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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s High School Challenge, a fundraising competition, netted more than $150,000 in the region.

Student teams from 14 Washington, D.C.,-area high schools were encouraged to develop leadership and fundraising skills in support of the nonprofit’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The competition is usually limited to February, but because of snow days it was extended to March 19.

For the second year in a row, Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda received top honors, bringing in $68,158. Not far behind was Walter Johnson High School of Bethesda, returning as the 2014 runner-up with $52,000.

Whitman students will be rewarded for their work next month with a pep rally with a master of ceremonies from Hot 99.5 radio.

Marcela Falck-Bados, Whitman’s Pennies for Patients student leader, attributes the school’s success this year to its increased commitment to the mission as a community and keeping its focus on the big picture: making a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients.

“We are very proud to have raised such a large amount of money,” Falck-Bados said in a news release. “Our goal this year was to make LLS Month more about blood cancer awareness, rather than just fundraising and competing against other schools. Despite the several snow days and interruptions, the Whitman community has been very flexible and willing to help a cause that is very close to the Whitman community.”