Hillsboro High School junior Taylor Nikkel was among the first-time donors at a Red Cross blood drive Tuesday at HHS.
“I wanted to save lives, and I thought this was my opportunity,” she said.
Some friends had discouraged her from donating, but she wanted to try it before deciding against it. She was nervous before her donation. Her nerves calmed after the process began.
“It went really fast,” Nikkel said. “I thought it would take a lot longer.
“I felt a little light-headed when I first got up,” she said, but she felt better quickly.
Nikkel expected it to be worse than it actually was. She said she plans to donate again.
HHS FFA sponsored the drive. Of 93 donors, 37 were high school students, FFA sponsor Sonya Roberts said.