Stratton, Spruce Mountain students win Maine CDC poster contest

AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the winners of the 2019 Lyme Disease Awareness Month poster contest.
Maine students from kindergarten through fifth grade designed posters on the theme, “Tick Aware and Tick Alert.” Along with this theme, students illustrated at least one specific preventative method on the poster, such as: use of EPA-approved repellent, wearing protective clothing, performing daily tick checks, or using caution in tick-infested areas.
Winners were Addie Knieser, first grade, Stratton School; Alaina Kachnovich, third grade, and Natasha McDonald, fourth grade, both Spruce Mountain Elementary School.
Honorable mention went to Patrick Libby, third grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School.
Maine CDC selected winners from each of the three participating age groups: K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and one honorable mention poster. The winning posters are available on Maine CDC’s website. Each winner and honorable mention awardee received a Maine state parks family day pass, a certificate, and tick-removal kits for their classroom.
Maine CDC received submissions from schools throughout the state. Participation in the contest is an honor in itself, as Maine CDC asked schools to send a selection of only three posters from each grade. Maine CDC recognizes all participants and their contributions to Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May. A list of students chosen by their schools to participate in the contest is available at
For more information on Lyme disease, or to view the 2019 winning posters, visit

TOP PHOTO: The kindergarten-1st grade winning poster, by Addie Knieser, first grade, Stratton School. (Maine CDC image)

The grades 2-3 winner, by Alaina Kachnovich, third grade, Spruce Mountain School (Maine CDC image)
The grade 4-5 winning poster, by Natasha McDonald, fourth grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School. (Maine CDC image)
Honorable mention went to Patrick Libby, third grade, Spruce Mountain Elementar School. (Maine CDC image)