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Olivia Hauck '22 Wins Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Student of the Year' for South Jersey

Pingry junior Olivia Hauck has won 2021 “Student of the Year” for South Jersey in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student of the Year Campaign.

In this seven-week fundraising challenge to benefit LLS, high school students across the country raise money in honor of a local patient who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer. The candidate (each one has a team) who raises the most money is named “Student of the Year” for their local chapter.

Olivia and her team, Team BC We Care, competed against 16 other teams from southern New Jersey. She raised over $56,000 in honor of a close family friend who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia five years ago, endured two bone marrow transplants, and beat the cancer. “When I was growing up, he showed me the importance of hard work and determination, which is why I ran my campaign in his honor,” Olivia said.

She said “Student of the Year” means much more than the title. “Approximately every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. The LLS invests nearly $1.3 billion into life-saving cancer research. Anyone can make an impact on the lives of others. I am so honored to have been able to participate in something that will truly change the lives of those battling cancer.”

Pingry requires every student in Grades 7-12 to complete 10 hours of community and civic engagement each year, and Olivia is among many students who go above and beyond.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review