Several students from Worthington Kilbourne High School and one from Dublin Jerome High School are looking to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the nonprofit organization's leadership program.
Called Students of the Year, the leadership-development program provides high schoolers the opportunity to lead their own fundraising team for the society.
To be selected as a team leader, students may apply or be nominated by a committee from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The students then participate in an interview with the organization and complete an application. When confirmed, the student leaders can pick anyone they want to be on their team.
Though students participate in the program, it is not sponsored by a particular school, said Barb Sauder, the mother of its co-leader, Jimmy Sauder, a 16-year-old junior at Worthington Kilbourne.
Megan Grimshaw, a 16-year-old sophomore at Worthington Kilbourne, is the other co-leader.
Ten other students are on their team, the Wolfpack: Brady Cloyd, Keegan McDonough, Alvin Nash, Ethan Nestigen, Maggie Rosenfield, Meagan Rosenfield, Mackenzie Stevens, Abby Torres and Luke Torres, all students at Worthington Kilbourne, and Becca Berman, who attends Dublin Jerome. Berman takes dance classes with Grimshaw.
The team includes eight adult members: Kristin and Scott Grimshaw, Barb and Frank Sauder, Amanda and Brian Engle and Becky and Larry Boord.
This is the third year for Students of the Year in central Ohio, Megan Grimshaw said.
Kristin Grimshaw, Megan Grimshaw's mother, said Bishop Hartley, Delaware Hayes, New Albany, Upper Arlington and Westerville Central have high school teams participating this school year.
Megan Grimshaw and Jimmy Sauder said they were interested in the program because of their personal connection to cancer. Grimshaw's grandfather, Jim Jones, has leukemia and Sauder's grandmother, Suzanne Ritter, died of blood cancer.
Grimshaw and Sauder decided to name their team the Wolfpack after Worthington Kilbourne's mascot, Lobo the wolf.
The fundraising campaign begins Thursday, Jan. 17, and will run through March 8.
Grimshaw said the Wolfpack has a goal of raising $20,000. She said all the proceeds will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund research, FDA-approved trials and treatment for patients.
Grimshaw and Sauder are hoping most of the money comes from letters that will be sent out to friends and family asking for donations, but the team is organizing other ways to donate.
The team is holding a family-friendly happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Zaftig Brewing Co., 7020A Huntley Road, Columbus, just outside Worthington.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29, the team has organized a dine-to-donate program at Chipotle, 6590 Sawmill Road, Columbus.
The team also has shirts and bracelets available for purchase and a website where those interested can make monetary donations: events.lls.org/coh/centralohioSOY2019/whuntingfo.
To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its student program, go to studentsoftheyear.org.