponsored events and programs. If you have accommodation needs, please call 301.846.2408. To request a sign language interpreter, please call 240.629.7819 or 301.846.2408 (Voice) or email interpreting. Sign language interpreters will not be automatically provided for College-sponsored events without a request for services. To guarantee accommodations, requests must be made at least five workdays in advance of a scheduled event.