WHS Receives Proclamation from Mayor
Waller High School (WHS) broke its blood drive record by collecting 294 units of blood during their Oct. 15 drive. This was also a record-breaking number of units collected for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in a one-day high school drive. While a typical high school blood drive collects between 75-100 units, WHS drives have consistently collected over 200 units for the last five years. For their efforts, Waller Mayor Danny Marburger honored Health Science Technology students and Instructor Dr. Jeffrey Ricken with a proclamation during the Nov. 18 City Council meeting.
“As Mayor of the City of Waller, I would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Ricken and his future doctors and nurses of Waller High School for their commitment to our community,” Marburger said. “Keep up the good work because we need you and we are very proud that you are a part of Waller.”
Health Science Technology works for four weeks to prepare for the blood drive and the large number of donors that will attend. They work in teams to divide the work and cover as much as possible. Teams work on marketing the drive, gathering donations from local restaurants, and set up on the day of the drive. Students in the Pharmacy Technician and Certified Nurse Aid programs also help with the blood drive. Last year’s blood drive earned the Health Science student a White House Silver Eagle Service Award for collecting 255 units. This medal is the highest award a high school-aged student can earn for community service in the United States.
The annual blood drive is part of the Health Science Technology’s shadowing program. Students spend a week at one of 27 different medical facilities in Waller shadowing health care professionals. Throughout the course, they learn anatomy, physiology, dermatology, oncology, orthopedics, endocrinology, obstetrics, and earn six certifications. They work on a variety of skills such as medical terminology, suturing skills, injections, pharmacology methods, EMT methods, and trauma care. The course also focuses on preparing students to join the medical field after graduation. They identify what colleges and degrees will work best for their chosen profession and how to gather financial aid, write a resume, and improve interview skills.
“My job is to help them find a path to their dreams,” Ricken said.