Students from 40 county high schools were recently honored by the American Red Cross Orange County chapter for organizing more than 100 blood drives over the past year that resulted in the donation of more than 6,130 units of blood, or 6% of the county's blood supply.
Individual schools, students and advisers received awards for their participation in a variety of categories. Kathy Kemnitz of Pacifica High School was named the most valuable student contact, and Keith Sims of El Toro High the most valuable adviser.
Huntington Beach High was noted for the greatest number of units donated (230), followed by Foothill (211) and Dana Hills (208). Whittier Christian was named the most improved school with an increase of 133 units over last year, followed by Los Amigos and Foothill.
Two schools were honored with perpetual trophies for greatest participation per capita. La Vista High in Fullerton received the award for the third consecutive year for a school with an enrollment of up to 450 (52% participation), followed by Whittier Christian (38.6%) and Servite (32.9%). Foothill received the same award for a school with more than 450 students (28.6%), followed by San Clemente (22.7%) and Loara (21.8%).