SHS Wins Blood Wars

Shoemaker Wins Blood Wars
By: Todd Martin
For the first time ever, Shoemaker High School won the coveted “Blood Wars” battle among local high schools, validating student efforts to promote a life-saving cause.
Baylor Scott & White Health Blood Center supervises blood drives at each of the Killeen ISD high schools each spring, resulting in much-needed units of blood and driving a good-natured, but real rivalry to bring in the most donors.
After a two-year run for Killeen High School, Shoemaker narrowly won this year’s contest with 77 units collected. Killeen High School collected 75 units. Ellison collected 74 units. Harker Heights collected 30 units.
The brand-new Health Occupations Students of America chapter at Shoemaker accepted the trophy Tuesday, vowing to remain competitive in years to come.
Sophomore Jaraizha Rivera, president of the chapter’s HOSA Club said the group, mostly new to the health sciences course and to blood donation, worked hard to make the drive a success.
“We started recruiting a week early and made sure everyone fit the criteria,” she said. “This is important to us. We’ve never won it before in the 12 years it’s been going on. It’s a big accomplishment.”
Debra Boyer, donor recruitment supervisor at Baylor Scott & White made the trip to Killeen to congratulate the Shoemaker HOSA Club.
“We do this annually and it’s such a big help to our community,” Boyer said. “It’s exciting to see HOSA get involved and we hope their efforts grow.”
Health Science teacher and HOSA advisor Jessica Vanderberg-Beauvil applauded her students’ efforts. “They did a great job all year and this is their crowning accomplishment,” she said. “They had such great enthusiasm. They went after it.”
“They understand what it meant,” the teacher said. A unit of blood can save two lives, so the drive at Shoemaker could result in 154 lives saved.
“It was out of the kindness of their hearts that they donated,” said Rivera. “We feel accomplished.”
“We saw a lot of growth in our group,” said HOSA vice president Jasmine Oatis, also a sophomore. “We came together even though we’re all new to this. For us, to beat the other schools was satisfying.”
Shoemaker has enjoyed lots of attention for athletics, Junior ROTC, robotics and other accomplishments. “I’m glad,” said Rivera, “that the light is shining on the health sciences.”