AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention held the eighth annual Lyme Disease Awareness Month Poster Contest to raise awareness and knowledge about prevention against tick-borne illnesses.

This year’s theme was “Be Tick Smart” and called for students to illustrate at least one preventative method on the poster.

One poster winner was selected from each of the four participating age groups. Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass, a certificate, and tick removal kits for their entire classroom.

Local contest winners include Lylah Shanz, a first-grader at the Stratton School, for the kindergarten to first grade category; and Jayvin Saint Louis, a fourth/fifth grade student at Spruce Mountain Elementary School, for the fourth and fifth grade category.

Honorable mentions were made to Kenzi Jo Richards, a fourth/fifth-grader at Spruce Mountain Elementary School and Noah Koenig, a seventh-grader at the Stratton School.

Each school was limited to three submissions a grade. Other local participants are noted at on the Maine CDC’s website. 


Stratton School first-grader Lylah Schanz accepts a certificate and Maine state park summer pass for her winning drawing in the Lyme Disease Awareness Month Poster Contest for the kindergarten through first grade category. Her drawing will be hung at the Center for Disease Control in Augusta. Schanz was given a state park summer pass and a certificate. Schanz, front left, is pictured with her sister, Sky Schanz, front right; teacher Mrs. Simpson, back left; and mother, Summer Schanz.

Grade four through five winner, Jayvin Saint Louis, Spruce Mountain Elementary School

Kindergarten through first grade winner, Lylah Shanz, Stratton School

Honorable Mention, Kenzi Jo Richards, Spruce Mountain Elementary School

Honorable mention, Noah Koenig, Stratton School

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