The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program is a seven-week campaign which takes place from February 6th to March 26th. High School students in different regions of the country compete to raise critical funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Students of the Year at Nardin is led by Juniors Natalie Hausmann, Maran Kingsley and Emma Zabel, with a team of 10 Nardin classmates from the Class of 2022: Sylvia Bargnesi, Lauren Bauer, Meredith Donahue, Genevieve Downing, Lucy Heneghan, Reilly Lenahan, Sara Notaro, Tess Trammell, Julianna Verni and Lauren Wells.
“These Nardin students are all are very humble in their academic and personal achievements. They are kind and always ready and willing help others,” said Colleen Robertson, principal of Nardin Academy High School.
Known as the GatorGals, Nardin’s team is competing within the Central and Western New York chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, along with more than twenty other teams. At the end of the campaign, there is a grand finale celebration and silent auction to maximize funds raised and the winner(s) of Students of the Year is announced.
When asked what motived them to get involved in this important cause, Natalie, Maran and Emma responded: “We are super excited to be undertaking this initiative as many of us on the team have personal connections to cancer, and specifically blood cancer. Motivated by our personal experiences, we seek to live in a world where no more families have to carry the burden of cancer. LLS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers and our involvement with the organization aids LLS in their endeavors to provide better treatment for patients. Further, Students of the Year is a great opportunity for us as high school students to foster community connections and develop our leadership skills for the future. We truly believe that we are the generation that will cure cancer and hope that our contributions through this program will lead to substantive change for all of those afflicted by cancer.”
The GatorGals have a goal of raising $25,000 and have raised $11,000 to date including $500 from a Jeans Day at Nardin.
Help the GatorGals reach their goal at https://events.lls.org/wcny/buffaloSOY21/tgatorgirl.