CELS junior wins Future Farmers of America award

Olivia Barsojian and Carissa Koski (right), two Coastal Fellow students working at East Farm

Carissa Koski, a CELS junior majoring in environmental science, has received an American Future Farmers of America Degree for her work as a member of the Narragansett FFA.

Koski currently is a Coastal Fellows working on a project entitled “Natural Products for the Control of Annual Bluegrass Weevil and Deer Ticks.” Her project will be the subject of a poster next month. She is working with another junior, Olivia Barsojian, on the project and their mentor is Dt. Steven Alm, a CELS entomologist.

Koski has also worked in a research project on the spotted wing drosophila, an imported  fruit fly that can destroy small fruits such as blueberries.

To qualify for the FAA degree, Koski had to meet a variety of requirements including logging many hours in agricultural classes in high school and college, maintaining records showing outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills and also demonstrating community service.

The FAA Degree is awarded to students at its National FFA Convention which was held recently.