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June 2013

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Salem Academy students win statewide safety video contest

Two students from Salem Academy in Salem wrote and sang original music and danced their way through a 90-second video to win first place in the O[yes] "Speak Up . Work Safe." contest. Austin Coburn and Vinny Gasbarro won $500 and a matching amount of prize money for their school.

"Safety is a serious topic but there are fun ways to go about it – whether it's comedy, music, or both," said Coburn, a senior. "The video gets the message out, but music is what keeps it in your head."

Coburn took second-place honors in last year’s contest with his video "Safety Police."

Second place ($400) went to Milce Delgado Lopez and Daisy Abundez of Springfield High School for their video, "You Don’t Know What You’re Doing and that Could Kill You."

Third place($300) was awarded to a video class at Parkrose High School in Portland for "Speak Up. Work Safe." Eight students from St. Helens High School were given the Students’ Choice award ($200) for their video "You Good?"

The creators of the top videos received their awards April 27 during a special screening at the Northern Lights Theatre in Salem. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety for young workers, with the theme of "Speak Up. Work Safe." Students created a video with a teen job safety and health message and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message. All of the winning videos, as well as the other finalists, are available for viewing at

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organized the contest. Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), Liberty Northwest, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the Labor Education and Research Center, SHARP Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, and SafeBuild Alliance sponsor the contest.

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