LEWISTON — In May and June, 274 third grade students from East Auburn Community, Denmark Elementary, Martel, McMahon, Montello,
Park Avenue, Pettingill, Sherwood Heights and Walton Elementary schools participated in United Ambulance Service’s fifth annual coloring contest. The contest was developed in efforts to celebrate National EMS Week.

Students were asked to draw a portrait based on “What they think of” when they hear the words: EMS (Emergency Medical Services); EMT (Emergency Medical Technician); Paramedic; United Ambulance; and hospital.

The portraits that were submitted to United Ambulance Service were displayed for employees, who picked the top five, as well as five portraits that would receive participation awards. Employees said the process was difficult as all the portraits displayed artistic qualities that were closely related to the key words.

The top five portraits for Auburn-Lewiston schools were: first, Searra Gauthier, Montello School; second, Katelyn Szustak, Martel School; third, Evy Bilodeau, Sherwood Heights School; fourth, Amanda DeMatteo, Park Ave. School; and fifth, Evan Cox, Pettingill School.

Participation awards were given to: Isaac Dumont, Walton School; Brooke Smiley, McMahon School; Fiona McCloskey, Sherwood Heights School; Jaidon Dumont, Walton School; and an anonymous third grade student from Martel School.

The top three portraits for the Bridgton area were: first, Abigail Burnell; second, Finn Lane; and third, Cory Covill, all from Denmark Elementary School.

Each student was given a gift card.

All the portraits, with the exception of those listed above, were donated to area nursing facilities so they could be shared with the residents. To view the portraits or for more information about United, visit: www.unitedambulance.com.