AUBURN — Mechanics Savings Bank recently awarded two $1,000 Banking on the Future Scholarships to 2010 Monmouth Academy graduates Sage Paquette-Cohen and Caitlin A. Robichau.

Paquette-Cohen is the daughter of Mary Beth Paquette and Chuck Cohen of Monmouth. At Monmouth Academy, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Civil Rights Team and the Foreign Food and Film Club. She also served as Drama Club stage manager, class secretary, sophomore class president, student tutor, basketball team manager and yearbook editor.

Paquette-Cohen was a recipient of the French Award (freshman and sophomore years), English Award (junior year) and Math Award (sophomore year). In 2009, she attended the Junior State of America Summer School at Yale University. She volunteered at the Monmouth Vestry Thrift Store and Kennebec Valley Humane Society and performed community service work for Key Club and NHS projects. Paquette-Cohen plans to attend Emerson College in Boston to major in political communications.

Caitlin Robichau, daughter of Lewis and Cecilia Robichau of Monmouth, participated in Monmouth Academy’s Outing Club and the Foreign Food and Film Club. She was a member of the National Honor Society in 2008 and 2009, the freshman girls’ basketball team and was named Student of the Month in April 2010. She volunteered at the Monmouth Historical Society and the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, organized and participated in a fundraiser for a young cancer patient, participated in the St. Jude trail ride for six years and assisted at the annual Monmouth Garden Club flower sale.

Active as a junior leader in the 4-H Club, Robichau organized events at the county level. She was also a member of the 4-H Maine Equestrian Team made up of the top 20 riders in the state in 2008 and 2009, earning the Maine Dressage Society bronze medal in 2008. Robichau plans to attend the University of Maine at Augusta to major in nursing.

For more than 20 years, Mechanics Savings Bank has provided scholarships to assist high school graduates with their higher education goals. The 2010 Banking on the Future Scholarship program is awarding $1,000 to 13 high school graduates at nine area high schools this year.

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