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Reynolds High junior promotes TriMet safety through film

Nick Pelster named first runner-up in a youth video contest


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SARAH FOECKLER - Reynolds High School junior Nick Pelster combined his love of videography and skateboarding for a recent TriMet safety video contest. As a skateboarder and frequent MAX rider, Pelster was well aware how important it was to be conscious of his surroundings when taking public transit.

An aspiring videographer from Reynolds High School has a new accolade to add to his résumé.

Nick Pelster, an incoming junior at Reynolds, recently was named first runner-up in a TriMet safety video contest for youths age 14-18. As a prize, he received two $100 certificates for Ticketmaster and Regal Cinemas.

A skateboarder and frequent MAX rider, Pelster knows well how important it is to pay attention around trains and buses.

“A lot of kids end up messing around by the MAX, not realizing they could die if they got too close,” Pelster said.

Pelster entered the contest at the encouragement of his photography instructor, Alice Hutchinson.

The one-minute safety video starred Pelster’s brother, Anthony, and his friends, Nick McCoy and Sarah Ming, all incoming Reynolds freshmen.

Pelster and his friends host a Youtube show, “Goon Episodes,” that features crazy stunts and funny skits around Troutdale.

Pelster said he dreams of attending film school someday.

This was the first year of the safety video contest; nine students from nine high schools entered. TriMet will provide the videos to all schools in the Portland-metro area, with other free safety education materials.

Along with being used for TriMet, Pelster’s video will help the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority by showing TriMet’s pedestrian warning device and crossing safety devices at the Civic Drive platform in Gresham. The Boston agency is considering using these devices.

To see Pelster’s video, visit vimeo.com/64761091.



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