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The Growl

Bettendorf High School

Friday, May 20, 2016

Vol. 52 Issue 6

Foreign exchange students travel all over world by Olivia Teach Newspaper Editor

Some students this summer, rather than “Personally I would like to experience hanging out by the pool and having a travel and being out of the country,” Chin summer job, will be traveling world wide. said. Some are going to Costa Rica, France He is going to a school in France and is and Germany. Students are going to stay in a country for up to two weeks or a month with a host family and then at another time the students that they stayed with in Germany, France, or Costa Rica will come here to America. Alena Shoemaker is a senior going to Costa Rica from June 15 to June 25. “I am going to Costa Rica, and I’m going to take The Effiel Tower in Paris, France. advantage of the opportunity to travel and experience new things before I go to college and to help also excited to try their fries. He is excited better my Spanish before I decide if I want “to be with the family and really get to live to minor in it in college,” Shoemaker said. in France as a French person.” The will be plenty of things for them to Lastly is the German exchange trip do while they are there. There are waterfalls leaving on June 2. Kalli Goerdt and many and rope bridges. others such as Erin Johnson, Mary Therese “I’m looking forward to zip lining and Gehrmann, Riley Tidrick, Abby Whitaker, whitewater rafting in such a beautiful place Abby Weyman, Kyle Anderson, Trevor and also experiencing a new culture,” Ollar and many more. Shoemaker said. According to Goerdt, “I’ve never been Mason Chin is going to France for two out of the country. Germany will be a fun weeks, visiting the cities of Paris and first place to go.” Nantes. They will all be there for a month

Places students will see and go

A waterfall in Costa Rica

A town square in Germany.

Students will stay in a youth hostel most of the time in Germany. and spending a week with stay home families and then the rest of the month at downgraded hotels called Youth Hostels, and may be going to Paris. “It is going to be really awesome and I am excited to meet all the Germans,” Goerdt said. Wherever the students are going this summer it will be an unforgettable experience.

Donate blood, save a life by Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter

Although one pint of blood can save up donor. Although there are exceptions, few colon, liver, throat, and stomach cancer. to three different lives, only four percent donors experience dizziness, faint feelings, Health benefits are not the sole benefits of eligible blood donors donate blood. or sickness after of donating blood. When donating at one of Donated blood can be used donating. the quarterly blood drives, donors receive in life threatening situations, For every negative unlimited access to tables of cookies, such as in saving the life myth about the chips, pizza, soda, juices, water, and other of someone involved in a experience of snacks. serious accident or someone donating blood, there Donors also are excused from class, a with a terminal illness. are multiple real perk for many students. Finally, donors One third of people will positives to donating receive the rewarding feeling that comes need a blood transfusion blood. Donating with the possibility of saving three lives in their lifetime, and the blood removes excess and making the community a safer place demand for blood is constant iron, and excessive for everyone. due to its non-substitutable N i n e Joe Frommelt qualities. In the 45 minutes seniors, Annah that it takes to donate blood, B u c k w a l t e r, the effects of that blood can last a lifetime. amounts of iron can harm Amber Jerson, FBLA and Student Council offer four the body with high blood Ja’Miracle different opportunities a year to donate pressure, cirrhosis, heart Morant, Elliott blood. Once every quarter, blood drives disease, and diabetes. Evans, Makayla offer an abundant amount of positives for When donating blood, Kuhrt, Hunter not only the recipient of the blood but the bodies also make new Shepherd, donor as well. red blood cells that are Colton Fersch, Contrary to some, there is no chance more efficient at carrying Jordan Miller, of donors contracting an infectious blood oxygen throughout the and Trevor disease while donating. Doctors and staff body. Regular blood Trejo, received members use clean sterile needles and take donation is also associated Malorie Garza the honor of the serious precaution with each and every with lowered risks of lung,

Gallon Grad Award from the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, having donated at least eight pints of blood in their high school careers. The most recent blood drive, hosted by student council May 3, produced 81 pints of blood. Although the most recent blood drive was the last blood drive of the year, 29 donors donated blood for their first time. Blood drives are a wonderful way to make a difference in the community and in the lives of those in need of blood. Blood drives do not supply the needy with just blood but with life.

Kyle Anderson

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