The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to Name Local 2020 Student of the Year

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At a grand finale to be held on Friday, Feb. 28, the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will announce the name of the 2020 Student 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).

HOUSTON, Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- At a grand finale to be held on Friday, Feb. 28, the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will announce the name of the 2020 Student of the Year.

Year after year, high school students take on the challenge to raise the most funds to find cures and ensure access to treatment for blood cancer patients, and though only one can win the title, each participant is focused on the fact that everyone wins when cancer loses. This year, a record-breaking number of candidates signed on to participate, 30 candidates in total.

The Grand Finale marks the finish of a seven week fundraising competition that launched on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Local winners will go on to compete for the national title, which will be announced later in the summer. The local 2019 Student of the Year winner, placed third in the country last summer, raising over $197,000, in just seven weeks.

This year's class of candidates has set a goal of raising $850,000 and a personal mission of not only raising funds to help create a world without blood cancers, but also raising awareness for LLS's goal to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

This year's fundraising is in honor of a patient heroes, 2020 Honored Hero: Jacob Munoz from Klein Cain High School.

WHO: The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society   WHAT: 2020 Student of the Year Campaign Grand Finale; (cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, program, dancing)   WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2020. Registration will open at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7:30pm, and winner announced at approximately 9:30 p.m.   WHERE: The Royal Sonesta Houston; 2222 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027.   WHY: Proceeds benefit LLS's mission: to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

For more information about the campaign, contact Christina Triggs, 832-463-3632,  

The 2020 candidates are: Bellaire High School: Giulia Sdringola-Maranga, McKenna Clement & Spirit Martin Clements High School: Allison Wang, Maddy Xiong, Rithika Pothi & Logan Leider Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart: Rose Barry Fort Bend Christian Academy: Layla McGrady George Ranch High School: Dylan Dean & Sofia Giordano John Cooper High School: Kya Gill Katy High School: Emily Toungate Logos Preparatory Academy: Amaya James Magnolia West High School: Dylan Taylor Memorial High School: Chloe Spears Obra D. Tompkins High School: Bhavika Chandak Ridge Point High School: Bianca Jacques, Caitlyn Blalock, Emily Frank, Giovanna Joseph, Landrie Goss and Peyton Bruffy St. John's School: Campbell Lee & Jack Lovett St. Pius X: Christopher Dang The Emery Weiner School: Alex Brody & Max Roffwarg The Village School: Rohan Bendapudi Tomball High School: Ellie Fetner

The 2020 co-chairs are Andrea Ferruzzo and Susan Nichols, and the 2020 honorary is 18 year old Klein Cain High School student, Jacob Munoz.

Visit the Students of the Year website: ( and learn how you can become engaged with LLS.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

About Students of the Year: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year is an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. Every dollar raised counts as one vote. The candidate/team who raises the most money at the end of the 7 week competition earn the title Student(s) of the Year. For motivated high school students, this program ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and/or future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at LLS candidates make a real impact in the fight against blood cancers. For additional information visit


SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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