Tri-County students win first place, honorable mention in youth poster contest

Tri-County students win first place, honorable mention in youth poster contest

Two students in the Graphic Communications Program at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School received a first place prize and an honorable mention in the 2015 Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest hosted by the Massachusetts Youth Employment and Safety Team and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, nearly 450 teens go to the emergency department for work-related injuries each year. The goal of the annual poster contest is to raise awareness among teens about the importance of safety in the workplace.

“Our students took this contest very seriously, safety is a great concern for all students and teachers in a shop setting,” said Graphic Communications instructor Linda Thompson.

A group of youth judges selected the winning posters from 119 total entries. Finalists received a Certificate of Recognition from the Office of the Attorney General and the top three winners received cash prizes funded by Commonwealth Corporation.

Tri-County junior Cori Farrow, of North Attleboro, came in first place and received a $500 prize. Farrow is the first Tri-County student to win first place in this contest.

Farrow’s design emphasized that teens should be as familiar with workplace safety as they are with social media. Her poster is featured on the Department of Public Health’s website and will be placed on the MBTA.

“Cori created a design and took the concept of safety with a message that would appeal to all teens using a social media theme. The judges recognized that her message was clear and concise,” said Thompson.
Senior Sara Scholl, of Walpole, was named an honorable mention for her design. Her poster is also featured on the Department of Public Health’s website.

Both students attended an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, March 12, alongside their instructors, Linda Thompson and Fran Williams.

Workplace safety is an important subject addressed at Tri-County through the OSHA Outreach Training Program. All students at Tri-County are required to be certified by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). The OSHA Outreach Training Program allows vocational and technical students to become educated in the basics of occupational safety and health standards before they enter the workforce.