Students honored for safety film effort

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Salem Academy students Austin Coburn and Jonah Netland won a $400 award for their school for directing and acting in a safety video. (Submitted photo)

Two Salem Academy High School students took home second place statewide honors and a $400 prize Saturday April 14 for creating a winning “Save a Friend, Work Safe” public service announcement aimed to help prevent young worker injuries and fatalities and increase safety awareness.

Junior Austin Coburn of Keizer created, filmed, and edited the video The Safety Police in which he and Jonah Netland acted.

The awards were presented at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem and the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O [yes]), a charitable organization with a wide range of public and private partners, with the goal of keeping Oregon young workers safe sponsored the contest.

The high schools associated with the first, second, and third place contest winners receive a matching prize. Salem Academy teacher Randy Carruthers has plans for his video production class to build their own video camera dolly with a portion of the prize money.

Check out the video below.

View the rest of the videos here.

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