South Putnam grad Miriah Cherry wins national safety video competition

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Drawing inspiration from a farm tragedy when she was in high school, South Putnam graduate and Indiana State senior Miriah Cherry recently won a national competition for best safety video.
Courtesy photo/MIRIAH CHERRY

It’s literally safety first for Indiana State University senior safety management major Miriah Cherry of Greencastle.

The 21-year-old South Putnam High School graduate has captured first place in a national competition for creating the best safety video, ISU officials announced Wednesday.

In her video, Cherry says one of the main reasons she choose safety management as an area of study was the tragic loss of a close friend through a fatal farm accident when she was just 17.

Miriah Cherry

“I chose safety because I wanted to be an educator and an advocate for all things safety,” Cherry says in the video.

“Safety is more than just a technicality,” she asserts. “It’s more about making sure your employees know that you care about them and you’re passionate about what you’re doing.”

The environmental side of safety particularly strikes her interest, Cherry said, noting that several family members are involved in the agricultural industry with its large equipment and inherent safety dangers.

“My passion is in agriculture and I would like to move toward working with heavy machinery and agriculturalists,” she added on the award-winning video that has been uploaded to YouTube.

“With my community based in an agricultural environment,” Cherry said, “it became important to me to educate my community members about agricultural safety as well as farm equipment safety. After losing one of my friends (Riley Sutherlin) to a fatal farm accident, it became one of my passions to never let that happen again.”

Although describing her reasoning behind her passion for safety as “an unfortunate one,” Cherry said it motivates her daily her knowing that she’s helping prevent other families “from going through the exact same thing that the Sutherlins did.”

The daughter of Mike Cherry, Miriah is a former co-winner of the Spirit of the Putnam County Fair Award and 2015 first runner-up Miss Putnam County Fair.

The national contest the 2014 SPHS graduate won began when the Board of Certified Safety Professionals invited students from the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Programs (QAP) to share why they value safety, aim to achieve Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification and wish to inspire others to #ChooseSafety as part of a video competition.

The top three videos, as well as honorable mentions, are available on Board of Certified Safety Professionals’ YouTube channel and will be released on other BCSP social media as part of the #ChooseSafety campaign.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals, headquartered in Indianapolis, is a not-for-profit corporation recognized as a leader in high-quality, accredited credentialing for safety, health and environmental practitioners.

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