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Telecom students move on to SkillsUSA state event

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Telecom students review their OSHA scrapbook at the SkillsUSA District 4 Leadership and Skills Conference.
Carl Daniels, Jr. photo

Three Telecom students who competed at the SkillsUSA District 4 Leadership and Skills Conference on February 27 are headed to the state competition this month.

Michael McClellan, Jerrl Bailey, and Seth Hursey (alternate) competed in the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Rules Scrapbook division and came out on top. Their work earned them first place and now they will compete at the state SkillsUSA competition April 12-13 in Virginia Beach.

The OSHA Rules Scrapbook is a package of the students' research in their occupational area (Television/Video Production) pertaining to health and safety.

The scrapbook must contain a title page, table of contents, calendar of events, introduction, minutes of meetings, and four health and/or safety projects.

The projects are chosen from these five categories: Shop/Laboratory Health and Safety Survey, Machine and Equipment Safety, Workplace Inspection, Specialized Health and Safety Project, and Other Industrial or Occupational Health and Safety Project.

The competitors also had to create a one-page résumé and be interviewed by a panel of judges.

Of course, being Telecom students, they created a video as part of their package.

NNPS- TV Broadcast Engineer Greg Lesko was a great resource for the students. He discussed safety rules and precautions used in the TV production truck, and assisted them with their projects (for example, conducting a safety survey). Guidance also came from Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr.

The three students are all first-year Telecom students. McClellan and Hursey are 11th-graders at Woodside High, while Bailey is a junior at Warwick.

If their work wins the state competition, they will move on to the national competition in June.