School recognized by United Blood Services, Arizona Diamondbacks
Highland High earns award for most blood donations
Highland High School students at Chase Field.September 21, 2017

(Phoenix, AZ) -- When it comes to blood donations in Arizona, teens rule, and when it comes to most high school blood donations, Highland High School continues to earn the first spot.

With 725 blood donations last school year, Highland received the Most Total High School Blood Donations Award this Wednesday at a ceremony at Chase Field, where Highland students joined more than 300 youth from schools across the state.

This is the 10th year Highland earns the first place since the High School Blood Drive Challenge program was established 30 years ago. The program recognizes excellence among student blood drive organizers and seeks to inspire Arizona’s youth to create a lifelong pattern of donating blood.

One out of every six blood donations in Arizona is given by teens, with donations from this age-group nearly tripling since the Arizona Diamondbacks became sponsors of the High School Blood Drive Challenge in 1998.

According to Sid Lewis, Senior Director of Donor Recruitment for United Blood Services Southwest Division, high school students have become leaders in building the state’s blood supply.

“Teens donate more blood than any other age group in the state,” said Lewis.

The Arizona Diamondbacks donated 1,000 tickets to award-winning schools for their May 10 game against the Detroit Tigers.

United Blood Services received an estimated 21,500 teen blood donations by the end 2016-17 school year, helping this age-group retain their top spot as United Blood Services’ largest donor group for the 13th consecutive year.
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