SUMMIT, NJ - Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to reach the top of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, will speak to students at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child September 26, beginning at 7 p.m. Wood will discuss risk as a deterrent to doing what’s necessary to live a more fulfilling life, while also detailing the strategies she’s used to push herself through fears and barriers. 

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration -- suggested to secure a seat -- is available by visiting oakknoll.org/sharonwood.

Wood summited Mount Everest on May 20, 1986, and later wrote a book on her exploits, “Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest,” which is set to be released by Mountaineers Books next month. 

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Her talk is sponsored by the Oak Knoll Parents’ Association, which aims to "support the school by fostering relationships among students, parents, administrators, faculty and staff, while promoting parental involvement."

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is located at 44 Blackburn Road.