Students distinguished as ?Gallon Grad? donors

Four graduating Fairfield High School students received Gallon Grad awards from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Students receiving the Gallon Grad award included: Hermela Gebremariam, Gunnar Mattson, Hollie Nelson and Trenady Sammons.

The blood center established the Gallon Grad award to honor students who donate blood at least eight times before graduating from high school. The fluid volume from eight whole blood donations is approximately one gallon.

Students are eligible to begin donating blood at age 16, with a signed parental permission form, provided by the blood center, and most began donating blood at a blood drive hosted by their high school.

?These students have done something really special,? said Maureen Steele, donor relations consultant for MVRBC. ?As dedicated blood donors, they provide a resource that helps save lives at hospitals throughout our region.?

Gallon Grad award recipients received an award certificate and a red cord that signified the connection between the blood donor, the blood center and patients who have been helped by the student?s donations. With permission from their school, students could choose to wear the red cord in their high school graduation ceremony.