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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.




This year, 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.


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


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 to all 2021 Students of the Year candidates and team members. We are currently accepting nominations for 2022 candidates.

Meet the Candidates

Team Henry
Team Henry
Team Grampa
Team Grampa
Team May the Cure Be With You
Team May the Cure Be With You
Team Justice for a Cure
Team Justice for a Cure
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale

News and Announcements

  • Hall of Fame
    February 1, 2021
    What is the Hall of Fame?  An elite group of Candidates and Team Members who have gotten an early start on their campaign and are set up for the best possible success. All Candidates and Team Members who earn a place in the Students of the Year Hall of Fame will earn valuable incentives and be…
  • January 15, 2021
  • December 8, 2020
      Signature Sponsors     Platinum Sponsors               Arash Ferdowsi   Gold Sponsors   Jeff Huber & Angel Vossough   Silver Sponsors Augusta Properties CGI Technologies & Solutions, Inc. Construction Management & Builder Inc MedStar Health Savantage Solutions…