BRETTON WOODS, N.H. – University of Maine seniors Rachel Wilkinson (South Portland, Maine) of the cross country and track and field teams and Cody Lachance (Winslow, Maine) of the men’s swimming team were named to the first-ever America East Helping Hands Team. The team was announced as part of the conference’s annual awards dinner at Mount Washington on Tuesday evening. The honor recognizes a male and female student-athlete from each America East institution for their dedication to bettering their communities through service.
Wilkinson, a food science and human nutrition major, graduated in May. She was named to Team Maine for having the highest GPA on the cross country team. She was a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Wilkinson was named to the America East All-Academic Team for Cross Country.
Wilkinson served as captain of the cross country and indoor track and field teams. She was president of the nutrition club. She also volunteered with Manna Ministries, the Ronald McDonald House, Cutler Health Center, taught nutrition at the YMCA, current co-president of Colleges Against Cancer, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, promoted knowledge of breast and lung cancer, organized Relay for Life events and worked to promote a connection between students and athletes on campus.
Lachance graduated this past May with a degree in forestry. He was named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. He was also named to the America East All-Academic Swim Team, the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honors Society, the University and the School of Forest Resources Dean’s List. He earned the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship, the Woodhead Forestry Fund Award, the S.B. Condon Scholarship, the Albert & Leone Nutting Scholarship and the G. Peirce and Florence Pitts-Webber Forestry Scholarship.
Lachance was also very active in the Orono and Old Town areas. He was the creator and organizer of “Black Bear Book Buddies” with Old Town Elementary School, helped with Old Town Riverfest, helped with Relay for Life, Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon, Black Bear Swim School, Black Bear Stroke Clinic, Toys for Tots, Supper Suppah and the Ronald McDonald House.