Leukemia & Lymphoma Society WA/AK Names Student of the Year
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (WA/AK) Names Student of the Year
Posted on 08/13/2020
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society @WA/AK) Names Student of the Year

Rogers High School Junior Sophia Diseth has been named Student of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Washington/Alaska chapter for making a difference in the fight against blood cancers.

 Despite the limitations during the pandemic, Diseth led a team of students, teachers, and family members during a 7-week campaign to raise more than $30,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students on the team included Jackson McGowan, Emerald Ridge; Maiya Waterstraat, Rogers; Abram Zantkovsky, Rogers; and Minwoo Choo 2019 Rogers graduate.

 The team held a kickoff event last February and they wrote letters, contacted businesses for sponsorship, held a bake sale, and posted information about the campaign on social media. Part of the strategy was to describe the reasons it is important to the team to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On March 14, they held an auction and a fun run in downtown Puyallup.

 Then the stay-at-home order came from Governor Inslee and future events were cancelled. The team continued to persevere while raising money through social media.
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 Diseth has long held an interest in supporting the community and became involved in fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while attending Stahl Junior High.

She was nominated for the recognition by Stahl Principal Troy Hodge.

 The Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raise the most money during the competition. An auction and a celebration are held every year in Seattle to celebrate the students and all their hard work. This year, the event was held via Zoom.