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Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates 2018 High School Challenge results announced

Throughout the month of October, 31 chapters of the Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Health Occupations Students of America, and Key Club participated in the KODA 2018 High School Challenge to support its Donate Life Kentucky’s mission of increased organ donor recruitment. The results? An incredible 2,876 new names were added to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

The winning schools who reached a target level in a point system based on outreach activities, and also had the most new signups on RegisterMe.org, participated in activities including registry drives, making commercials, art projects, school-wide assemblies, and social media posts.

Many of the school clubs worked with their local Circuit Court Clerk to help promote saving lives through organ donation. The participating clubs were also the first to use a new online educational toolkit and utilized the national award-winning Bridge2Life app to learn about donation, register their peers and submit pictures of their events as well.

“These students were given a very challenging goal, and they absolutely blew it out the water,” said Crysta McGee, community educator with KODA and Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life. “We wanted them all to know that organ donation isn’t just a health issue, it’s a human issue. Every school that participated took this challenge to heart and following the theme, added a lot of wonderful color to the world of donation.”

And importantly, there were no losers in this competition as every student group that participated has given hope to the 115,000 children and adults nationally waiting on a lifesaving organ transplant. The 2018 Donate Life Challenge Winners are:

• $1,000 1st place winners: Marion County High School FBLA and Area Technology Center HOSA Advisors Chastity Gribbins and Tara Wade

• $500 2nd place winner: Larue County FFA Advisor Misty Bivens

• $250 3rd Place winner: Union County High School FBLA Advisor Nathan Tanner

• $150 4th Place winner: Union County High School FBLA Advisor Jennifer Carney

• Social Media Rock Star: Greenwood High School FBLA Advisor Natalie Dyer

• Innovation: Doss High School Advisor Sarah Pataluna

• Spirit Award: Haley Parker, Harrodsburg ATC HOSA

For a full list of participating high schools or more information, please contact Crysta McGee at (502) 415-0350.

From Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

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