Raquel Gibbs will be starting her Junior year at Husson University in the fall and has been selected to receive $1000 from the Kennebec Valley Garden Club, Barrows Scholarship. Raquel is majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. She is especially interested in sustainability and is active on the University’s Sustainability Committee, one of her projects is to restore a significant vernal pool on campus. Raquel is especially interested in using sustainability to reduce the use of chemicals in the environment. Other interests include the use of plants in medicine and working with youth teaching respect for the environment.
Kevin Frankhauser will also be starting his Junior year in the fall at the University of Maine in Orono with a major in Forestry and was selected to receive $1000 from the Kennebec Valley Garden Club, Barrows Scholarship. Kevin has worked to receive his Red Card allowing him to assist in fighting forest fires as well as doing an internship with the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. During the time he spent with the American Chestnut Foundation Kevin learned silviculture, focusing on planting, inoculating, collecting data and identifying diseased trees. This summer he will be interning with a land management company taking tree measurements and observing harvests.