Five area high school seniors have earned $1,000 Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarships for illustrating giving blood as acts of courage, compassion and celebration in their award-winning blood drive campaigns.
The 2018 Lead The Way winners are: Hayley Maher from Greenville Senior High School; Mikayla Schaffner from Miami East High School; Karson Hudson from Valley View High School; Kacie Tackett from Newton High School; and Kayla Helmick from Cedarville High School.
Two winners are from Miami County high schools. It's the third consecutive year a scholarship has gone to a Miami East senior and the second year in a row to a Newton High senior. It's the first year to have winners from Greenville, Valley View and Cedarville.
Lead The Way applicants were challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They submitted a campaign slogan, explained why it would encourage fellow students to donate, and expressed their campaign theme with one or more innovative and artistic marketing techniques.
Kacie Tackett, Newton High School: "Put up a Fight for the ones that are Fighting."
Kacie was NHS president at Newton High and earned a CBC "Red Cord" for supporting school blood drives. The t-shirt she designed for her "Put up a Fight for the ones that are Fighting" campaign features a bright red pair of boxing gloves. Kacie also submitted a special photo with grandmother, who receives dialysis treatments three times a week. Kacie wore red boxing gloves in the photo and they both wore her "Put up a Fight" t-shirts.
"Many people have someone special to them that is fighting," wrote Kacie, using the examples of cancer patients and accident victims. "Many people could also know someone who has lost their fight. Students usually think there is nothing they can do to help their loved one. However, with this campaign students can feel like they are helping their loved one by something as simple as donating blood."
Kacie plans to attend Edison State Community College and later Urbana University to study early childhood education and guidance counseling.
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