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St. Helens High School students win statewide safety video contest

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April 26, 2014
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Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

Beaverton, Salem teams also earn prizes

Salem, OR — Five students from St. Helens High School took home first-place honors and $500 for their video "Flashbacks," which promotes young worker safety and health. The video, created by Michael Norris, Shawn Vielmetti, Colton Sundell, David Bair, and Hunter Ogle, tells the story of a supervisor remembering safety mistakes in his past. St. Helens High School also won a matching amount of prize money.

"We want other kids to work safe in a dangerous environment, even if it means speaking up," said David Bair, a junior on the first place team.

The other winners are as follows:

Second place ($400):
Isaac O'Farrell, Nathan Parrott, Conner Mann, Nicholas Hayes
Southridge High School, Beaverton
"Safety Is the Last Thing On My Mind"

Third place ($300):
Sophia Patterson, John Patterson
South Salem High School, Salem

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards Saturday 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 were asked to create 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]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University, the SHARP Alliance, Liberty Mutual, the Central Oregon Safety and Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, Hoffman Construction, and the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce.

Follow the contest conversation on social media with the tag #Oyesvideo.



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