At the end of each school year, Houchin Community Blood Bank hosts an elegant luncheon to recognize high schools contributing the most blood. This year the theme of the High School Appreciation Luncheon on May 15th was “Leading The Way”.
The schools in our High School Challenge are divided into four categories: Petite, Small, Medium and Large, based on their senior class size. The Petite school winner was Immanuel Christian High School which collected an average of 35 units with a class size of 8. Small school winner was Frazier Mountain High School with 121% of their class size participating, collecting a total of 61 units. The Medium school winner was North High School which collected 406 units or 122% of their class size. Our Large school winner was West High School collecting 99% of their class size with a total of 508 units.
This year a new award was unveiled at the luncheon sponsored by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. This “Extra Mile Award”. This was presented to Liberty High School, for bringing in 115 donors into our donor centers. Stockdale High School was recognized for bringing in the most units during the crucial months of Summer. 94 donors came into either donor center crediting Stockdale High. In all, high schools came together to hold 53 blood drives,and collecting 6,617 units of blood, which was an increase of 570 units over last school year. These donations possibly saved as many 19,851 lives. High school blood drives represent over 20% of our total blood supply. More photos are available in our Facebook Photo Album.
Each participating school, received a “Leading the Way” award plus a signature Houchin Community Blood Bank license plate frame featuring the number of gallons of blood each school has collected in total during their years of participation. The Houchin Ambassadors in each school, who organize the drives to gain leadership experience and community service, were recognized for their hard work, as were the principals and advisors who make the program so successful. Brian Serrano, a senior from Golden Valley High School was one of the speakers as was Gaby Rios, a junior from Arvin High School who also served as a Houchin high school ambassador. They both received a $250.00 scholarship, sponsored by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.
Other award presentations were made to community volunteers who assist with the high school mobiles and local businesses who support the high school program including: Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Yogurtland, McDonald’s, Rusty’s Pizza, Wall Street Imprintables, Sonic Drive In and Tutti Frutti Yogurt @ Hageman.
It was announced that the Gallon Grad Club, welcomed in 145 students,who met this challenge by donating 8 times to reach the one gallon mark. Each received their own one gallon license plate frame, a custom blood type key chain, and a letter of recognition from our President and CEO, Greg Gallion, at the time their achievement was reached.