Service important to Rockville High graduates
By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Jun. 23, 2011
Rockville High School Class President Jillian Eitelman is completely petrified of needles and the sight of blood. But Eitelman, who is also the Student Council president, braved those elements to head the Student Council-sponsored blood drive, both last year and this year.
She also learned it would become one of the defining memories of the Class of 2011.
“Going into it, I was so afraid that no one would come and that it would be a complete failure,” said Eitelman.
But she was wrong, and that day the Class of 2011 emerged as one of the most caring and service-oriented groups she has ever seen.
“When we first came to high school, I was not sure what our group would do,” Eitelman said during the school's June 22 commencement exercises. “But these people really came together and we did a lot of great work for the school and for the community.”
It started with the blood drive, which was a rousing success. It went so well that people had to be turned away, due to overbooking. Eitelman said she was very proud to be a member of the Class of 2011 at that time.
“The American Red Cross said they secured more than 55 pints of blood,” said Eitelman. “That will save more than 165 lives.”
What made Eitelman most proud is the fact that so many people like her, who were afraid of needles, donated one of the nine pints of blood they had in their bodies.
“This showed the true character of our class,” she said. “We are a service-oriented group and I believe that my classmates are going to go out into the world and serve others, whether it’s community service or in their careers.”
Throughout high school, not only has the Class of 2011 been service-oriented, but they have also been innovators in that service.
The class started the Arctic Splash, where students would raise money through sponsorship, leading to a winter event where they would jump into a cold body of water for the entertainment of the fans in attendance.
The class interacted with the community by holding the first-ever “Band-Aid,” in which the class raised money for others with a showcase of local bands in the high school auditorium. Adding to the event was an art gallery held in conjunction with the show.
Eitelman said she is very proud to have been a part of a class whose members have been so selfless and willing to give so much of themselves.
Eitelman is planning to study international finance and hopes to help people in the difficult economic climate through her career choice.