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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.

Congratulations to all 2021 Students of the Year candidates and team members.  Who raised an incredible $960,393 towards a world without blood cancer. We are currently accepting nominations for 2022 candidates.

Meet the Candidates

Team Overcome
Team Overcome
Tia Miller
Team Avon High School
Team ZAH
Team ZAH
Evan Typpo
Team Miracle Makers
Join us for a virtual celebration as we celebrate our 27 candidate teams. If you would like to attend our virtual kickoff you can register at this…

Thank you to all those who supported our 27 candidate teams through silent auction, making a general donation and attending our…

News and Announcements

  • Grand Finale Watch Party
    March 26, 2021
    Thank you to all those who supported our 27 candidate teams through silent auction, making a general donation and attending our virtual gala! Congratulations again to our 27 candidate teams and 400 team members on raising a recording breaking $960,000 towards our mission. The 2021 Students of the…
  • honored
    October 8, 2020
    Meet Tim | Kent State University | Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia During the 2nd semester of his freshman year at Kent State University, Tim started to notice significant weight loss and massive drop in his energy. As a lifelong wrestler he welcomed physical activity, but when walking to class…



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