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Students of the Year Washington DC

Students of the Year - Washington, D.C.

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.


In 2021, more than 91 motivated high school candidates and their over 300 team members broke both local and national records by raising over $3.3 Million in just 7 weeks through virtual fundraising for LLS’s cutting-edge cancer research and patient services.  Congratulations to our 2021 Washington, DC Students of the Year participants! 

And a special recognition to...

First-place winners: Team CUREsaders, led by Kaeden Koons-Perdikis, Calla O'Neil, and Ella Song.1

Team CUREsaders


1st Runners Up: Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer, led by Katie Yost, Emma Dowd, and Jules Ciatto.


Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer


2nd Runners Up: Team Panthers Against Cancer, Led by Ava Curley and Sofia Fernandez.


Team Panthers Against Cancer


Citizenship Awards

Mission Integration Award: Kaeden Koons-Perdikis, Calla O'Neil, and Ella Song from Team CUREsaders.

Volunteerism Award: Ella and Emory Stratman from Team Grampa.

Community Involvement Award: Tess Gardner and Madison Akers from Team the Red Elephants.


Congratulations again to all 2021 Students of the Year candidates and team members, and good luck to our new 2022 candidates and team members!


Thank You to Our Amazing Media Partners!




Meet the Candidates

Katie Gardiner
Team Survivors for a Cure
Team Bulldogs Against Blood Cancer
Team Bulldogs Against Blood Cancer
Team S.W.A.T. 5.0
Team S.W.A.T. 5.0
Team Ice Out Cancer
Team Ice Out Cancer

News and Announcements

  • Events
    December 3, 2021
    Event Name Event Type Event Date Event Time Event Location Team Name Participant Name GreenHeart Juice Bar & Cafe Spirit Day-proceeds donated to LLS 1/22/2022 Full Day Greenheart Juice Bar 7 Cafe - 212a Loudoun St, SE Project Red Camryn Worley Digital…