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Del Val’s NHS blood drive: saving lives

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The National Honor Society works hard each year to continue the success of the blood drives Del Val hosts. NHS members get there early to step up, and help the American Red Cross workers prepare for their busy day ahead! Members are expected to participate by guiding donors to the gym and circulating the area.

On Nov. 16, 2023, Delaware Valley Regional High School hosted the Red Cross blood drive, an event that happens twice a year to unite the community and save lives.

“We have a lot of success in students donating, faculty donating and the community coming to donate,” said Tracy Miceli, the organizer of the event.

Del Val’s National Honor Society hosts many events throughout the school year and works closely with the Red Cross to bring the blood drive to the school. 

Anyone above the age of 16, and who meets all the requirements, is able to donate. The blood benefits patients in hospitals as well as the students of Del Val. 

The NHS works hard in collaboration with the Red Cross to make sure those who donate are taken care of. The Red Cross provides phlebotomists as well as the equipment needed to collect the blood. NHS volunteers student helpers to ensure nurses and donors alike are getting the respect and care they deserve, including snacks and drinks to keep their energy up.

“We try to do something before the holidays with the American Red Cross to make sure that our students and community members are giving back to their community and beyond,” said Miceli.

The blood drive achieves 50-70 units of donated blood every drive, and this year was no different. Out of the 71 people that donated, a total of 59 productive units of blood were collected. 

Many students at Del Val also donated on Thursday. It was a first for many, but they knew it would benefit others. 

“It’s a new experience, sort of an interesting concept, giving your blood to others to help them,” said senior Phoenix Wigget.

The Red Cross is always hoping to collect units of less common blood types, such as O negative. This blood types is desirable because it is universal, meaning anyone can receive it. 

Del Val’s blood drives take place biannually, so next time the Red Cross drive comes around if you qualify consider donating to save lives. 

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  • The Red Cross van arrived in front of the school to collect and transport the donated blood at the end of the event.

  • The national honor society works hard each year to continue the success of the blood drives Del Val hosts. Members are expected to participate by guiding donors to the gym and circulating the area.

  • The national honor society works hard each year to continue the success of the blood drives. Members are expected to participate by guiding donors to the gym and circulating the area.

  • This year’s blood drive had more student donors than in years past, causing people to have to wait in the waiting area!.

  • A Red Cross phlebotomist smiles as he prepares to help another donor.

  • NHS volunteers stay up to date on their school work while helping the cause.

  • Many members of the Del Val community also came to the school to donate blood.

  • Participants were given a comfortable environment to relax as their blood was drawn. Phlebotomist were able to keep all donors calm while donating blood. They made sure each donor was stable before they were released.

  • Del Val senior, Mackenzie Hlasney, smiles as she donates blood with the help of her phlebotomists.

  • NHS volunteers also handed out snacks to donors after they finish.

  • Del Val’s NHS advisors, Tracy Miceli (Right) and Lisa Cartwright (left) also provided socks for the donors!

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Juliana Findeis, A&E Editor

Juliana Findeis is a sophomore at Del Val and this is her second year working on "The Delphi." In her free time Juliana participates in multiple sports through Del Val, such as soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Along with sports Juliana loves spending time with friends and family.

Gihon Warren, Reporter
Gihon Warren is a sophomore at Delaware Valley Regional High School. He is an introvert, funny and quiet person. He loves to draw and watch tv shows. He is very scared and excited to learn about this new school full of interesting experiences that he hasn’t experienced before.
Abigail Bivona, Sports Editor
Abbey Bivona is a junior at Del Val, and this is her third year on "The Delphi." Abbey loves playing volleyball and plays on the school team for Del Val. In her free time, she loves hanging out with friends or watching TV.
Abby Eckert, Reporter
Abby Eckert is a sophomore first-year reporter for "The Delphi." In her free time, she plays field hockey for Del Val. She likes to listen to music, spend time with friends, and get crafty.
Neha Sethi, Reporter
Neha is a sophomore at Del Val and is a first-year reporter for "The Delphi." Neha is apart of the Biomedical Science Academy and enjoys playing sports in her free time.
Riley Campbell, Reporter

Riley Campbell is currently a senior at Del Val and in her first year writing for "The Delphi." Riley is on the softball team and a member of other clubs such as Peer Leaders and National Honor Society. She loves to listen to music and hang out with her friends. 

Sara Matthews, Editor-in-chief
Sara is a senior at Del Val who is involved in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Del Val cheerleading. Sara hopes to continue winning contests and awards with "The Delphi" as this is her final year with the school paper. This is her third year writing for "The Delphi," where she hopes to better the paper as best she can before her high school career is over.
Josalyn Walker, Reporter
Josalyn is a sophomore first-year reporter for "The Delphi." In her free time, she plays soccer and basketball here at Del Val. She is also in the Biomedical Academy and loves to spend time with her friends and family.
Gianna Roberts, Managing Editor
Gianna is a sophomore at Del Val and this is her second year working on "The Delphi," now as the Managing Editor. In her free time, Gianna enjoys reading, listening to music, especially Taylor Swift, and watching TV shows. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.
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