Every year high school students all over San Diego form groups and try to see who can raise the most money supporting the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. The competition is ran by the Students of the Year program, which rewards the group of students who raise the most for the cause with a $2,500 scholarship prize. This year’s campaign started on Jan. 5 and will be ending on Feb. 24, although preparations began back in November. The leaders of MC’s group are freshmen Grace Postle and Amita Ram.
“It’s [LLS Student Series] a fundraising challenge against a bunch of teams who compete to raise the most money for blood cancer research and the Leukemia-Lymphoma society. We hold a lot of events and are [campaigning] online to raise the money,” Ram said. Postle and Ram became interested in the campaign during a meeting in Key Club.
“We just really wanted to take the opportunity to help blood cancer patients and also wanted to expand our communication skills,” Postle said.
Having the chance to be a part of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society has led to Ram and Postle contributing to society’s success and having their own mindset change.“We learned a lot of leadership skills and how to manage our time better, which can be helpful as we’re going through high school, and more importantly that we can make an impact even through we’re kids,” Ram said.
The LLS Student Series takes place every year but Postle and Ram are planning on returning to one more year in high school.
“I want to do it senior year again, and as a freshman you don’t really know that many people and when you’re a senior you know the gist of everything, plus since we’ve had experience we would be better at the whole process,” Postle said.
After fundraising, Postle learned different tools that can be useful later in her life.
“A lot of people say ‘don’t be afraid to ask for money in this case,’ but I think one thing we can take away is don’t be afraid to ask for anything,” Postle said.
To make an effort to raise more money, the last event will be taking place at the Rancho Peñasquitos Everbowl from Feb. 16. until Feb. 24. Those who are part of the MC team are hoping to not only win the competition but more importantly, raise money for a good cause.