Griffins roll up sleeves, top Cyclones

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

September 18, 2013

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School made it a sweep of Chester High School on Friday, with FCHS students also defeating the Cyclones in a contest that was a matter of life and death: a blood drive competition between the schools.

The Griffins collected 61 units of blood compared to 49 for the Cyclones.

James Jeter, Community Blood Center Sponsorship Development Specialist, said one unit of blood has the potential to save up to three lives.

The FCHS contribution to the blood drive has the potential to impact up to 180 patients needing life-saving blood products, while CHS drive alone has the potential to save up to 150 lives. The drive at FCHS was led by Dean Simmons and the drive at CHS was led by Ms. Heath and the Chester High School Student Government Association.

FCHS students, faculty and staff donated with several students giving blood for the first time. Recent graduate Lewis Ginyard came back to campus to donate, saying it is simple and easy to do and encouraging others to give the gift of life.

Junior Kenneth King said he was a bit nervous about giving for the first time but did not mind the needle stick after all.

“People should give if they are able (like me) because it helps save lives,” King said.

Junior Jarrett Houston competes for FCHS in the Academic Challenge Team, on the soccer team and is a member of Beta Club. For this well-rounded student, school pride was a motivating factor.

“I think FCHS will win over Chester in this competition,” Houston said.

Turns out he was right as community members rallied to donate blood and help his school and community.