Daniel Boone Student Receives $500 Scholarship From Marsh
Regional As Winner Of Holiday Contest
JONESBOROUGH – Holly Wagner had worked blood drives since
she was a freshman at Daniel Boone High School and was a strong believer in
But when her father needed open-heart surgery last year, she
recognized an opportunity and a responsibility to advance the cause further.
“That made me realize my family members might need blood at
any moment to save their lives,” Holly said. “My family means everything to me,
so this inspired me to become even more active in promoting blood donation.”
Now 17 and a senior, she has started donating and hosted a
blood drive at Marsh Regional Blood Center’s
Kingsport donor center. Held in early January, the drive attracted 46 donors.
Because each unit of blood can save as many as three lives, Holly’s leadership
made a positive difference for about 140 people.
Marsh Regional, which supplies blood to 17 local hospitals, honored
her actions on Thursday, March 6, at the Washington County Board of Education
meeting. Director Don Campbell presented her with a $500 scholarship, the prize
for winning Marsh Regional’s second annual Holiday Heroes contest.
“Holly is a remarkable young lady whose efforts with this
drive and throughout the year have greatly impacted the area’s quality of
life,” Campbell said. “She is an outstanding example of a young person
embracing one’s civic responsibilities and leading by example.”
Social media was a key tool for Holly as she recruited
people to participate in the event. She also spoke to people at church and her
family, and many of her friends spread the word.
Holly’s drive helped ensure Marsh had enough blood for the
area’s patients during a time of year when blood donations typically drop
because of weather and holiday activities.
“To have 46 people come to the drive and save so many lives
is amazing,” Holly said. “It has always been inspirational to see people donate
blood, and it was impressive to know we were capable of drawing so many people
to our drive.”
This drive was the latest example of a long-standing
partnership between Marsh Regional and high schools throughout Northeast
Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Marsh Regional conducts blood drives at 37
area high schools, and some of them hold one multiple times during the school
year. Just four days after Holly was honored, Daniel Boone held another blood
Marsh Regional also recognizes students who have regularly
donated by providing a cord for them to wear when they graduate.
In addition, the blood center will offer six $1,000
scholarships to deserving students this year and six $500 grants to high
schools. To grow this annual program even more, Marsh Regional is holding a
golf tournament on Friday, April 25, at Warrior’s Path Golf Course in
For more information about blood donation and scholarship
opportunities, please visit www.marshblood.com
or connect at www.facebook.com/MarshBlood