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Students of the Year Atlanta

Students of the Year

The Students of the Year campaign is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high-school leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, ensuring that they stand out when preparing for college and beyond. During the program, students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Student leaders fundraise for LLS in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidate team in each community that raises the most funds during the 7-week competition.

This year, in the face of adversity, 34 teams made up of 68 candidates and more than 400 team members came together to raise over $1.8 million for LLS's mission to cure blood cancers. This relentless 2021 Students of the Year Class broke local Atlanta records all while conducting their entire campaign and fundraising efforts virtually.

Congratulations to all of our 2021 Atlanta Student of the Year participants!


2021 Atlanta Students of the Year Winners:

Secure the Cure 2.0, led by Carly Appel, Courtney Kahn, and Barri Seitz. 

soy atl winners


2021 Atlanta Students of the Year Runners Up:

The Answer for Cancer, led by Ian Dempsey and Carter Freudenstein 

soy atl runners up


Citizenship Awards

Mission Integration Award: Team Change - Ben Bastek and Toby Reitman

Leadership Award: Team Out4Blood - Eden Abt and Jordan Leff

Community Involvement Award: Mission 1.8 - Katie Hammill and Grace Dunn

Our 2022 Students of the Year campaign will be held in January and February.  We are currently accepting nominations for 2022 candidates.  



Meet the Candidates

Red Aces
Red Aces
Cancer Conquerors
Cancer Conquerors
Team the Answer for Cancer
The Answer for Cancer
War Eagle
Team War Eagle
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale



global payments
Global Payments


Nolan Transportation Group
World Systems Builder
The Arthur M Blank Family Foundation


great expressions
Great Expressions Dental Centers

Staff Contacts


Claire Dempsey

Claire Dempsey, Campaign Director



Kennedy Meeks, Campaign Manager