Area students are honored by Miller-Keystone Blood Center
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured after the awards ceremony at the Miller-Keystone Blood Center High School Recognition Breakfast are, left to right : J. Michael Lee, President-CEO of the Miller-Keystone Blood Center; and award recipients Dominic Pino, Hazleton Area, $750; Katie Owens, Marian Catholic, $500; Ryan Miorelli, Tamaqua Area, $250; Robert Keyser, Palmerton Area, $250; Frank "Jay" Hall, Palmerton Area, $250; and Liz Raub, Palmerton Area, $250.
Students from several area school districts were honored by the Miller-Keystone Blood Center at a High School Recognition Breakfast which was held at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.
The Center expressed its gratitude to all of the area students who have worked to help support the area's community blood supply.
Awards were presented to some students for organizing and setting up blood drives in their high schools.
According to the Center's President-CEO J. Michael Lee, the largest single donor group that they have are probably high school and college students.
The Miller-Keystone Blood Center put together a scholarship award program as a way to thank the students for their efforts.
The scholarship awards are made out to the school that a student chooses and they range in value from $750 to $250.
After students apply for the program, which includes a written essay, the winners are chosen by a selection committee who pick out the ones that they thought were the best.
With the changes expected in health care coverage today, the Center sees an increased demand in the future for blood supply coming and noted that they will need blood donations now more than ever.