GENEVA — Geneva High School is giving its students and the community a chance to make a difference by giving blood today. Every two seconds, someone in America needs a blood transfusion, and just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Geneva High School’s blood drives have earned it second place out of the high schools in northern Ohio for donations. This year, adviser Jessica George hopes to finally beat Sandusky High School, which has been number one for the past 10 years.
“Every pint helps. Anyone from the community who would like to come in is welcome,” George said.
In addition to saving lives, more pints of blood donated means more scholarship money for seniors who have either given blood or volunteered at the drives.
The blood drive will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Donors from the community need to enter at the main office to sign in, and they will be directed to the bloodmobile. There will also be another opportunity to donate at the drive on July 21.
In addition to participating in charitable causes, Geneva students also excel in critical reading, math and writing skills. Juniors Grace Lillie and Michaela Parker achieved scores of 228 and 219, respectively, on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Corp. Lillie and Parker have achieved semi-finalist standing by surpassing Ohio’s minimum score of 215 out 240, and are in the running to become National Merit finalists, which would earn them a $2,500 scholarship.
Eagle Pride Personified, a program to honor distinguished graduates, educators and friends of Geneva Area City Schools, is coming soon. Nomination forms may be submitted by any interested person and a 13-person committee made up of individuals from GACS, the music boosters, academic boosters, athletic boosters and the community will select members with a majority vote.
Committee members include Tonia Varckette, Rick Arndt, Jan Perala, Tiffanee Seames, Cathy Brashear, Kristi Blood, Ellen Cumpston, Mary Zappitelli, Mary Ann Wilms, Douglas Wetherholt, Widd Raymond, Ed Brashear and Phil Schmidt. Photos and biographical information about the recipients will be shared on the website, which is in its planning stages. When the website goes live, it will be accessible through the GACS home page.