Queens high school students who donated the most blood this year were honored by New York Blood Center on June 3 at St. John’s University. Thanks to their blood donations, cancer and trauma patients throughout the city, as well as those with blood clotting disorders, were given a second chance at life.
The seventh annual Queens High School Recognition Breakfast featured videos created by students from Benjamin Cardozo, Robert F. Kennedy and Richmond Hill high schools, and guest speaker Radhika Sawh, a blood recipient, who spoke about living with thalassemia and receiving blood transfusions two to three times per week.
The 2009-10 high school winners were Cardozo and Robert F. Kennedy high schools, which received the top “Heroglobin Award;” Cathedral Prep Seminary, Flushing High School, Greater New York Academy of Seventh Day Adventists and Queens Academy High School, which got the “Gold Award;” and Francis Lewis, Jamaica, John Bowne and Townsend Harris high schools, which received the “Silver Award.”
“Bronze Award” recipients included the Academy of American Studies, Aviation High School, Grover Cleveland, the High School of Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Hillcrest, John Adams, Newtown, Richmond Hill, St. Francis Preparatory, Thomas Edison, William Cullen Bryant and Queens Vocational Technical High School.