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Reidiny Aguirre holding "American High School Poets" book
Lesley Avila

Kofa High School senior Reidiny Aguirre’s poem was recently published in “American High School Poets,” a book of poetry written by high school students.

The book was released on April 18, 2024.

Aguirre submitted her poem, entitled “A Rose’s Thorns,” as part of a poetry scholarship contest. Although she did not receive the scholarship, she was still chosen to be published in the book. 

“It means everything to have my work published,” Aguirre said. “It’s validating and it’s proof that someone actually liked my writing so much that they decided to publish it.” 

Aguirre began writing poetry when she was in middle school and has since explored different types of writing and uses it to express herself. 

“Reidiny has always been a student who emanates creativity,” Kofa Photography Teacher Adrienne Comstock said. “I am not shocked that Reidiny has become a published poet, and I am proud that she has received such spectacular recognition for expressing herself so eloquently.”

Aguirre’s published poem was inspired by her life and someone that she met who changed everything for her. “American High School Poets, Spring 2024” can be purchased on Amazon. 

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Kofa JSA Members
Lesley Avila

The Kofa High School Junior State of America (JSA) was named Chapter of the Year for their region out of more than 100 schools. 

The JSA students at Kofa submitted a video showcasing the fun and interactive activities and events their chapter took part in throughout the year. 

“We have worked so incredibly hard this school year to bring so many opportunities to students within our community here at Kofa and I am so proud of how far our work has gotten us,” Kofa High School JSA Advisor Marc Osborn said. “It’s a beautiful thing seeing one of the only Arizona chapters in a California region receive such a prestigious award as this; and even having the opportunity to receive the National Civic Impact award.”

Yuma-area schools participate in JSA’s Southern California region. As the region’s Chapter of the year, Kofa JSA will be receiving an engraved plaque horning the chapter, a $1,000 scholarship to JSA’s Civics Immersion Program in Summer 2024 for one chapter member, one full scholarship to a JSA Institute in Summer of 2024 for one chapter member, and they also become eligible for JSA’s National Civic Impact Award. 

Kofa JSA has earned the title of Chapter of the Year for the past eight years, but only for Arizona. This is the first year Arizona and Southern California had merged, and Kofa was still able to achieve this title and have the opportunity to be recognized nationally. 

JSA is an activism and debate club that offers a safe place for students to share and express opinions on topics that aren't commonly brought up who also participate in local and regional activism. The main goal of JSA is to help students find themselves and develop confidence, self-assurance, and critical thinking skills that are crucial in shaping the future leaders of our community.

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YUHSD announces no-cost breakfast and lunch for all students in 2024-25
Eric Patten

Yuma Union High School District announced Wednesday, May 8, that beginning in the 2024-25 school year they will be taking part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to provide no-cost school breakfast and lunch to all students enrolled in the district.

“We are in a position now, more so than before, reimbursement rates for meals served have gone up, the direct certified percentage of students has gone up, and the state is really encouraging and supporting districts who take the step to provide CEP to their students,” YUHSD Executive Director of Student Nutrition Elena Hildreth said. “I think we are in a time, especially in high schools, ‘lunch shaming’ is an indirect cause of students not eating. If they don’t have money on their account at the school’s that have to pay, students just don’t come into line. By providing CEP, we are kind of breaking the barrier. All students are on the same playing field, there’s no financial stigma, everyone is provided meals, and equally, it also increases learning. Students with full bellies, do better in school.”

CEP is a Special Provision of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) that was first authorized in the United States as part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Some of the benefits of a CEP program include: increased access to nutritious school meals at no cost to students, increased student participation, improved learning environment, eliminates social stigma, eliminates paperwork (no applications), eliminates student meal debt, and eases administrative burden and improves program efficiency.

For the past two school years, Cibola High School and Gila Ridge High School have been under the traditional school meal program, which necessitates meal applications to be completed by families and for students to be categorized as “free, reduced, or paid” lunch. Students at all YUHSD schools have been receiving no-cost breakfast for the past decade or longer.

Over the past several years, YUHSD’s student nutrition department has continued efforts to improve, including analyzing data to reduce wait times for meals, increasing the number of staff members at certain school sites, and surveying students on meal preferences to improve overall participation.

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KHS economics students earn two of top three spots in personal finance competition
Christian Magana

Kofa High School economics students finished in two of the top three spots at the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) Personal Finance state competition last month.

The first-place team consisted of Carlos Prado, Emma Connor, and Jesús Manjarrez, while a team of Sebastián Linarez, Gabrielle Salcedo, and Savannah Molenar earned third place in the competition. 

“It is an amazing accomplishment since this is the first time we have competed,” Kofa economics teacher Lisa Jahn said. “They should be proud of their hard work and dedication to coming to practice every Monday after school.”

More than 1,100 students from schools around Arizona were in attendance for the event.

The competition required teams of 1-3 students to work with a family and give financial advice over various topics such as earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit, and investing. From their experiences advising the selected family, the teams presented their case studies to volunteer industry experts.

“It was a unique experience,” Connor said. “When they announced my team placed first, I was shocked and immediately excited. I’m nervous about nationals because of how far away it is and how close to graduation it is but I’m excited to represent Kofa and I’m proud that in our first year doing this we made it this far.”

The first place team will compete at The National Personal Finance Challenge on May 19-20 at Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in Nebraska. 

The Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic and financial literacy and workforce development in Arizona. ACEE prepares teachers in teaching and students in learning personal finance, economics and career readiness skills. 
 

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YUHSD Summer Learning program to begin in June
Eric Patten

Yuma Union High School District will offer a robust Summer Learning program at all seven of its campuses beginning in June.

Classes at Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, Somerton and Yuma High will take place from June 4-21, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Summer Learning for Vista High School takes place in two sessions, June 3-14 and July 8-19. Morning sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with afternoon sessions lasting from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Vista will also be a full-day session lasting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please note: Classes will not be held on June 19 in observation of the Juneteenth holiday.

All classes allow students an opportunity to retrieve learning and earn credits lost, and are available at no cost.

To register, students should talk to their school counselor before May 21.

“The summer learning programs will provide students with the opportunity to determine what their needs are along with their counselor, the space to work, and the opportunity to receive assistance from in-person instructors and online tutoring through Paper.co,” YUHSD Director of Education Technology and Learning Management Systems Bibi Frazine said.

Breakfast and lunch will be available to students at no cost, while transportation will be provided to and from school. 

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Kofa recognized as one of nation’s top SkillsUSA chapters
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Kofa High School’s SkillsUSA chapter was recognized as a Models of Excellence (MOE) award winner for 2023-24.

The annual program recognizes the exceptional integration of personal, workplace and technical skills into SkillsUSA chapter activities and is the highest recognition a chapter can receive, and indicates that Kofa is one of the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters in the nation.

The 24 SkillsUSA chapters selected as Models of Excellence will be evaluated in June at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Atlanta for top honors. A panel of judges will interview and evaluate each of these chapters based on their goals, student-led plan of action, results, evaluation and SkillsUSA Framework integration.

Kofa made submissions based on three skills: personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills. These were based on activities students hosted and/or participated in that impacted others and directly related to growth in those skill areas.

In October 2022, Career & Technical Education (CTE) students at Kofa hosted a safe and healthy Halloween event for children called “Trunk or Treat.” The following month, they hosted a SkillsUSA CTE expo for middle school students, including serving as ambassadors for breakout sessions. Beginning in March 2023, multiple CTE classes at Kofa planned and organized an event called “Joy to the World” in which they collected donations for two months that were subsequently donated to help homeless individuals in the Yuma community.

Kofa was last named a Models of Excellence chapter in 2020. Yuma High School was the last YUHSD school to be named an MOE chapter, earning the distinction in 2022.

According to SkillsUSA, the Models of Excellence program promotes the intentional learning of personal, workplace and technical skills outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area provide tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by student efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 372,000 annual paid members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education.

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MCJROTC Cadets at CMP Championship
Major Todd Birney

The Kofa High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) placed 14th out of the top 25 teams during the Civilian Marksman Program (CMP) Regional Championship from April 19-20, 2024. 

The Kofa Rifle Team includes Cadets Mildreth Hernandez, Delila Mendez, Thifanny
Cardenas, and Karla Borel. Hernandez was Kofa’s top finisher, placing first in her age group and 10th out of 124 shooters overall, which secured her a spot at the CMP National Rifle Championship.

Hernandez is the first Kofa Rifle Marksman to advance to the CMP National Rifle
Championships in Kofa’s MCJROTC 14-year history. The competition encompasses all high-school age marksmen from any organization around the country, not just JROTC units. Hernandez will travel to Camp Perry, Ohio from June 19-23 to compete for the national title. 

“This is a very proud moment for our Kofa MCJROTC Program and the Rifle Team,” MCJROTC instructor Maj. Todd Birney said. “We strive every year to make it to the next level, but this team showed the most potential. We are very proud of our young team, and the top Marksman Cadet Mildreth Hernandez.”

The Kofa MCJROTC program, which is overseen by Sgt Maj. Colen Laarman and Maj. Todd Birney, has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the past several years. Additionally, the program has been previously named a distinguished Naval Honors School.

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KHS students participate in DNA Day
Christian Magana

Students at Kofa High School recently participated in DNA Day on April 25, 2024, joining a global movement to engage and educate communities about the significance of DNA in our lives.

DNA Day is celebrated worldwide to commemorate the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA and the completion of the Human Genome Project. It serves as a reminder of the importance of DNA in scientific research, medical advancements, and forensic investigations.
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"DNA is an important piece of evidence used in court systems around the world,” KHS science teacher Andrea Ward said, “I was able to not only enrich the lives of my students but also students from other classes."

During the event, students had the opportunity to extract DNA from strawberries, bananas, and their own saliva and epithelial tissue from the mouth. This hands-on experience provided a unique learning opportunity, allowing students to understand the fundamental principles of genetics and DNA.
 

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Kofa High School receives Arizona FAFSA Challenge Innovative Player Award
Lesley Avila

Kofa High School has been awarded the Arizona Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Challenge Innovative Player Award by the Arizona Board of Regents for their efforts and innovative practices in promoting FAFSA completion amongst seniors. 

Kofa had around 440 FAFSA applications submitted for the 2023-24 school year. They hosted FAFSA-centered events for families, which included assistance from the Arizona Western College (AWC) Financial Aid department and the AWC CAMP Program. They also had help from college interns who met with students and parents on a daily basis.

“Receiving this award means that we are continuing to bring awareness to the importance of the FAFSA application to our students,” Kofa Counselor Sonia Rebek said. “We are making sure if students are qualifying, they can get all of their tuition covered, if not at least half.”

A Kofa High School senior will be given a scholarship opportunity to receive a laptop or iPad and Kofa will be featured in the upcoming Arizona FAFSA Challenge newsletter, the FAFSA Challenge webpage and social media accounts as recognition for this achievement. 

The Arizona FAFSA Challenge is a statewide initiative designed to increase FAFSA completions amongst high school seniors. FAFSA is a free form that gives students access to federal student aid to help pay for college or career/trade schools. In past years, Gila Ridge and San Luis High Schools have been recognized by the board of regents as part of the FAFSA challenge. 

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Kaitlyn Espinoza smiling for picture.
Lesley Avila

Kofa High School student Kaitlyn Espinoza has been selected as a 2024 Dorrance Scholarship Recipient worth $40,000. 

“The scholarship means the absolute most to me,” Espinoza said. “I no longer have to worry about the cost of college and I get to be a part of an incredible program and experience.”

Espinoza was one of 30 students in Arizona who were selected as finalists and then asked to continue the interview process in Tempe. She was notified within two days that she was one of 20 students that would receive the scholarship.

Espinoza will be attending the University of Arizona (U of A) in the fall and will be majoring in History. 

As part of the scholarship requirements, Espinoza will be attending a new scholar orientation in Tempe and will also attend a Summer Bridge Program before starting at U of A. 

The Dorrance Scholarship Program is run by the Dorrance Foundation for Education, an Arizona nonprofit corporation. The Dorrance Scholarship is a need-based award that aims to instill college-going traditions in future generations of Arizona families.

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YUHSD students advance to Nationals in multiple CTSO events
Eric Patten

More than 50 students from Yuma Union High School District SkillsUSA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) programs advanced to national competitions following their success at the state level.

In addition to the students who won gold medals at their respective state competitions, six YUHSD students will represent Arizona as state officers.

“Our CTE students raised the bar even higher than their previous year’s success rate,” YUHSD CTE Executive Director Lorie Honeycutt said. “This year is especially poignant because every school who could compete brought home winners. In some events, our students earned a perfect score from the industry members who judged. I give the credit to our amazing CTE staff who work tirelessly to ensure every student is successful.”

YUHSD has upwards of 100 Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes across its schools with nearly 8,000 students enrolled in at least one CTE course. All students who take a CTE class are required to also participate in its requisite Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Each spring, CTSOs host state leadership conferences with event winners (or gold medalists) qualifying for nationals in the summer.

“There’s no feeling like being on stage as a finalist, hearing them announce third and second, and realizing you’re the only one left, and you won,” said Kofa High School senior Hunter Daniels, who finished with a perfect score in the job demo event at SkillsUSA’s state event in March.

SkillsUSA state Officer Josh Lopez, from Cibola High School, added: "If there is one school event I'm never forgetting, it is easily state championship. The state championship provides students like me the opportunity to put my skills to the ultimate test and meet people with similar interests across the state. Not only that, but it gave me the honor to run for state officer, and with my election into office, I am prepared to give back to my community."

At least two students from Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, Vista, and Yuma High School will be taking part in a national competition. Somerton High School, which only has a ninth-grade cohort, will likely have eligible national competitors in 2025.

Below is a list of all the individuals who will be attending nationals:

FBLA
Cibola High School

Miguel Salazar (Introduction to Financial Math)

Yuma High School
Xzandria Serna, Carmen Palomares (Sales Presentation); Leslye Rocha (Business Concepts); Miguel Cancio (State Officer) 

FCCLA
Cibola High School

Ian Guzman (Culinary Arts); Isabella Padilla (Food Innovations – team); Taylor Nelson (Food Innovations – team); Jazmin Magana (Food Innovations – team); Angelita Robles (Nutrition and Wellness); Emma Cuevas (Sports Nutrition – team); Roxan Canchola Gomez (Sports Nutrition – team)

Gila Ridge High School
Samantha Roman (State Officer); Karidee Ellsworth (Event Management – team); Aymar Morales (Event Management – team); Natalia Rosas-Marquez (Event Management – team)

Kofa High School
Lilyan Madrid (State Officer); Elizabeth Valdez Estudillo (Teach or Train)

Vista High School
Brody Perez (Entrepreneurship – team); Michael Ramos (Entrepreneurship – team) 

HOSA
Cibola High School

Alaina Tracy (Home Health Aide); Brisenia Chavez, Yenell Colunga, Anna Crosthwaite, Angela Espino, Merlyn Ramos (Mental Health Promotion)

Kofa High School
Aleyah Lopez Velador (Job Seeking Skills)

JROTC
Kofa High School

Mildreth Hernandez, Jasmine Escalera, Delila Mendez, Karla Borel (Regional Rifle Champ – team); Mildreth Hernandez (National Service Championships)

SkillsUSA
Cibola High School

Stuart Buchanan (Commercial sUAS Drone); Rudy Garza (Commercial sUAS Drone); Josh Lopez (State Officer);

Gila Ridge High School
Jazlynn Cuellar, Ivette Contreras, Leslie Llamas (Career Pathway Showcase – Human Services); James Mailo (Prepared Speech);

Kofa High School
Kassandra Pantoja, Amy Mena, Constanza Rosales Espinoza (Occupational Health and Safety); Kassandra Pantoja (State Officer); Jalea Sandoval, Isaac Velazquez (Models of Excellence); Irene Garica, Ayzia Ramos, Natalie Cordova (Crime Scene Investigators); Hunter Daniels (Job Demo Open); Ayzia Ramos (State Officer); Adan Rodriguez (Building Maintenance)

San Luis High School
Yomaira Robles Santacruz, Frida Jimenez Atondo, and Erika Alarcon (Promotional Bulletin Board)

Yuma High School
Ryan Miller (Welding Sculpture)

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Eric Patten

Yuma Union High School District, in partnership with Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) will be hosting a no-cost sports physical event on April 26, 2024 at Cibola High School.

The event is open to all YUHSD student-athletes. 

Doors open at 3 p.m. and exams will conclude at 7 p.m. by Dr. Ryan Zerr and other medical residents from YRMC. Parents/guardians must be in attendance. 

“The partnership between YUHSD and YRMC provides student-athletes with no-cost sports physicals so that they can participate safely,” YUHSD Athletic Trainer Shannon Carmody said. “It is a great resource for families to take advantage of if their child is interested in participating in sports throughout the coming school year. We are so thankful to have supportive doctors willing to help out at this event.”

A physical is required to participate in Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) competition. All physical examinations completed at the event will cover the student-athlete for the 2024-25 school year.

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Kofa MCJROTC cadet becomes first in school history to attend All-Service National Rifle Championship
Lesley Avila

Kofa High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) top marksmen, Mildreth Hernandez, became the first Kofa cadet to qualify for and attend the All-Service National Rifle Championship in Port Clinton, Ohio from March 20-24, 2024. 

Hernandez, a sophomore only in her second year of shooting, earned the Bronze Distinguished Shooter Badge, which is the highest Excellence in Competition (EIC) points achieved by any Kofa Marksmanship participant in history. 

“Being the first person to qualify for nationals made me scared but mostly excited because it meant that all my hard work paid off,” Hernandez said. “It definitely made me more motivated to keep working as hard as I can as well as motivate my team members so that they can get the opportunity to experience that level of competition, rather than staying local.”

Hernandez placed 19th out of 36 individuals in the MCJROTC division, 27th out of 101 in the Non-Distinguished Division, and 57th out of 137 overall. 

Hernandez now has the chance to surpass her record at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Western Regionals in Sandy, Utah in April, and possibly qualify for CMP Nationals, which is scheduled to take place in June.  

The Kofa MCJROTC program, which is overseen by Sgt Maj. Colen Laarman and Maj. Todd Birney, has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the past several years. Additionally, the program has been previously named a distinguished Naval Honors School. 

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YUHSD students smiling at SARSEF.
Lesley Avila

Nine students from Yuma Union High School District attended the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) on March 7, 2024 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

After spending the majority of the fall semester designing their projects, collecting necessary data, writing their narratives and creating their posters, students from Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, and Vista all came home with an award or placed first or second in their project category at SARSEF. 

“When I heard my students won first place in the earth science category, I was ecstatic by the news,” San Luis High School Advanced Placement Environmental Science Teacher Aimee Gomez said. “I feel like earth science isn't appreciated enough so knowing they were recognized and how much hard work they put into it made me super happy and very proud of them.”

Apart from students earning awards, Kofa High School Biology Teacher Jason Flora also received the SARSEF Champion Educator of Science and Engineering award for his work as a biology teacher at Kofa. 

“For me, winning Champion Educator of Science and Engineering is awesome and humbling all at the same time,” Flora said. “I was grateful to go from two years ago having no Kofa students taking part in SARSEF, to this year having 10 students compete in a regional Science Fair competition and four of them winning different awards.”

SARSEF provides students opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, network with STEM professionals, and a chance to earn scholarships and prizes. 

Below are the names and awards each student/class received:

Kofa High School
Anthony Gutierrez: Gil’s Heros Award
Diesel Young: Understanding Use of International Metric System Award
Elizabeth Treynor: NASA Earth System Science Award
Nathan Salasibarra: AZ Psych Association Psychological Science Award
Jason Flora: SARSEF Champion Educator of Science and Engineering Award

San Luis High School
Dora Franco, Valeria Vazquez: Powered by Perseverance High School Award
Emeli Garcia: Second Place in Social Sciences Category, Policy and Society Awareness Award, SARSEF Board of Directors Community Impact Award
Aimee Gomez’s AP Environmental Science Ninth Grade Class: First Place in Earth Science Category

Gila Ridge High School
River Trent: Outstanding Exhibit in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award

Vista High School
Alejandro Bautista: SARSEF Board Award

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Christian Magana

Vista High School,  San Luis High School, and Kofa High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapters collaborated with Vitalant to host blood drives from March 20-22 at their respective campuses. 

The events, aimed at benefiting the Yuma Community, saw a strong turnout from both students and community members eager to give back.

"I feel there are a lot of people in need,” said SLHS junior Alissa Felix, who aspires to pursue a career in the medical field. “If we can do anything to help those in need, I think that we should. Opening the door for those who want to donate is important so we can get the donation to those in need. This gives me insight into how the medical field works and reinforces the idea to continue my goal to become a doctor."

The students worked closely with Vitalant representatives to organize and schedule appointments for the drive. They also managed check-ins, escorted donors to the waiting area, and provided post-donation care, including water and snacks, to prevent dizziness from low glucose levels.

“I wanted to help in the blood drive as it is a great event and  helps so many people,” VHS senior Jenesis Dickson said. “As someone that has received blood in the past, I know how important donating blood is in saving multiple lives.”

By the end of the events, 90 units of blood were donated, potentially saving up to 196 lives at the hospital.

The next YUHSD blood drive will be hosted at Cibola High School on April 16 in the Gold Gym from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about Vitalant and its initiatives, please visit https://www.vitalant.org/Home.aspx. 
 

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