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Student council hosts spring blood drive

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Jake Markowski
Blood work stations in the Lemont High School gymnasium.

On April 18, Lemont High School held its annual spring blood drive, hosted by the student council.

“[The blood drive] means getting to save lives and students the opportunity to participate in different ways to help others and not just worry about themselves, like try to give back,” student council sponsor Kathryn Kupchek said.

Student council members worked the blood drive, with a new group of volunteers every period. Those volunteers completed jobs like running passes, checking people in and checking on people after their appointments.

“It feels really great [to work] because I’m not donating blood so it’s really nice to be involved in it in some way because it’s for a really good cause,” junior and student council member Anisha Oberai said.

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The blood drive is held in the fall and spring, where students and staff are invited to donate. To donate, donors have to be at least 16 years old with a parent’s permission and weigh at least 110 pounds.

“[The blood drive] means to help people out, give them blood that they need,” sophomore Noah Telitz said.

“As long as you’re able to, you should be able to give to help others, not only does it help others in need, but it shows others around you that it’s okay to donate,” Citgo Innovation Academy librarian Doreen Patnaude-Noodwag said.

Rewards were given to those who donated. This time around, everyone who donated received a “Starve a Mosquito” t-shirt, as well as being entered in a raffle for a chance to win a pontoon boat.

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Jake Markowski is senior at LHS and a first-year member of the Tom-Tom staff. He is on the autism spectrum and a type 1 diabetic. Jake is in many activities at LHS including the Scholastic Bowl Team, Student Council and Yearbook Club. He attends many sporting events and is planning to join the National Honor Society. When not in school, you can find Jake hanging out with friends, driving, riding his bike around Lemont and working at Walgreens. He also enjoys video games, trivia, writing, fantasy sports and game shows, especially “Jeopardy!”, which he hopes to be a contestant on one day. Jake is excited for all of the senior activities to come this year including senior sunrise, homecoming, prom and project graduation. After high school, Jake plans to follow his dad’s, uncle’s and grandpa’s paths by majoring in fire science, emergency medical technician (EMT) and attending paramedic school at College of DuPage to become a firefighter/paramedic.
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