Sophomores Help Raise Thousands for Cancer Research

Class of 2022 friends Sweeney and Fenn's Team AACS photo for the campaign's website.

Congratulations TEAM AACS!

Sophomores Kiley Fenn and Elena Sweeney raised close to $25,000 in seven weeks and helped the Maryland Chapter of LLS break the record for dollars raised during the Students of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The girls were joined by 13 other teams from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. Together these kids-helping-kids soared to $963,206.79. Each year, blood cancers account for more than ten percent of new cancer cases.


Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students. During the campaign, participants foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community that raise the most funds during the 7-week competition. -LLS website 

Leukemia accounts for nearly 30 percent of childhood cancers. Great strides have been made in survival rates and treatment, but there is more work to be done. "It is a great program from which they learned not only about the disease and new treatment, but how to run and manage a campaign," wrote Patrick Sweeney, Elena's dad, in a letter to the Upper School's leadership last week." I hope you are as proud as we are that our girls took their time to do something selfless for someone they will never know...Hopefully, they blazed a trail that others might want to follow next year." 

​Do you know a student leader at AACS or in your community that could be the next Student of the Year? LLS is accepting nominations for the 2021 Students of the Year Campaign. To nominate someone, please contact Campaign Director Corinne Mayers Visit the LLS  Students of the Year Campaign for more information.