HUBER HEIGHTS – There’s really nothing little about the spacious “little gym” at Wayne High School, where the National Honor Society hosts three Community Blood Center blood drives a year. It’s always “go big or go home” at Wayne and that was again true Monday, May 9 as students gave big support to the final blood drive of the school year.
“We got a lot of people!” said National Honor Society (NHS) community service liaison Jenna Musleh, as she contributed her third lifetime donation. Monday’s blood drive had 149 donors, including 39 first-time donors and 111 donations for 97 percent of the collection goal. It boosted Wayne’s totals for the 2015-2016 school year to 473 donors, 167 first-time donors, and 355 donations for an average of 98 percent of goal.
With 473 donors Wayne has bettered last year’s total of 461, which was the third highest number of donors among the 118 high schools hosting CBC blood drives. Wayne also ranked second last year in number of seniors who qualified for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program by registering to donate at least three times during their high school years. Wayne will have 70 Red Cord graduates this year.
“My seniors are getting ready,” said NHS advisor and blood drive coordinator Jen Conti. “They’ve been training my seniors for next year. Everybody is already pretty good at this point. They know what to do!”
That experience means plenty of NHS volunteers who know their way around the check-in desk and the Donor Café. The volunteers also sign up to bring extra drinks, sandwiches and snacks. “Lots of different drinks – and chips!” said volunteers Emily Weldon and Shenell Parker as they filled paper plates.
Recruiting donors is usually the biggest challenge for blood drive sponsor groups, but Jen Conti says that comes easy at Wayne. She gives credit to front office secretary Pamela Byrd. “Ms. Byrd does her announcement and says, ‘the blood drive’s on!’ and when to donate, and where to sign up.”
As students waited their turn to donate, a CBC staff member called out Sterling Newsome’s name and he quickly shouted back, “I am so ready!” Sterling is a junior who has donated at every Wayne blood drive since becoming eligible at age 16. On Monday he made his 6th lifetime donation. “It’s a good thing to do,” he explained. “It’s helping people out and saving lives.”
That’s a message heard loud and clear by sophomore Amber Sturgill, who made her first lifetime donation at the Monday blood drive. “I just turned 16 last month,” she said. “I just wanted to be helpful, and to save people’s lives.”
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