COVINGTON — Covington High proved once again it is a small school with a big heart, as the student body gathered for a special assembly on Wednesday, May 11, to celebrate Danielle Swabb.
Swabb is among five Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship winners for 2016 who will each receive a $1,000 award from Vectren for college tuition assistance. They were challenged to develop an effective blood drive marketing campaign with a clever theme and slogan, and creatively designed marketing materials.
Swabb’s theme borrowed from the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV series. The artwork for her t-shirt design combined a spacecraft insignia with the CBC blood drop logo. Swabb represents a third generation of active blood donors in her family, and being part of a donor legacy is the inspiration for her message.
“I wish to uphold this tradition, and I know in my heart, that I, and my family, have made a difference in the world,” she said. “I hope my theme inspires my classmates to step up, save lives, and become the next generation of blood donors.”
CBC Donor Relations Manager Tracy Morgan presented Swabb with the scholarship certificate and thanked all the students and volunteers who supported the two blood drives hosted by Covington in the 2015-16 school year. The two blood drives totaled 65 donors, 34 first-time donors and 49 donations for an average of 106 percent of the collection goal.
CHS Principal Josh Long congratulated Swabb and encouraged her classmates to apply for scholarships, and to continue supporting blood drives.
“This is a special one,” Long said. “You guys get it. You know it’s going to help other people. It could be you or a relative that needs blood. That’s what it’s all about.”
Swabb will use her scholarship at Wright State University, where she will study Spanish education.
Samples of the scholarship winning artwork will be available at: www.GivingBlood.org/giving-back/reward. The Lead The Way Creative Scholarship for High School Seniors is made possible by a $5,000 grant from Vectren.