After hoisting their new trophy for the benefit of a photo Tuesday, a group of medically minded students explained the real victory.
Harker Heights High School won the Scott & White Blood Center’s annual “blood wars” campaign, collecting the most units of blood among the four Killeen Independent School District high schools.
Winning the big trophy is great, but the officers of the Harker Heights Health Occupations Students of America chapter said the accumulated number is most important.
During two days of blood drives on the Harker Heights campus, students and staff donated 113 units of blood.
Totals at the other schools were similar — 105 units at Killeen High School, 101 units at Ellison High School and 97 units at Shoemaker High School.
Harker Heights HOSA president Marlee Anglin said “we want to help as many people as possible.”
The close numbers “mean everyone is helping,” said Naythan Ledoux, chairman of fundraising for HOSA. “That is the best part.”
Students said they made and distributed fliers, hung posters and promoted the blood drive online. They worked during their lunch periods the two days of the drives and promoted the cause to their friends.
“It’s good to see it,” said Jacquelynn Anderson, HOSA vice president. “It’s good to see all the high schools get involved.” Together, the high schools donated 416 units of blood.
Keri Ray, health sciences teacher and HOSA sponsor at Harker Heights, said her small group of students accomplished a lot.
“It’s a small group, but our officers are tight. It shows their character,” she said. “They realize you can’t make blood. It has to be donated. They know blood makes a life or death difference.”