River Watch Student to National Science Fair

Alisha Mosloff was hoping for a second place finish at the Regional Science Fair in Bemidji, and a chance to go to state. Instead the senior from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls took home top honors and won a trip to the Intel International Engineering and Science Fair in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania May 13-18th.

Her science fair project, Frosty Air: How air temperature affects soil frost depth grew out of her first year involvement with River Watch, and her interest in the environment. Working with their teacher, Ms. Cheryl Sill, Alisha and classmates decided to participate in River Watch’s Snow Study project, monitoring frost depths and snow amounts over the course of the winter. When a call for participants came for the district science fair, Alisha, who is interested in becoming a wildlife biologist, decided that this might be a way to win some scholarship money. She was right! To date she has accumulated multiple awards, medals and nearly $500 in scholarship funds.

Yesterday Alisha and her River Watch team attended the 2012 River Watch Forum in Crookston, at the University of Minnesota campus, where she displayed her project and shared her experience with other students. Her enthusiasm and composure will be an asset as she competes Thursday at the Minnesota FFA Roland Peterson Agri-Science Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota and at the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair March 18-20th, in Bloomington. Way to go Alisha, we wish you all the best!

To follow Alisha’s progress check out her blog. She wishes to thank her advisor, Ms. Cheryl Sill, for all of her hard work assisting her on this project. “She was a great guiding hand but also let it be my own project,” explained Alisha.