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Samuel Kessler, CHS senior, finishing HS at Gatton Academy
His primary science interests are mechanical engineering and sustainability studies. His proud family includes parents, Dr. Richie and Sonya Kessler of Campbellsville, and grandparents Harry and Brenda Kessler and the late Janie Durham Kessler and Betty Squires Wilcoxson and the late Weldon Wilcoxson, all of Greensburg.
By Calen McKinney
Campbellsville High School senior Samuel Kessler has had a busy school year. He is finishing his high school studies at Western Kentucky University's Gatton Academy, and has been given several opportunities to participate in and present results from a research project conducted last summer.
Kessler's research was funded by a research internship grant provided by Carol Martin Gatton and Gatton Academy.
Last year, Kessler conducted his research with faculty and graduate students at Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Center.
The KSU aquaculture program is considered one of the top aquaculture research institutions in the country.
Kessler's project tested the suitability of a new fish feed developed from black soldier fly larvae fed with both distiller's grains and biodigestate produced by the bacterial digestion of animal waste from John McClean's farm in Taylor County.
Successful implementation of black soldier fly larvae feed may prove to be a more sustainable alternative to soy-based feeds, and could be a key to the future success of the aquaculture industry.
In November, Kessler presented his work, "Applicability of waste-reared Hermetia illuscens as an ingredient in the diet of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus," at the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting at Murray State University.
He was awarded best undergraduate oral presentation in the agricultural sciences area.
In March, he presented his research at the World Aquaculture Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
Upon graduating from Campbellsville High School and Gatton Academy in May, Kessler plans to attend the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, where he received the prestigious Grawemeyer Scholarship for undergraduate research.
His primary science interests are mechanical engineering and sustainability studies.
Kessler is the son of Dr. Richie and Sonya Kessler of Campbellsville.
He is the grandson of Harry and Brenda Kessler and the late Janie Durham Kessler and Betty Squires Wilcoxson and the late Weldon Wilcoxson, all of Greensburg.
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