Maine CDC Press Release

June 13, 2017

Be Tick Smart: Maine CDC Names the Winners of the 2017 Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the 8th 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 and is viewable on the Maine CDC's website (www.maine.gov/lyme). Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass, a certificate, and tick removal kits for their entire classroom.

Congratulations to the poster contest winners:
• Lylah Shanz, 1st grade, Stratton School
• Allison Hanscom, 3rd grade, Miles Lane School
• Jayvin Saint Louis, 4/5 grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School
• Emily Seavey, 6th grade, Lyman Middle School

"With so many impressive submissions this year, we had a hard time choosing our winners. For the first time, we decided to recognize two honorable mention posters that we felt deserved to be highlighted," said Maine CDC State Epidemiologist, Dr. Siiri Bennett.

2017 Honorable mentions:
• Kenzi Jo Richards, 4/5 grade, Spruce Mountain Elementary School
• Noah Koenig, 7th grade, Stratton School

Each school was limited to three submissions per grade—making each poster worthy of recognition. To honor these students and their contributions to Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the state has provided a list of each student who participated in the contest. Those names are available online: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/month/index.shtml.

The Maine CDC sponsored a number of activities throughout the month of May to promote Lyme Disease Awareness Month and plans to continue these efforts throughout the season. Registration for the 2017 "Tick-Free ME" challenge opened this month. The challenge runs through July, during which participants perform tick checks and monitor their use of repellents, protective clothing, and outdoor maintenance in an effort to promote improved tick prevention methods. Adults who are 45 years old and older are eligible to participate. Registration for the challenge is available at www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/tickfree/.

With the help of our poster contest participants and other Lyme Disease Awareness Month partners, Maine CDC successfully raised awareness of tick-borne diseases and encouraged prevention to help Mainers be "Tick Smart."

• Maine Lyme disease data including town level data are available at www.maine.gov/lyme using the left hand navigation menu to select "Maine Tracking Network: Lyme disease"
• Check out our tick-related videos on Maine CDC's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/MainePublicHealth
• If you are an educator please check out our tick and mosquito curriculum: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/school-curriculum/index.shtml