US Bank District Manager Pete Bardonaro & Troy US Bank Manager Deborah Wildermuth present the $1,000 check to Troy High School Principal Bill Overla.

The Community Blood Center/US Bank Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive trophy is staying at Troy High School.  The 16th annual Challenge was an all-out effort to help save lives with four blood drives in eight days.  For the first time in the history of the Challenge, Troy has claimed the title in back-to-back years.

As the Challenge winner, Troy High School received a $1,000 prize from US Bank to use for educational materials.  US Bank presented a poster-size version of the check to THS Principal Bill Overla Friday, Nov. 1 before kickoff of the 129th meeting between Troy and Piqua, the oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the state.  The Indians outlasted the Trojans 33-27.

Support for the blood drives was outstanding. Overall, 329 students and community members registered to donate – including 129 first-time donors – resulting in a total donation of 266 pints of blood.

Piqua launched the Challenge with a community blood drive on Sept. 30 at the Piqua US Bank Branch. The Troy community blood drive followed on Oct. 2 at the West Main Street US Bank Branch in Troy.  There were 98 registrations and 87 donations at the two community drives

Piqua High School held its campus blood drive on Oct. 4 and the Challenge concluded with the Troy High School campus blood drive on Oct. 7.  Students at the high schools combined for 231 registrations and 179 donations, including 111 first-time donors.

“The competition and focus both communities display during this event continues to amaze me every year,” said US Bank District Manager Pete Bardonaro. “So many lives are greatly impacted by this generous giving from both parties and by doing so this event is a winner for both communities annually.  The success of this event is driven by the community and school spirit displayed between Piqua and Troy.  In the end, there are only winners.  Thank you to all!”

The “traveling” Challenge Trophy will remain at Troy High School. A plaque in the center of the trophy records the history of the Challenge, beginning with a Troy victory in 1998, followed by a string of Piqua victories (broken only by a tie in 2001) until Troy’s resurgence in 2012.

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