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M-P NJROTC students organize blood drive


November 1, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local student and NJROTC member Jakob Ruck-Brown gets ready to have his blood drawn by Bloodworks Northwest phlebotomist Gabrielle Navarro on at an Oct. 25 blood drive organized by local students.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC students partnered with Bloodworks Northwest to hold a blood drive on Oct. 25.

The blood drive was in response to recent tragedies in the U.S. and to celebrate the birthday of Kathleen Wilde, naval science officer at M-PHS and Chief Petty Officer with the program.

It was held in the small cafeteria room on the school's campus.

"We wanted to pick something measurable to do for Chief Wilde's birthday," said student Daniela Cejudo, a Lieutenant with the NJROTC program.

"We chose to do a blood drive so that we could give back to people that need it," she said.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Glen Garcia said that giving blood is something that is easy to do but vitally important.

"It was kind of a small and quick act that can help save someone's life," he said.

Wilde said the last couple of years she has been asking the students to do something for the community in October in lieu of getting her gifts.

"That way they don't have to worry what to get the Chief for her birthday," she said.

Students with the program donated throughout the day and helped bring in fellow students and community members.

"I've donated and have been getting other people to come to," said Cejudo. "It's fun to see the community come together and help others."

"I wasn't able to donate because they couldn't get my vein, but I still wanted to be here and make sure those who did donate are doing okay," said student Alana Brown, who is a Petty Officer First Class with the NJROTC program.

The M-PHS program runs events like the blood drive as a way for students to build skills and learn how to interact with the community around them.

"I like the leadership aspect. You have to be a good leader to be able to host these and be able to actually do it," said Brandon Randall, who is a Lieutenant Junior Grade with the NJROTC program.

Just getting involved with the community is good beyond the skills it teaches as well, said Brown.

"Even if you aren't a leader, it's still a good way to give back," she said.

"I love the opportunities because you get to go out so much and show others what you do and give back. It also helps you prepare for your future," she said.

Students said that the blood drive went well throughout the day.

"It's been non-stop all day," said Wilde, who added they were close to breaking the record for new donors brought in during a single day for Bloodworks Northwest, a blood bank that operates in western Washington and Oregon.

Members of the NJROTC program said they enjoy working with each other and putting on events to give back.

"Basically it's like one big family," said Randall.

"It shows you how to be a better person in general," said Garcia.

More information on Bloodworks Northwest is available at


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