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As apart of the Global & International Studies prgram at Leonardtown High School, students conduct a Capstone project, which is a year long project addressing a global issue. The project includes an extensive research paper, a minimum or fifteen service hours to help the issue in the community, then a presentation in front of a panel of judges. The students begin the project in November of the their junior year of high school, then give their final presentation almost exactly a year after.

Emma Miller has chosen War-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as her topic as it not only is a global issue, but the southern Maryland area is greatly affected by PTSD due to the large military population. To reach the minimum of fifteen service hours, she has chosen to organize the OWR 5k Fun Run & Walk to benefit Operation Warrior Refuge, a local therapy organization.

Operation Warrior Refuge is based out of Greenwell State Park and provides equine assisted psychotherapy services to both military and first responders with PTSD. The organization works through the idea of Reboot, Renew, Retrain, and Sustain to help their patients work to manage their PTSD. 

For more information on Operation Warrior Refuge, visit

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