Maine CDC Press Release

June 28, 2019

Maine CDC Congratulates Winners of the 2019 Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention congratulates the winners of the 2019 Lyme Disease Awareness Month poster contest. Maine students (K-5th 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.
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.

Congratulations to the poster contest winners:

  • Addie Knieser, 1st grade, Stratton School
  • Alaina Kachnovich, 3rd grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School
  • Natasha McDonald, 4th grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School

Congratulations to our honorable mention awardee:

  • Patrick Libby, 3rd grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School

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

With the help of our poster contest participants as well as our other Lyme Disease Awareness Month partners, in May Maine CDC raised awareness of tickborne diseases and promoted our theme of "Tick Aware and Tick Alert."