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Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 14 – Justin Jasper

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 14 nominee for the Leadership Award is Justin Jasper of St. Christopher’s School. Having a current 4.2 GPA, he has received high honors every semester of high school. Justin is an AP Scholar, and he scored a 33 out of a possible 36 on ACT exam. At the end of junior year, he was awarded the Washington and Lee University Book Award. He received the Horace A. Gray Scholarship for possessing high character, academic and athletic ability, and commitment to extracurricular activities. Justin also received the McGuire Wilkinson Scholarship from St. Christopher’s for best exemplifying Christian character, gentlemanly conduct and scholarly attainment.

A three year member of St. Chris’ Varsity Football team, Justin was a captain for his senior season as a wide receiver. Recently, he committed to football for the University of Richmond. For his sophomore and junior efforts, he was named to the first team all-prep. As a junior Justin was also named to the second team all state and was selected as the all metro honorable mention. He also is a 4 year member of the Varsity Basketball team. Playing as a wing, Justin is a two year captain of the team. For the 2015/16 season he was named to the first team all prep. Additionally, Justin played JV lacrosse as a freshman and returned to the sport as a senior on the Varsity team.

When not on the field or court, Justin keeps busy at St. Chris in multiple groups and organizations. He, along with a group of junior and seniors, is a peer advisor to freshmen as they enter upper school.  Justin is also an admissions ambassador which allows him to provide tours to potential parents and students on campus, and he was selected to deliver the keynote address at admission open houses. Through a volunteer program, Chamberlayne to McVey, Justin works with kindergarten students by teaching leadership and character skills as well as helping out in the classroom and building relationships with the children. He was also selected to attend Harold M. Marsh Sr. Connections Institute to learn how to handle prejudice and social injustice in schools as well as how to implement change in his school.

One to spend his time giving back, Justin has been involved in St. Chris’ Missionary Society where he is currently the President. This group carries out chapel services, organizes guest speakers, and create community service projects and fundraisers. He is also involved in RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) where they raise money and then build wheelchair ramps for those who can’t afford them. Justin has spent time with the group 100 for 100. The goal is to raise money then give 100 underprivileged children $100 each to spend at Dicks Sporting Goods for Christmas. The students involved will go shopping with the children and then host a party for them.

Justin has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Justin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 13 – Maddie Goff

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 13 nominee for the Leadership Award is Maddie Goff of Goochland High School. As a member of the National, Math and History Honor Societies, she is ranked at the top of the class with a 4.714 GPA and has consistently been on the Principal’s List for A Honor Roll. As a senior, Maddie was named a recipient of the UVA Jefferson Book Award, and she received the ECCHO Award from the Goochland School District. During her sophomore year, she was selected for both the HOBY Leadership Seminar at JMU and the Science and Technology Camp at Harvard.

Having played on Goochland’s Varsity Volleyball team all four years of school, Maddie was a two time captain. In 2015, the team won the 2A State Championship. As a junior, she was chosen for the first team all conference and the second team all region. Maddie is also a four year member of the Varsity Soccer team at Goochland. Freshman year she pulled double duty on both the JV and Varsity team, serving as a captain of the JV team. During 10th grade, the team made it to the 2A State Semifinals. Maddie has received various awards for soccer including, most improved, first team all conference, and second team all region.

Active in her school, Maddie has involved in numerous groups and clubs. As a junior, she was the Vice President of the Math Honor Society. She has participated in groups such as Young Life, Kolor Me Katie 5k Club and Ultimate Frisbee Club. She is a three year member of the French Club as well as a two time treasurer for the club. Additionally, Maddie was the Junior Class President and currently the Senior Class President.

Maddie has volunteered for numerous organizations throughout high school. Through Byrd Presbyterian Church, she has helped feed the homeless as well as assisted with breakfast for first responders. Maddie helped with a Christmas party at the Meadows Nursing Home, GYAA events, and picked up trash at the Richmond Raceway. She has taken photographs for the Goochland Pet Lovers Silent Auction Catalog. Additionally, Maddie has put her volleyball skills to use by volunteering at the Parks and Rec Volleyball Camp and the Goochland Middle School Volleyball Camp.

Maddie has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Maddie! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 12 – Nate Welles

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Our week 12 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Nate Welles of Atlee High School. With a current 4.56 GPA, he is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish and Latin Honor Societies. He is a full International Baccalaureate student. Nate is a member of the BETA Club and a Hanover Scholar. He received a biology award for academic excellence and was nominated as a Junior Marshall.

Nate is a 4 year Varsity Cross Country, a 4 year Varsity Indoor Track, and a 3 year Varsity Outdoor Track runner at Atlee. He additionally played on the JV soccer team during his freshman year. In 2015, he was part of the conference champion cross country team. The indoor track team took the conference championship in 2016 and 2017, and the outdoor track team won the conference championship in 2017. For indoor track in 2017, Nate took an individual conference championship, was named an All-Region Athlete, and placed 6th during states all for the 4x800m relay.

Ever present in Atlee’s community, Nate is the current Student Council President and was the Junior Class President last year. He is a two year Vice President for the BETA Club, and his is the Spanish Honor Society Vice President. Nate is a four year member of the Key Club and the secretary of the Computer Club. Nate is a founding member of multiple clubs including the Raider Writing Center, the Film Club, and the CMS/IB Alliance. He is also a member of SODA (Student Organization in Developing Attitude), where high school students mentor elementary students to improve self esteem and assist with attitudes and social issues.

An active service participant, Nate was involved in raising over $3,600 for ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation through the Dunkin Donuts Munchkin Run. He has been involved in organizations such as Relevance Rising Guatemala and the Monument 10k. He has spent time with Atlee Loves and the Lollipop Movement. Nate has volunteered by doing trash pick up at RIR and trail cleanup at Atlee. Additionally, Nate has volunteered in various community service projects through the Beta Club, National Honor Society and the Spanish & Latin Honor Societies.

Nate has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Nate! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 11 – Jens Ames

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 11 nominee for the Lexus Leadership Award Scholarship is Jens Ames of St. Christopher’s School. He scored a 1480 out 1600 on his SATs and a 30 out of 36 on his ACT. Jens has a current 3.7 GPA and is an AP Scholar with Honor. He has received academic honors every semester such as the merit list and honors list. Near the end of junior year, Jens was selected by St.Chris’ faculty as the recipient of the West Point Leadership Award. This award is given to students who excel in academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship and leadership.

Being a 3 year varsity football player for St. Chris, Jens was named a captain for his senior season. He plays as a running back, linebacker and defensive end. Following junior year, Jens was selected for the 2nd Team VISSA All-State Team. He is also a 4 year varsity wrestler and a captain for senior year. Junior year, Jens took the VISSA State Championship in his weight class. He was also selected 3 times for the All-State Team and a 2 time All-Metro selection (2nd Team in 10th grade and 1st Team in 11th grade). Jens is also on St. Chris’ All Time Leader Boards for squats at 455 pounds and power clean at 311 pounds.

Active in St. Christopher’s community, Jens is a four year member of the school Honor Council. He was elected onto the council by his classmates, and he is currently the Chairman which is the highest position of leadership in the school. He was selected by school faculty to attend the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference. As a junior, Jens wrote and presented a speech titled “Doing the Right Thing” to his peers while in Chapel. He is also a member of St. Chris’ political awareness club.

Jens has volunteered for multiple organizations throughout high school. He has given time to FeedMore and River City Buddy Ball. He has volunteered for Shady Grove UMC during Vacation Bible School. Jens has also spent time as a summer football camp counselor with St. Christopher’s football team over the past few years.

Jens has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Jens! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 10 – Caroline Daniel

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Caroline Daniel of Douglas S. Freeman High School, Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics is Lexus of Richmond’s week 10 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. She scored a 1560 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT’s, a 790 out of 800 on the SAT Math 2, and a 780 out of 800 on the SAT US History. With a current GPA of 4.54, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Following junior year, Caroline received the honor of an AP Distinguished Scholar having scored 5 perfect scores on her AP Tests.

While attending Douglas Freeman, Caroline has been a member of the varsity field hockey team since 2014 as a defensive center midfielder. As a senior, she was named a co-captain for the team. In 2016, she was selected for the 1st Team All Conference and the All Academic Team.  Since 2015, she has been on the Strikers Club Field Hockey team, and is a co-captain for the 2017 season. Caroline also swam for Freeman during her freshman and sophomore years and played lacrosse as a freshman.

For her senior year, Caroline is a Co-Editor in Chief of her school newspaper, The Commentator. In this role, she manages story assignments, approves page layouts, and sends the paper to the printer among other duties. Having been a part of Freeman’s Spanish Club since 2014, she has taken on the roles of Historian, Vice President and now President. She has been a peer tutor since 9th grade in a program called Wake Up Wednesdays. Caroline is a member of Freeman’s organization, Real Talk. This group discusses various hot button topics that many young people are often afraid to speak on.

Having a strong volunteer presence, Caroline has been involved in numerous causes. She is a volunteer piano teacher for elementary aged students through a program called Musical Mondays. Since the summer of 2016, Caroline has been volunteering for St. Mary’s Hospital. Additionally, she has been involved with the Richmond Folk Festival and Little Feet Meet.

Caroline has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Caroline! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus Leadership Award Week 9 – Cory O’Shea

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 9 nominee for the Leadership Award is Cory O’Shea of Mills E. Godwin High School. Currently ranked first in the class, Cory has a 4.63 GPA and is a member of the National, Science, Spanish, English and Math Honor Societies. He scored 5 perfect scores on his AP Tests, scored a 1500 out of 1600 on the SAT’s, and he scored a perfect 800 on the SAT II Math 2. He received a scholar award as a member of the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Specialty Center at Godwin. Cory has competed in 5 local and state level science fairs. He won 1st place in Environmental Science at the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences and 3rd place at the Metro Richmond Science Fair for Microbiology.

By the end of his high school career at Godwin, Cory will have received 9 varsity letters. As a 3-time varsity starter for the baseball team, Cory is a utility player able to play at 6 different positions. He will be a captain for his senior season. After both 10th and 11th grade, he he was named to the All-Academic All-Conference Team and the Honorable Mention All-Conference Utility Player. Cory is also a four year varsity volleyball player and captain for his senior season. After his junior year, he was selected for the 2nd Team All Conference and the All Academic All Conference teams. As a point guard for the basketball team at Godwin, Cory was chosen as a captain for his senior season and was previously a captain of the freshman and JV teams.

Over this past summer, Cory completed a research internship at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Their research focused on Graph Theory where they conjectured upper and lower limit theorems. The team’s work was also submitted to the Notices of American Mathematical Society for publication. Through Godwin, Cory is a member of the Math Modeling Club. The team attends a two day international competition. Last year, his group was awarded an honorable mention for their final paper at the COMAP International Mathematical Competition in Modeling. Additionally, Cory is Godwin’s Math Honor Society President, and he is a member of both the Key Club and Beta Club.

Cory has volunteered his time through numerous outlets throughout his high school career. He has spent three years tutoring fellow students in math, science and Spanish during his lunch study period at school. He has volunteered for various little leagues and tournaments. Cory has also been a youth sports instructor where he spends time at Godwin’s basketball and baseball summer camps. Each summer, Cory volunteers with the Police Athletic League through Tuckahoe Little League. This program allows for underprivileged children to learn how to play baseball through drills, instruction and coaching.

Cory has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Cory! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 8 – Isabella Dula

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Our week 8 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Isabella Dula of Maggie Walker Governor’s School. With her 5 perfect scores on AP Tests, she is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Isabella currently has a 4.39 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a part of the Italian Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), English Honor Society, and Science Honor Society. In 2016, Isabella received a Gold Medal for the National Italian Exam. Also in 2015, 2016, and 2017, she received a Gold Medal for the National Spanish Exam. Additionally, she has been recognized as a 2018 Commended Student and a 2018 National Hispanic Student in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Currently the team captain, Isabella has been on Maggie Walker’s varsity swim team since 2014. Throughout her high school career, she has taken numerous State Titles individually and on relay teams. She is one of the current 2A Swim & Dive State Champion State Record Holders in the 400 Free Relay. She has also been a part of the 1st place finishers for the 400 Free Relay from 2015 – 2017. In 2015, Isabella took 1st place in the 100 Back and 3rd place for the 200 Free. In 2016, she was the 200 Free Champion and the 200 Free Relay Runner Up. During the 2017 season, she was the Champion of the 200 Medley Relay.

While attending Maggie Walker, Isabella has been active in multiple school organizations. She is a member of the debate team since 2016. Also since 2016, she is a part of the school Italian Club. In 2017, Isabella joined both the Science Club and the Spanish Club. She is a part of the 2018 Math Modeling Team and also participates with the Future Medical Professionals club.

In 2016, Isabella began spending time at the Science Museum of Virginia as a special events volunteer; and in 2017, she became an exhibit interpreter for the museum. She has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics swim meets since 2015. For the current school year, Isabella is a peer math and science tutor at Maggie Walker. Additionally, she has been a volunteer for the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Hospital and for the Henrico County Public Schools.

Isabella has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Isabella! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 7 – Will Forrest

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Lexus of Richmond’s Leadership Award week 7 nominee is Will Forrest of St. Christopher’s School. Currently ranked in his school’s top 5 students, he has a 4.5 GPA. Will is an AP Scholar with Distinction having scored perfect scores on 2 AP Tests. He has received high honors every semester and was awarded for having the second highest GPA of the freshman class. During junior year, Will received the William and Mary Leadership Award after being chosen by St. Chris’ faculty, and he is currently the school’s nominee for the Morehead Scholarship.

Having played St. Chris football, 2 years on varsity, Will plays multiple positions including; defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback. Following his junior season, he collected several honors. He was named to the First Team All State, First Team All Prep, and All Metro Honorable Mention. Additionally at St. Chris, Will has previously been on the basketball and lacrosse teams.

Will has been heavily involved in various organizations during his time at St. Christopher’s. Having co-founded MIND (Mental Illness Needs Discussion), Will is now the head of the group which allows students to openly discuss mental health issues including depression or anxiety. He is a member of the Middle School Mentors program and is currently the head of the Peer Advisory  Program. Both of these groups involve upper school students guiding the younger students through either middle school or high school. As a member of Saints for Social Justice, Will helps promote diversity and facilitates conversations regarding social justice. Will is also in St. Chris’ Glee Club as well as The Beaux Ties, an acapella group.

Through St. Christopher’s, Will is a three year member of the 100 for 100 Project. This group works together to raise money from local businesses in order to give underprivileged children a shopping day at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Each child receives a $100 gift card, and they are accompanied by the students from St. Chris as they shop. Will has also spent time volunteering for Houlagan’s Rest dog shelter. During this time, he was able to train and help rehabilitate abandoned or abused dogs. For his Eagle Scout Project, Will took on building boxes to help save endangered warbler birds. These housing boxes are located along the Mattaponi and Pamunkey River.

Will has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Will! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 6 – Peter King

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 6 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Peter King of Cosby High School. Currently ranked at the top of his class, Peter has a 4.98 GPA and has been on the distinguished honor roll since freshman year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). Having scored three perfect 5’s on his AP Tests, he is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Peter has received numerous Academic Awards in school for classes such as: Honors AP Calculus, Honors AP Statistics, and Honors AP Biology to name a few.

As a defender/center back on Cosby’s varsity soccer team, Peter will be a two time captain in his senior season. He has been recognized as a two time First Team All Conference player and two time First Team All Region player. Following his junior year he was named to the First Team All State. Additionally, he is a two time First Team All Metro player, and he has twice received a Scholar Athlete Award. While a freshman and sophomore, Peter played with the Richmond United US Soccer Development Academy. As a junior and now a senior, Peter is on the FC Richmond Soccer Club as a two time captain.

Peter has been a part of Cosby’s Spanish Club since his freshman year and the Varsity Club since sophomore year. He has been in the Beta Club since 10th grade. As a part of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Math Honor Society, Peter has been a math tutor since his second year of high school. Following junior year, he was able to participate in a Study Abroad trip in Spain where he lived with a local host family.

As an active participant in the community, Peter has spent time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He is a St. Constantine and St. Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral Acolyte where  he participates in the service and procession of the church. With RVAccess, a program through Richmond Kickers, Peter is a soccer coach for special needs athletes. Since freshman year, he has worked with the children on building their skills and the love of the game.

Peter has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Peter! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 5 – Megan Lee

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Megan Lee of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 5 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. As a National Honor Society member and the current treasurer, she has a 4.66 GPA and scored a 1510 out of 1600 on the SAT’s. Megan has scored 5 perfect fives on her AP Tests and is now an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is a member and current president of the National Art Honor Society. Additionally, she is in the French, Science and English Honor Societies. Megan has received the Salem College Junior Book Award, and she is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student.

An active runner, Megan has been on Maggie Walker’s varsity cross country team for all 4 years of high school. She is also on the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. All three teams (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track) are three time defending 2A State Champions. In the spring of 2015, Megan took third place at the Outdoor Track Regionals in the 3200m run. In 2017, she placed third at the Indoor Track State Finals and the Outdoor Track State Finals for the 3200m run.

Since freshman year, Megan has been heavily involved at Maggie Walker. Currently the president, Megan has been in the Creative Writing Club since 9th grade. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Borogove, a student literary magazine which is connected to the Creative Writing Club. Since 9th grade, Megan has been a part of the French Club and the Art Club, the later of which she is the President. She has also been in student organizations including; the Fellowship of Christian Students Club, the Student Council Association, and Club Asia.

With Ironbridge Baptist Church, Megan has collected over 100 hours of service time as a volunteer since 2013. She is an assistant teacher for the 3-5 year old Sunday School class and has led the 3-5 year old Vacation Bible School class. Megan has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at both CC Wells and Crestwood Elementary for their summer school programs. Beyond this, Megan has also spent time as a camp counselor for the VCU Creative Arts Day Camp and the Petersburg Area Art League Summer Camp.

Megan has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Megan! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!