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Franklin Regional senior earns scholarship with texting-while-driving PSA

Patrick Varine
| Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

Warning others of the dangers of texting while driving will help put Natalie Drnjevich through nursing school.

Drnjevich, a senior at Franklin Regional, earned a $2,500 and took third place in the Edgar Snyder & Associates' 12th annual “ Words to be Heard ” contest, which asks local seniors to create a presentation discouraging peers from dangerous driving behavior.

Drnjevich said her sister, who operates her own YouTube channel, inspired her to create a “vlogger”-style video, one that tackled the dangers of distracted driving.

Drnjevich said she was interested in the contest because it allowed her to use her creativity and a familiar storytelling platform: video.

“It only takes a few seconds to cause an accident,” she said. “Anyone can be responsible.”

Other scholarship recipients included first-place ($10,000) winner Bridge Shelestak from Fox Chapel High School, and second-place ($5,000) winner Madeline McNamara from Clarion High School.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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