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Students of the Year Portland

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 2020 Students of the Year candidates and team members who collectively raised over $472,000 for the LLS mission. LLS would like to additionally recognize the Student of the Year, Taelyn Haney from West Linn High School, our Mission Award winner, Anna Seely of Lakeridge High School, and Top Fundraiser, Ella Smith of Jesuit High School.

We are currently accepting nominations for 2021 candidates.

Meet the Candidates

Penelope Olheiser
Penelope Olheiser's Campaign Team
Anna Seely
Anna Seely's Campaign Team
Franca Polla
Franca Polla's Campaign Team
Ella Smith
Ella Smith's Campaign Team
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale

News and Announcements

  • Students of the Year Class of 2020 Breaks Records
    March 31, 2020
    Seven teams of high school students from across Oregon collectively raised $472,000 towards The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The dollars raised will support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins Disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients…
  • Fundraising Record Set in LLS Students of the Year Competition
    March 10, 2020
    by: Jenny Hansson, Emily Burris, KOIN 6 News Staff Posted: Mar 9, 2020 / 07:43 AM PDT / Updated: Mar 10, 2020 / 09:22 AM PDT   PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In just seven weeks, high schoolers from around the Portland area raised more than $472k for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In fact, this…
  • Boy of the Year
    January 30, 2020
    Meet Asher! Oregon & SW Washington's 2020 Boy of the Year. Each year the Oregon & SW Washington chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society selects a Boy of the Year, a pediatric cancer survivor who the Students of the Year and Man Woman of the Year campaigns all raise money in honor of…