AUBURN — Mechanics Savings Bank recently awarded four $1,000 Banking on the Future Scholarships to Leavitt Area High School graduates Cassandra M. Brown, Jessica R. Child, Katelyn T. Kirk and Harrison P.J. Wiegman.

Brown is the daughter of Pamela and Scott Brown of Leeds. While at Leavitt she served as class president for two years and was a member of the student council, the National Honor Society and the Latin Club. In addition, she achieved high honors for four years and choreographed several Leavitt Area High School plays.

For several years, Brown served as a Junior Volunteer at Central Maine Medical Center and as a student assistant at Mary Jane’s School of Dance. This fall, she will attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., where she plans to study dance.

Child is the daughter of Doreen and Kevin Child of Greene. A member of the National Honor Society, she was a Scholar Leader in the National Youth Leadership program, president of the French Club for four years and class secretary her junior year. Child was a member of the math team, the science group and AVEC.

She volunteered her time as an assistant dance teacher, elementary school soccer coach and math tutor. Child will attend the University of New Hampshire to major in premedical/biology with plans to pursue a career in neurosurgery.

Kirk is the daughter of Brenda and Douglas Kirk of Leeds. She was a member of the Leavitt student council for four years, serving as president in 2008-09. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Club, math team and soccer team. Kirk was a 2007 Maine Youth Leadership Ambassador and a national semifinalist for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Public Health “Make a Difference” competition. She was a national semi-finalist for the Ayn Rand Institute’s Anthem essay.

Kirk earned the DAR Good Citizen Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2009 and volunteered more than 300 hours at CMMC and St. Mary’s Medical Center. She will attend the University of Maine to major in biochemistry/premedical to pursue a career as a medical examiner.

Wiegman is the son of Jan and Vicky Wiegman of Leeds. At Leavitt he was a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, and Model State Legislature. He was also a member of the soccer, Nordic skiing and football teams and served as captain of the track team in 2009. An Eagle Scout, Wiegman served on numerous Boy Scouts community service projects. He participated in food drives for the local food pantry and in the Keep ME Warm program, assisting the elderly in winterizing their homes.

Wiegman will major in wildlife biology at the University of Maine with plans for a career in fisheries biology or environmental management.

For more than twenty years, Mechanics Savings Bank has provided scholarships to assist high school graduates with their higher education goals. With a focus on demonstrated community service, the 2009 Banking on the Future Scholarship program will award $1,000 to seventeen high school graduates at nine area high schools this year.


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