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Teams of Massachusetts high school students and their media teachers received awards on March 16, 2017 for their creative YouTube™ videos as part of the 9th annual statewide YouTube Burn Awareness Video Contest. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey was joined by contest co-sponsors Ron Meehan from the Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) and Capt. Rick Tustin, president of the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE). The ceremony was held today at the Shriners Hospital for Children® — Boston. Read the full 2016-17 YouTube Contest press release.

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Winning Videos
This is the ninth year of the contest and 28 teams from eight high schools in Ayer-Shirley, Braintree, Masconomet Regional, Melrose, Maynard, Methuen, Millis, and Worcester submitted entries. While all of the videos were creative and interesting, the first place winning team was from Millis High School for their original score video The Extinguisher Superhero; the second place winners were from Masconomet Regional High School for their visual story video The Chirp; and the third place winners were from Millis High School for their rhythmic video The Fire Safety Squad Rap. The winning videos can be seen on the Department of Fire Services YouTube™ channel at www.youtube.com/DFSOSFM.

Honorable Mentions
Three teams from Melrose and Millis High Schools received honorable mention for their entries.

About the Contest
The contest is open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts’ schools and submissions have to be from school-sponsored communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors are required to review and approve all storyboards before filming started. Videos are required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrating risky or unsafe behavior, and to be both educational and informative. This contest addresses learning standard components (Gr.9-10) SL.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, (Gr. 11-12) SL.11-12.5, and W.11-12.6 of the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. School districts offering communications classes, which include the design and creation of media productions, are encouraged to promote this contest through an independent or group assignment as part of its curriculum delivery. Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric. pdf format of Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric.

Information for High School Teachers
High school communications teachers should know that the contest addresses the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. Fire educators hope that students will engage in discovery learning using their own medium to understand the dangerous, life-long consequences of the misuse of fire to combat all the incorrect and incomplete information that exists on the Internet about fire and burns. Fire educators are encouraged to talk to their high schools about this contest.