Teen offers Indiana Township recreation input

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Treavor Moore stands out among the people serving on committees in Indiana Township.

Each year, the township appoints a student to its parks and recreation board. At the beginning of November, Treavor, 16, was the latest chosen to be that student.

“The board needs a variety of perspectives, young and old,” said Treavor, the only teen to hold a committee post in the township.

“I just like to be involved in the township. My first meeting with the parks and rec was really neat. They were very official and welcoming, really fun.”

The thought behind having a student on the board is to give other members first-hand perspective of the type of recreation programs and facilities local youths would like to see in the township.

“I can easily support what is going on,” Treavor said.

His favorite activity is Youth Day, which is held at Emmerling Park.

Treavor said he visits Emmerling Park, located near his home, almost every day.

Often, he rides his bike there and exercises every other day. He said he runs two miles to stay in shape for track season.

“The park is in the center of the community, the neighborhood. I feel so grateful — to run, walk, meet neighbors, take the dog, bike,” Treavor said.

Treavor says he knows a lot of work goes into keeping the parks and other township amenities in shape for residents.

Treavor is a Boy Scout with Troop 380 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.

He set up a fall work session at Town Hall for his Eagle Scout community-service project.

“It takes tons of effort and the project took a huge amount of planning,” he said.

As part of the Eagle Scout project, Treavor organized the more than 40 people who showed up to rake, plant and spread mulch.

They landscaped more than a dozen different areas on the Town Hall grounds.

Whether working or playing, Treavor said, he enjoys the outdoor activities.

His academic interests go hand in hand with Scouting.

He would like to be an engineer or entrepreneur.

He is the parliamentary officer of Future Business Leaders of America and was inducted into the National Honor Society in September.

“I guess I consider myself a pretty organized person,” Treavor said. “I try to be rational, think things through when I have to do more work or a lot of homework.”

Add in Saturday SAT prep classes and serving as an acolyte on Sunday, and it's easy to sum up the high quality of Treavor's activities.

“I consider myself very good at pushing myself. I don't need an incentive,” Treavor said.

Still, Treavor finds time to spend with his friends, and now that he has his driver's license, they enjoy going out for ice cream, which is Treavor's favorite food.

And with everything else he has going on, Treavor even finds time to dish out that favorite treat; he works at an ice cream store on the weekends.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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