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Student of The Year

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The Student of the Year Campaign is a six-week initiative in which nominated local high school students enrolled in public or private schools participate in a fundraising competition to benefit the National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The 2015 campaign began on January 15, 2015 and for the six weeks, 12 teams, comprised of 19 total students, sent emails and letters, hosted events and conducted social media campaigns - all with the goal of raising as much money as possible for LLS and our mission.

2015 SOY Group Shot

The campaign culminated with the Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. Approximately 300 guests celebrated the accomplishments of the candidates and their teams. The winners were also announced at the Gala. Congratulations to our 2015 Student of the Year Award Winners!

2015 SOY Winners-Team EJ with Andrew

2015 Student of the Year Winners
Team EJ - Jessica Bosch and Eden Gray

2015 1st Runner Up
Team Answer for Cancer - Sahana Bhagat

2015 2nd Runner Up
Team Paolini - Patrick Paolini

Collectively, the students raised more than $401,000 for LLS, a record-breaking total for the campaign! Candidates who raised over $50,000 included Team EJ, Team Answer for Cancer, Patrick Paolini, and Jack Laubach. These candidates will have the opportunity to link their name or the name of a loved one to an LLS research grant.

2015 SOY Winners- Over 50k

Citizenship Awards, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, were also given to teams who exemplified Community Involvement, Volunteerism, and Mission Focus in their campaigns. Community Involvement Awards were presented to Grace McGill and Madison Kirchgessner from Team Cubs Choose Hope and Sahana Bhagat from Team Answer for Cancer. Hailey McDonnell, Emily Schofield and Caroline Shevlin from Team Rays of Hope won the Volunteerism Award, and the Mission Focus Award went to Francesca King of Team Kings for a Cure, and Patrick Paolini.


Citizen Award Sponsor


Junior Sponsor
Sheehy Auto Stores

Sophomore Sponsor

SunDun Office Refreshments

Freshman Sponsors

AMG Communications

Front Stream


Shankar and Meera Pillai

RedPeg Marketing

Special thanks to our In-Kind Sponsors: Mahaffie Marketing, Dorset Design, Worth Higgins Printing, Arena Graphics, Crown Trophy Gaithersburg, Falcon Lab, and the JW Marriott.

Recruitment has already begun for the 2016 Student of the Year Campaign. Interested in participating in the campaign? Candidates must submit an application to be considered by the campaign's selection committee. To learn more, contact Kelly Kent at or 703.399.2930 and visit our Student of the Year Facebook page

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last updated on Friday, April 03, 2015