Wow, @allknowen ... Sounds like you have quite the resume!
2023? So you graduate June-ish 2022? Not sure I follow your calendar.
Good luck to ya! My son is just a bit older than you, and until recently found it difficult to do many things because he was young... People wouldn't rent him a car or a hotel room, for example. I mention it just so you can plan accordingly.
We spend most of our time further west, but we do get up to Baxter State Park occasionally. If we see someone your age playing the mandolin we'll say hello!
Hi @allknowen - Thanks for reaching out. It's awesome to hear you have an AT thru-hike in the plans!
You'll see that we moved your post to the Appalachian Trail Hikers group, where it'll be right alongside others conversations about the same trail. @patri100ia posted there looking for partners for a 2022 hike, but you're the first for 2023!
This is a great spot to see what other questions have been answered, as well as ask any you have that are specific to the trail! We're happy to have you here. Hopefully this helps!
Start alone... trust me, you won't be alone and that way you'll meet folks who are hiking your pace and have the same schedule as you do. Trying to get a hiking partner prior to setting out is extremely difficult as everyone has such different paces and mileage they are able to do every day. You'll be surrounded by many, many people setting out in March. You'll find your crew naturally by starting solo.
Good luck to you!