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Telecom team makes 'Every 15 Minutes' video

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Telecom students video-record the arrival of the Life Evac helicopter.
Joshua Stuck photos

Telecom students and staff worked on "Every 15 Minutes" again this year, recording footage and creating a video capturing the message of the national program that warns of the dangers of driving while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

As prom season approaches each year, Telecom students participate in the event, which this year took place at Woodside High School April 11-12.

recording the action to produce a video to be shown at the school assembly the next morning.

Students work as camera operators and TV reporters.

"Every 15 Minutes" takes place at numerous locations: the school, the hospital, the court house, and the jail. The video allows everyone to see what transpired at the other sites. It also provides interviews with the victims and the victims' parents recorded prior to the accident.

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Telecom student Joshua Stuck reports from the scene in this screen capture from the final video.

"Every 15 Minutes" is a mock fatal car accident involving students. High school students participate in and view the drama as it unfolds: Police and Fire personnel arrive on the crash scene, the "Jaws of Life" cut into a car, the Grim Reaper stands nearby, a medevac helicopter lands nearby, a driver is arrested, bodies are covered, victims are taken away by ambulance and hearse.

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Telecom student Ryan Mullen gets a bird's-eye view from the fire truck tower ladder.

The sobering event is presented in time to inform and warn students prior to prom and graduation. It is organized locally by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and it entails the coordination of police, fire, air ambulance, school, hospital, funeral home, and court personnel.

According to the "Every 15 Minutes" website, the event is "designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. [The] powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved."

The student camera crew participating in the shoot was the "Telecom Triumvirate" of Ryan Mullen, Tyson Odette, and Derick Miracle, all seniors at Woodside High who often work together on video projects.

Mullen was able to go up in the fire department's tower ladder to shoot video from that vantage point.

Telecom student Derick Miracle gets video footage of the accident scene.

Joshua Stuck, a junior at Denbigh High, was the on-camera reporter, the first-ever male reporter for Telecom at "Every 15 Minutes."

Price and Telecom Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. video-recorded student and parent interviews ahead of time at the homes of the "victims" and parents.

Daniels recorded three of those interviews and also the "notification" by police to the parents of the victims at the parent's business.

Another scene has the parents identifying the child/victim in the morgue. This scene was shot by the Telecom students during the event.

Daniels additionally served as Editor, a job that requires a willingness to work overnight, as the footage must be edited together with music and graphics, then converted and put on DVD in order to be at the school by 7:30 a.m. for the assembly.

Besides being shown at the assembly, the video is also posted online on the Telecom student channel.

The Telecom team works together on this shocking and emotional event, which provides a lot of learning opportunities for all the students involved.