HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne High School student donors had something special to celebrate as they rolled up their sleeves for the first blood drive of the new school year. The Warriors are the top-ranked high school blood drive sponsor in Community Blood Center’s 15-county region, and on Monday, Sept. 26 they received a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant award for “Most Donors” in 2015-2016.
Last year 118 high schools hosted 226 blood drives with 14,655 registrations to donate. Wayne led the way with three blood drives and 472 donors, including 166 first-time donors and 355 donations. Wayne’s first victory in the “Most Donors” category comes after two runner-up finishes and a third place finish last year.
“It shows how our students give blood and think about helping someone else and not just themselves,” said Wayne High School Principal Jeff Berk. “It’s only a continuation of what they do year after year, helping with blood donations and supporting the community.”
The Warriors demonstrated their continued commitment by registering 136 donors for Monday’s first blood drive of the school year, including 55 first-time donors and 99 donations.
The WHS National Honor Society Blood serves as the student volunteer sponsor group for Wayne’s three blood drives. NHS co-advisors and blood drive coordinators Jennifer Conti and Leslie Perry gave credit to the NHS volunteers and to school secretary Pamela Byrd for her announcements and reminders.
“We just show up and Mrs. Byrd has done everything,” said Jennifer. “It’s a well-oiled machine and everybody knows their part.”
“I make sure they sign up,” said Pamela. “They know the importance of giving blood and the value of it.”
Junior Samantha Horning said she made her first donation last year soon after turning 16 because, “I wanted to help people.” She was back to donate again at Monday’s blood drive.
“I’m impressed,” said senior Travis Colton, who made his third lifetime donation Monday. “We look at Centerville as our big rival in everything. To have done this, and they’re nowhere near us, that’s something.”
“It’s good that a lot of kids want to donate blood and help people,” said junior Joshua Chesser as he waited to make his third lifetime donation. “It shows their character and their humbleness. I feel it’s the right thing to do. I’m perfectly fine. If someone is need, why shouldn’t I help them?”
CBC annually awards five High School Leadership grants. Seton Catholic High School in Richmond won “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” participating in school blood drives and the Butler Tech Bioscience Center in Hamilton was the runner-up.
The Warren County Career Center in Lebanon earned a grant for “Most Improved” and Fairmont High School in Kettering was honored for “Red Cord Excellence” with the highest number of student donors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program.
Wayne will again host three blood drives this academic year with the next drives schedule for Jan. 13, 2017 and May 1, 2017.