Cranston shines again in LLS Student of the Year campaign

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When it comes to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, no students do it better than those at Cranston High School West.

As proof, Team ConCure – made up of West juniors Julianna Soscia and Talia Notarianni – raised an extraordinary amount of $18,503.78 to earn the LLS Rhode Island Student of the Year crown for 2019.

More impressively, perhaps, is that Soscia and Notarianni raised that much money in only seven weeks while finishing first ahead of Johnston High School’s DJ Anderson and Team Panthers for a Cure, which took in $16,000 during the seven-week campaign.

In all, a total of eight teams competed for the LLS Student of the Year title, which includes a $2,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The teams collectively raised approximately $75,000, and money is still coming in, as each team has until June 1 to raise funds.

Yet another Cranston West duo, juniors Arianna Annicelli and Jordan McInerney – known together as Team AJ – captured the prestigious Mission Award. Carla Mulhern, area director for LLS Rhode Island, said that award is given to the student or students who best exemplify the organization’s mission during their campaign.

Team AJ raised $11,297.84 during its seven-week campaign, while a third squad from Cranston West – Team Beat, which was captained by Alexa Lombardi and Maddison Marcello – raised $10,774.14.

“Let’s have a huge shout our for all out amazing teams,” said Jessica Schiano, midday host for 92 PRO-FM, who served as emcee for the recent Grand Finale Celebration held at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln. “They all did a fantastic job in seven short weeks.”

The 2019 LLS Student of the Year campaign also included a fourth Cranston entry – Team Hope, made up of Cranston High School East students Ashlee Sadowski and Haley Gaess. Like Soscia and Notarianni, they worked tirelessly to make a difference in their community while helping honor families whose loved ones have been touched by cancer.

Team Hope, which raised $5,186.77, drew words of praise – as did the other three West teams – from Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. 

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