Students and staff “Bleed for the Throne” in Spring 2019 blood drive: Photo of the Day 4/19/19


Sierra Rossman

Sophomores Diana Bryan, Ilias Smith, and Adam Liston relax by the canteen area after donating blood.

by Sierra Rossman, Reporter

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On April 16, the bi-annual blood drive was held in the auxiliary gym. From 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., staff and students donated blood to the American Red Cross in hopes of helping those in need.

Those who donated received a “Bleed for the Throne” poster, inspired by HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and a chance to win a full-sized Iron Throne from the show as a part of a promotion by The American Red Cross.

Class of 2020 SGA President Emily Webb volunteered during the blood drive. Volunteers took care of the students and staff who donated by providing water, juice, and snacks to help make the recovery process easier.

“There are so many people in need, so I think it’s important to help in any way we can,” said Webb. With natural disasters and surgeries occurring every day, lots of blood is needed to save lives.

“There were a lot more rules than I expected. For example, I didn’t know that you can’t donate blood if you went to a different country within the last twelve months,” said Ilias Smith, a student who donated at the blood drive.

If the donor passes the screening, then they are prepped and soon after about 525 mL of blood is drawn. Adam Liston was among the many students who gave blood. While some may fear donating due to the needle or the possibility of pain, Liston described his experience in a positive way.

“The actual process was very quick and painless and I’d be willing to do it again. I do think others should donate blood because it only takes a short amount of your time to help someone in need,” said Liston.

The blood drive has been a Linganore High School tradition for over 20 years. Around 100 students donate each year between the fall and spring donation days with many staff participating as well. The blood drive is a great way to make a difference in someone’s life. About 20% of all donations to The American Red Cross come from high school and college students.

If you are interested in donating, the next blood drive will occur in the fall of 2019.