Alida Dufrene, a 17-year-old senior at Hahnville High School, recently learned that she won second place in South Central Regional Safety Coalition’s Thrive to Survive the Drive Contest.
“I was in the middle of work when I found out and I started screaming,” Dufrene said. “I was so excited to win another film contest. I was literally jumping up and down telling everyone.”
The state-wide competition that Dufrene just clenched challenged middle and high school students from across the state to create original videos focused on safe driving. The video she created, which also stars her friend Kirstyn Dufrene, took second place in the high school category and won her $500.
Earlier this year Dufrene learned that a short film she and other local students created and entered into the Film Prize Junior competition, the South’s largest student film festival, won that contest.
Dufrene said she plans to major in film and television broadcasting when she enters college. She said her experiences with St. Charles Parish Public Schools have helped to cultivate her interest in film.
“We have something we’re privileged to have with the Satellite Center and the Lafon Performing Arts Center,” she said.
Dufrene is the co-captain of HHS’ cheer team and is also involved with Interact, student council and the National Beta Club Society at the school.