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Severn teen wins Maryland Governor’s Volunteer Award

tristan mohsSevern resident Tristan Mohs, 15, has been awarded the Governor’s Individual Service Award for Youth for 2012. A freshman at Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, Tristan volunteers more than 10 hours a week at Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) in Crownsville, Maryland.

“Tristan gives us a great deal of his time but it is really because of the quality of his commitment and caring that we nominated him for this prestigious award,” said Katie Spohn, MTR Volunteer Coordinator, who nominated him. “Still in Middle School when he started, Tristan has taken every training we offer and is now one of our strongest senior horse leaders. And we all love him, he is such an engaging and charming young man!”

Tristan often gets up at dawn on weekends to go to the barn to help. He started at MTR in November, 2010 for one hour a week and was looking for a fulfilling volunteer experience. His sustained commitment since then working with the special needs community helps provide a safe and effective riding experience for MTR’s riders.

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