Eden McCall wins high school safety video contest
Twenty teams of high school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, music, humor, and captivating characters to bolster awareness about workplace safety – all with the central message, “Speak up. Work safe.” The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.
The Winners were:
1. “The Silent Condition” – Eden McCall, Sprague High School, Salem
2. “Safety Joe” – Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis
3. “Memories” – Summit High School, Bend
3. “Welcome to Recyc Corp” – Parkrose High School, Portland
Eden won $50 in Amazon gift cards for being selected a finalist. At an event at Northern Lights Theater on Saturday, April 28th, her video (along with the other finalists) was shown on the big screen. She was then interviewed about her inspiration of the video. After all videos has been shown, they awarded the prizes. She was awarded First Place and given a check for $500. Most of the videos were created by large teams, it was even more impressive that she created this video completely on her own.
The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, tasked students with creating a 90- second or less video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. Participants were encouraged to get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves – and their co-workers – from getting hurt on the job. The videos were judged on originality, youth appeal, overall production quality, and effective use of the “Speak up. Work safe” message.