Franklin Regional senior earns scholarship with texting-while-driving PSA
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.