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HOMER-CENTER: Donors needed for blood drive; fall sports winding down

by JULIA BUGGEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on October 26, 2012 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY -- Homer-Center High School is once again hosting a bloodmobile this coming Monday. The event will take place in Homer-Center's gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive is sponsored by the National Honor Society program (NHS) at the school.

All students planning to give blood must be at least 16 years of age.

This bloodmobile has been occurring for several years now; however, some students may not know the benefits of this voluntary event.

Karen Woods, Homer-Center's physical education teacher and supervisor of the blood mobile, shared some information about the good cause.

"All of our NHS students have a volunteer project in which they must complete at least three hours of voluntary work. Any student that attends the drive and donates blood will fulfill the program's requirement."

This blood drive is not just for the students, though. "Although a lot of our donors are students," Woods said, "we also have community members that come in and volunteer to give blood. If we generate enough money from the event, our school will then be eligible for receiving scholarships in the areas of health careers and national honor societies by the courtesy of the American Red Cross Association."

Numerous students at Homer-Center are planning on volunteering for this good cause. Mary Beth Fletcher, a sophomore, will be turning 16 this weekend and will be eligible to give blood.

"I'm donating because I want to help support a cause as a good person. I am now able to do so since I have gotten over my horrible fear of needles," Fletcher stated.

Some other students have also shared that giving blood is a good and generous thing to do. One student shared that he will also be gaining bonus points for gym class by donating blood.

Fall sports at Homer-Center are coming to a close as the winter sports are just around the corner. Homer-Center's volleyball team just finished up their last game this week, concluding their season.

Kristina Albright, a student and player said, "It was a lot of fun and I think our team improved as a whole." 

Emily Wiltrout, another team member said, "I'm sad the season is now over since we will be missing our seniors on the court in the next season to come." 

Deanne Magolis, English teacher, media teacher and volleyball coach, shared her thoughts after her first year of coaching the varsity team.

"This season was very exciting; I had a lot of fun getting back to the sport of volleyball since I haven't coached in four years. The girls made the whole season worthwhile and they have a lot of talent; however, our record this season doesn't show the girls' capabilities. They worked very hard and I hope that with a little more time I can develop a program that Homer will be proud of."

We would like to congratulate Ian Illig of the Homer-Center golf team for competing in the PIAA Golf Championship this past week and placing 18th in the state in Class AA. In addition, we congratulate the golf team for winning the Heritage Conference championship. Homer-Center would also like to wish qualifier Heather Paynter the best of luck at the District 6 cross country meet this Saturday. Paynter told us her thoughts about the upcoming meet tomorrow: "I'm excited to run in districts this Saturday, but it will be challenging and I hope that I perform well," she said.

As far as upcoming events go, on Nov. 2 Homer-Center will have its senior night for the football team, band members, cross country team, cheerleaders and the golf team. Come show your support and watch the recognition of our seniors at Homer's last home football game.

That just about wraps up the news this week for Homer-Center. Tune in next week to hear details about our annual assembly scheduled for all of the town's honorable veterans.

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