The Kennebec Valley Garden Club recently announced the 2016 Barrows Scholarship recipients.

Signe Lynch graduated from Hall-Dale High School in June and has received a $1,000 scholarship. She plans to attend Bates College to major in environmental studies and conservation, with a strong emphasis on wilderness, especially invasive plant life.

Lynch has been involved with the National Student Conservation Association, working at Glacier National Park in Montana and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. She has also been an adviser to Maine Youth Trail Stewardship and Maine Math and Science Alliance as well as being a member of Teens for Trails and the National Honor Society.

During the summer of 2015 Signe participated in the Bigalow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Keller BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) Program where she had the opportunity to have hands-on ocean science research experience and worked alongside professional researchers, exploring the biological, chemical and geological characteristics of the local marine environment through field and laboratory work.

Raquel Gibbs, a 2015 Barrows Scholarship recipient of $1,000, was again selected to receive a $500 Barrows Scholarship in 2016. A 2015 Winslow High School graduate, Gibbs attends Husson University, majoring in environmental science. Her focus is on plant research, including quality growth, nutritional content, disease prevention, insect resistance and use in medical treatments and cures.

Kevin Frankhauser, also a 2015 Barrows Scholarship recipient of $1,000, received a $500 Barrows Scholarship in 2016. Frankhauser was a 2015 Gardiner High School graduate and attends the University of Maine Orono majoring in forestry with an emphasis on forest resources, including land management, vegetation and engineering survey of tree species. He attended a field camp in Lincolnville.

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