ShareThis Page

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, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me