Nauset High wins Honorable Mention in state YouTube Burn AwarenessVideo Contest

Teacher: Katie McCully
Students: Rebecca Kniuriem, Kyleigh Shelley, Julia Boland, Jenny Clark, Sam Cipro

EASTHAM – Teams of Massachusetts high school students and their media teachers received awards today for their creative YouTube™ videos as part of the 10th 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), Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts and Peabody Lt. Christopher Dowling, president of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts. The ceremony was held today at the Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Boston.

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “On July 14, 2017 a 13-year old California boy vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard was injured when someone threw a can of bug spray into a camp fire and it exploded. The teenager received severe burns to 20% of his body surface area. This underscores the continued need for this contest as a way to teach young people about fire safety and risk taking.”

Eileen Skinner, administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children®  — Boston, lauded the students for their work on creating burn awareness and prevention messages, stating, “Burns are among the most devastating injuries a person can incur and education is the key to prevention. The YouTube™ video contest complements our mission at the Boston Shriners Hospital by getting the word out about ways to minimize burn injuries at home, school and in the community. We are honored to host the awards ceremony each year and celebrate the creativity of our Massachusetts high school students.”

MA-RI FAIR Plan Grand Prize Sponsor

Ron Meehan, of the Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association, also known as the FAIR Plan, said, “Supporting this contest fits with our mission of reducing fires in the Commonwealth and the damage they do to life, property and communities.” The FAIR Plan presented the grand prize of a digital video camera to the winning team’s school.

Teens Talking to Teens
“The goal of the contest is to counteract the inaccurate and dangerous information of so many YouTube™ videos by allowing teens to explore what they really need to know about fires and burns using the media of today – video – without getting hurt,” said Capt. Rick Tustin, president of MaSAFE. MaSAFE presented gift certificates from Best Buy™ to the winning teams. The first place team shared $200 in gifts cards; the second place team shared $100 in gift cards, and the third place team shared $50 in gift cards.

Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury, representing the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, said, “Today’s youth have so much to teach us and the way they learn collaboratively with each other is amazing. Yet there are some lessons we don’t want young people to learn the hard way, and the students and teachers who participated in this project help students learn those lessons the easy way.”

Winning Videos

This is the tenth year of the contest and 28 teams from nine high schools in Ayer-Shirley, Braintree, Global Learning Charter Public School (New Bedford), Lynn Classical, Masconomet Regional, Maynard, Millis, Nauset Regional, Northbridge and Silver Lake Regional submitted entries. While all of the videos were creative and interesting, the first-place winning team was from Masconomet Regional High School for their video Happy Birthday Leigh; the second-place winners were also from Masconomet Regional High School for their teachable moment story Let’s Learn About Fire Safety; and the third place winners were from Ayer-Shirley Regional High School for their dreamy video The Sleepover. The winning videos can be seen on the Department of Fire Services’ YouTube channel at

Honorable Mentions

Three teams from Lynn Classical, Maynard and Nauset Regional High Schools received honorable mention for their entries.

Burn Awareness Video Contest

The contest was open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts schools and submissions had to be from school-sponsored communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors were required to review and approve all storyboards before filming started. Videos were required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrate 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, were encouraged to promote this contest through an independent or group assignment as part of its curriculum delivery.


The judges included Ron Meehan and Michael Bonina, representing the Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association; Capt. Rick Tustin, president of MaSAFE; Jeanne McCue, public relations and marketing specialist for Shriners Hospitals for Children —  Boston; Barry Ouellette, a videographer with Ouellette Productions; and Julie Bergeron and Jennifer Mieth, Department of Fire Services.
Media release and photos furnished by Mass Department of Fire Services
737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Contact Us | Advertise Terms of Use 
Employment and EEO | Privacy