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Student Visionaries of the Year Washington DC

Student Visionaries of the Year

Visionaries look to the future—and see infinite possibility.

They challenge the status quo—and make the impossible possible.

They boldly imagine a better world – and lead the charge to create it.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was built on that same vision - of a better world - one without blood cancers. Through our Student Visionaries of the Year campaign, we are excited to recognize these young leaders for being what we need most, visionaries.

Student Visionaries of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high-school leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, fostering professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management all while working to raise as much as possible for LLS’s mission.

These tenacious young changemakers fundraise for LLS in honor of blood cancer survivors. The titles Student Visionaries of the Year are awarded to the candidate teams who raise the most funds in their community during the 7-week competition.

 

2024 WASHINGTON DC STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR

In 2024, 85 motivated high school candidates and their 300+ dedicated team members raised an astounding $1,920,605 in just 7 WEEKS through fundraising for LLS's cutting-edge blood cancer research and patient services. CONGRATULATIONS to our 2024 Washington DC Student Visionaries of the Year participants on such an incredible impact!

A SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OUR 2024 WINNERS:

First-place winners: Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer led by Alice Caroline Marriott, Annie Walker and Fiona DeSouza from Stone Ridge School 

Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer

Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer

 

1st Runners-Up: Team Tigers Chase the Cure led by Anne Marie Coakley, Tessa Thomson and Olivia Saul from Connoly School of the Holy Child. 

Team Tigers Chase the Cure
Team Tigers Chase the Cure

 

2nd Runners-Up: Team Close Conquers Cancer led by Peter King from St. Albans School and Sarah Pan and Sofia Hall from National Cathedral School. 

Team Close Conquers Cancer
Team Close Conquers Cancer

 

MISSION AWARDS

  • Research Award: Team Panthers Against Cancer led by Sarah Dicker from Holton-Arms School 

  • Patient Support Award: Team Rays of Hope led by Lydia Granados and Sarah Tadesse from Wheaton High School  

  • Advocacy Award: Team Blood Cancer Warriors led by Brooke Smith, Gabrielle Stephenson, and Isabel Triandafilou from Richard Montgomery High School  

  • Relentless for a Cure Team Member: Mia Walker from Team Rays of Hope 

 

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR 2024 WASHINGTON DC STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES & TEAM MEMBERS!

We are currently recruiting for our 2025 Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign - if you know an amazing high school leader looking to make a difference, please nominate them today!

Meet the Candidates

Team S.W.A.T. 7.0
S.W.A.T. 7.0
Team Rays of Hope
Team Rays of Hope
Team Shooting for a cure
Team Shooting for a Cure
Team Make It Happen
Team Make It Happen
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale

News and Announcements

  • 2024 Washington DC Student Visionaries of the Year Hall of Fame   Candidate Hall of Fame   Sasha Barr Mieraf Bisrat Max Blank Hannah Brooker Alex Brown Sebastian Cantarilho Alina Carlson Jackson Carnemark Sebastian Dubey Adam Ghadiry Lydia Granados Ally Graves Yara Hamandi Shivani…

Sponsors

Gold

The William J Shaw Family Foundation

Silver

Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
MEIGOP, LLC

Bronze

C. J. Coakley. Co., Inc
C. J. Coakley. Co., Inc