AUBURN — Robyn Rawle of Buckfield has been selected as Student of the Year at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). She and six other Maine community college students were honored recently for their academic success and campus and community involvement at a ceremony in Augusta hosted by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) board of trustees.

Rawle is graduating this spring from CMCC with President’s Honors, the highest academic honors at the college. Active in the TRIO Student Success Center, she worked as a tutor and conducted impromptu study groups in math and science.

She was a student in the Life Sciences Honors Program, served as a lab assistant and was an officer in the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

A stroke victim who suffers from diabetes, Rawle has also worked as a teacher’s aid, helping students with disabilities. Her family owns and operates a horse farm in Buckfield, where she has, for many years, given horseback riding lessons and therapeutic riding sessions for people with disabilities.

Rawle has accepted a merit-based scholarship to attend the University of New England in the fall, where she will pursue their “4+1 B.S./M.S.” in marine sciences.

In addition to being recognized as Student of the Year, Rawle is receiving a $1,000 John H. Lapoint Jr. Leadership Award. Lapoint was president of UF Strainrite in Lewiston and a trustee of the Maine Community College System. After his death in 1995, his widow, Jana Lapoint, served on the board from 1995 to 2006 and helped establish the fund.

Robyn Rawle, right, is the CMCC Student of the Year. She is pictured with Nick Hamel, dean of students at CMCC, after she was presented the award at a ceremony held recently in Augusta.


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