CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- A climbing wall dedication ceremony took place at the Corning Painted-Post High School, Saturday afternoon. The ceremony honored Adam Dohn, a graduate of the class of 2016.  

Dohn recently passed away in 2021. Dohn’s father, Paul Dohn, said his son's passion for climbing began his junior year while he was still in high school. With no indoor climbing facility in the area, the family reached out to the school district about making this dream a reality, in dedication of Adam.  

“He didn't have the opportunity to have a good climbing facility or good instruction,” he said. “We thought this would be a good way to honor him and provide an asset to the community and to the high school.”  

Dohn worked with Corning-Painted Post Area School District's superintendent Michelle Caulfield to get the wall installed. Caulfield said over the last year, the Corning community has poured their time, money, and support into this project. She is hopeful that the climbing wall will bring students positive experiences. 

“Climbing experience...no climbing experience...how do we overcome our fears,” she said. “How do we overcome our obstacles? This is one way you can physically learn to do that.” 

Dohn said climbing helped his son overcome his fears. He hopes this climbing wall can do the same for students.  

“Because of his climbing...that's what go him over that and it gave him an opportunity to excel in other ways that he wasn't able to...as all kids have those issues,” he said.