By Dylan Carlson Sirvent, ’19

UAHS sophomores Isabel Sweet and Maggie Ryan are co-candidates for Student of the Year, which is a program that was created by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

LLS’ website states that the program is “an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS.” The student who raises the most money which “counts as one vote” will earn the title of Student of the Year.

Sweet and Ryan’s seven-week fundraising campaign, which was started on Feb. 22 and will end on April 13, aims to raise more than $20,000. Their team Bears Against Blood Cancer will be competing against other Central Ohio high schools to see who can raise the most money. The team includes several other sophomore UAHS students: Grace Call, Tessa Fishking, Allison Cleveland, Macy Porterfield, Julia Linzell, Gwendolyn Peters, and Elizabeth Kane

In an e-mail sent to UA staff, Sweet and Ryan wrote “We have seen the devastating effects of blood cancer in our community and we hope that through our campaign, we will be one step closer to a cure. By making a donation, you will truly be making a difference!”

If a student would like to contribute to their campaign, one can donate at