MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio – Troy is showing some early muscle in the 19th annual US Bank/Community Blood Center Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive.  Both Troy and Piqua High Schools kicked off the Challenge with dueling blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and the Trojans took the lead by six “votes.”

To further intensify the 2016 competition both US Bank community blood drives are on the same day, Thursday, Oct. 27 with the same hours, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

US Bank will present a $1,000 prize to the community whose high school and community blood drives combine for the highest number of donor registrations. Troy registered 118 donors Tuesday compared to Piqua’s 112 to take the early lead.  Troy also topped Piqua in first-time donors 55 to 53 and in donations 93-87.

“A lot of people are talking about,” said Troy junior Savannah Nelson as she made her first lifetime donation with a vote for Troy. “I couldn’t last year because I wasn’t old enough to donate, so of course this year I wanted to get into it.”

Troy’s Angie Wiley, blood drive coordinator and advisor for the student sponsor ASTRA club, said having all the Challenge blood drive during rival week has boosted interest. “I like the new layout, it’s really promoting a lot of community spirit,” she said. “It draws the community together and the spirit of the school blood drives in the same week.”

Though Piqua goes into Thursday’s community blood drive six votes behind, there is no reason to panic. “We should be good,” said April Watson, Piqua blood drive coordinator and advisor for the student sponsor Interact Club. “We don’t know how Troy will do, but we’ve done all we can. Hopefully the community will do well.”

“My family gives blood and I wanted to,” said Piqua junior Makenzie Ellerman, a first-time donor. “I love beating Troy – in everything!”

Troy senior Alexander Randazzo made his fifth lifetime donation with his vote for the Trojans, but said it’s not just about school spirit. “I understand the rivalry, but it’s more about giving back to the community,” said Alexander. “That’s the most important thing from it. I do appreciate that both schools are doing it.”

Piqua leads Troy in the CBC/US Bank Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive series 13-4-1, but Troy’s win last year was its third in the last four Challenges.

The 2016 winner will be announced and the $1,000 award check presented Friday, Oct. 28 before kick-off at the Troy-Piqua football game.


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