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MassDOT announce High School Video Contest to promote “Safe Streets. Smart Trips.” Initiative

MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey announced a statewide high school video contest to promote the Safe Streets. Smart Trips. initiative at an event on Thursday, May 15h at Somerville High School. The initiative is a multiagency and multidisciplinary effort within the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, and part of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard Davey announces "Safe Streets. Smart Trips." Video Contest
MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard Davey announces “Safe Streets. Smart Trips.” Video Contest on Thursday, May 15.

The video contest is open to all high school students across the Commonwealth. Contest rules and guidelines will be sent to high school principals and can also be found here.  A grand prize and runner-up winner will be chosen in October, 2014 and their contributions will be premiered at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together. The grand prize winner will receive an iPad, a $300 cash prize, and a prize packet of sponsor prizes, while the runner-up winner will receive an iPad and a prize packet of sponsor prizes.

The contest is designed to raise awareness of each traveler’s behavior within the transportation system. In order to prevent accidents on our roadways, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians must exercise care and caution for one another. The contest will also draw on the benefits of healthy and active transportation options.

For more information about the 2014 Moving Together healthy transportation conference, please visit this link.

Creating Tomorrow’s Workforce at Somerville High’s Career and Technical Education Program

Somerville High's Career and Technical Education program trains a new generation of students for real-world success. Image via City of Somerville.
Somerville High’s Career and Technical Education program trains a new generation of students for real-world success. Image via City of Somerville.

This past weekend, I had the chance to meet a young man named Edwin. He’s a student at Somerville High School, where he’s earned membership in the National Honor Society, a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, and Vocational Student of the Year honors in SHS’s Career and Technical Education program. Edwin was my guide on a Saturday morning tour of his school, and I was impressed by what I saw. We took a look at SHS’s carpentry and welding shops where students receive the wisdom of the working trades, the kitchens where Culinary Arts students create sumptuous cuisine, the Health Careers and Child Development departments where the next generation of doctors, nurses, and child care professionals learn their craft. Along the way, Edwin’s poise and soft-spoken optimism showed me the best of what vocational education has to offer. When Edwin graduates from SHS, he’ll not only have real-world skills that will allow him to stake out a future on his own terms, but he’ll also enjoy a self-confidence born of hands-on experience.

I’d like to say thank you to Edwin (and good luck with your plan to earn two degrees!) and to the whole team at SHS-CTE. You’ve inspired me to dust off my old tool box, and you continue to prove that the partnership of parents, teachers, and students is unstoppable.

Good Luck to the Somerville High School Trivia Team!

Fans came out to support Somerville High's run in last year's High School Quiz Show, and I know we can do it again this year! Image via WGBH/Somerville Patch.
Fans came out to support Somerville High’s run in last year’s High School Quiz Show, and I know we can do it again this year! Image via WGBH/Somerville Patch.

Tomorrow, a group of Somerville High students will square off against a group of students from Lincoln-Sudbury on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show. Somerville’s team features a strong mix of both proven veterans and up-and-coming rookies, and unlike the Patriots, no one on the Somerville High Trivia Team is expected to run into a referee during this weekend’s competition.

Only the top 16 public school teams in the state compete on High School Quiz Show, so it’s fair to say that these students are already champions. Of course, these students are smart enough to know that “you’re already champions” is just something adults say: there can be only one, and Somerville’s team is brainy, quick on the buzzer, and hungry. Go get ’em, Somerville High Trivia Team, and if they change the rules to allow a lifeline, please feel free to call me.

The matchup against Lincoln-Sudbury begins at 2:45pm tomorrow and will be broadcast on March 3. You can attend the taping and support Somerville High from the audience by registering here.