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What person or place in Lewiston-Auburn inspires you? How might you translate this into a bedspread design, in the tradition of the famous Bates Mill bedspreads? More than 200 third graders in Lewiston pondered these questions and submitted their creations to the Museum L-A Bedspread Design contest. Winners were chosen by a committee of the Museum staff and board members.

First place winner was Sydney Hill of Martel School, who chose Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica as her inspiration. A tie for second place went to Hayden Bavis of Montello School, who chose Thorncrag Sanctuary as his theme, and to Mickayla Friel, of Montello School, who was inspired by the Bates Mill. Third place went to Megan St. Cyr, of Martel School who designed her bedspread to reflect the importance of St. Mary's Hospital.

All four of the designs have been printed as gift cards, with the caption "L-A Inspires ME" and are for sale in the Museum L-A gift shop. The winners received a certificate and a children's craft loom.

Entries in the contest were so creative and thoughtful that a future design contest will be included in the newly-opened exhibit, Portraits & Voices: Shoemaking: Skills of Generations.

Museum L-A would like to thank all the students who worked so creatively and all the teachers who provided time and encouragement for their classes' submissions.