Each week will feature one new high school senior student athlete. Every student featured will have been nominated by their respective school officials. The nominees are all qualified individuals who excel in the classroom, in athletics, in extra circulars, and are heavily involved in their community. At the end of the school year, the 30 nominees will be celebrated with a banquet where a winner will be announced, and he or she will receive a $10,000 scholarship!
The 23rd Annual Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award program had another excellent with year with 30 incredible, high school senior nominees! We hope you enjoyed getting to know these student-athlete scholarship nominees as we did this past school year. Our winner was chosen based on academic performance, athletic achievement, extra curricular activities and contributions to the community.
Lexi Long of Deep Run High School, Center for Information Technology Specialty School, was named the 23rd winner of our scholarship program on Monday, May 14, 2018. Lexi will be attending Stanford University in the fall to study computer science and engineering. While in high school Lexi was the President of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the Science National Honor Society, Computer Science Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, and Lexi scored a 35 out of 36 on the ACT test. For the SATs Lexi scored a 1510 out of 1600 having a perfect math score of 800.
Having spent 4 years on the Varsity Soccer team, Lexi was selected as the captain for her senior season. In 2016 she was the leading goal scorer and won the most improved player award. She received accolades such as 1st Team All Conference, 1st Team All Region, and 2nd Team All State. Additionally she lettered two times for Varsity Gymnastics. Outside of athletics, Lexi was the Center for Information Technology Historian. She served as the Vice President for the Girls of the Center for Information Technology club. Lexi was the Student Council Association Class Historian. She was even selected for the Henrico County Student Congress representing Deep Run. Additionally Lexi was a member of Deep Run organizations such as: Beta Club, Key Club and the Programming Team.
Giving back to the community plays a significant role in our scholarship, and Lexi is certainly no exception! Lexi spent time with the organization Caritas. She participated in a mission trip to Raleigh, North Carolina. Lexi was a member of the student organization SODA (Student Organization for Developing Attitudes). The SODA club is a group of high school students who mentor elementary children to help improve self esteem and assist with attitudes and social issues. She tutored fellow students at school in math and science, and she volunteered with various events put on at Deep Run and for the Center for Information Technology.
We at Lexus of Richmond applaud Lexi for her academic achievement, athletic skill, commitment to extra curricular activities and time spent helping the community. We are pleased to present and support this outstanding young lady. We know Lexi will continue to excel as she moves forward and continues to experience amazing.
Lexus of Richmond is proud to present Lexi Long of Deep Run High School as the week 30 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. An AP Scholar with Distinction she is the expected valedictorian with an overall 4.7 GPA. She scored a 1510 out of 1600 on the SATs, a 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math 2, and a 35 out of 36 on the ACTs. Lexi is a member of the National Honor Society where she is currently serving as the President. She is a member of the Math Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and the Computer Science National Honor Society. A two time Principal’s Award recipient, Lexi has received a Wildcat Scholar Award for both Foreign Language and Science. She has received a NOCTI Web Design Certification and a Certificate of Distinction Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Woman and IT.
While attending Deep Run, Lexi has been a 4 year Varsity Soccer player. She plays midfield and forward, and as a senior she was a captain of the team. In 2016 she received the Most Improved Award and was the team’s leading goal scorer. She has been named to the 1st Team All Conference, 1st Team All Region, and the 2nd Team All State. Lexi has been a two year member of the Varsity Gymnastics team and was a captain for her senior season. In 2017 she received the Spirit Award, and in 2018 she was selected for the coaches award. She also took on one year of Varsity Swimming at Deep Run. Outside of her school athletic career, Lexi has participated in 14 years of club soccer with the Richmond United ENCL Club and 14 years of The Dominion Club Summer Swimming.
As a part of Deep Run’s Center for Information Technology, Lexi has been Class Representative for the Speciality Center. She has been a part of the Girls of the Center for Information Technology club, and has served as their Vice President and the Historian. She was selected to represent Deep Run as a freshman and sophomore for the Henrico County Student Congress. As a part of this group, students from each high school in the county hold meetings to discuss ideas on bringing the community together. She has served on her school’s Student Council Association and was the Class Historian. Lexi has been a member of the Beta Club, Key Club and Programming Club. In 2016 she attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, and in 2017 Lexi was selected for the American Legion Auxiliary Virginia Girls State.
Involved in numerous organizations, Lexi is no stranger to giving back to her community. Through her school she is a math and science tutor for her peers. She has also volunteered and run several events a the Center for Information Technology. Lexi has been middle school mentor through a program called SODA. She is a 7 year volunteer for the Wyndham Swim and Racquet Club. Lexi has spent time with Caritas, and she has participated in a mission trip to Raleigh, NC. In 2015 Lexi was even recognized as the ENCL S’hero Community Leader of the Month.
Lexi 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 Lexi! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 29 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Kyle Thielsch of The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill. Having a 4.63 GPA, Kyle scored a 1550 out of a possible 1600 on the SATs and a 35 out of a possible 36 on the ACTs. He received a perfect score of 800 on the SAT Math 2, and he earned 5 perfect scores on his AP tests as well. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is the tutoring coordinator for Clover Hill. Kyle is a part of the National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Tri-M Honor Society. He has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar. Through Clover Hill he has received both the Freshman Math and Science High School Math Award and the Math and Science Excellence Award.
A four year Varsity Soccer midfielder for Clover Hill, Kyle was the captain for his final season. As a freshman and a sophomore Kyle was selected for the 2nd Team All Conference. Following his junior year he was named to the 1st Team All Conference as a defender. Kyle played two years of travel soccer for FC Richmond as a defender. Since sophomore year Kyle has taken up dance classes at Marianne Kelley’s School of Dance in order to better his ability to learn choreography and to better his performances for the Clover Hill Show Choir.
During his years at Clover Hill, Kyle has participated in several organizations. He is a member of the Student Council Association and the Beta Club. He is the President of the Cavalier Crazies, a student spirit organization. Kyle is a member of the school Show Choir and is currently the dance captain. He additionally has participated in various school musicals. Kyle played Emmett in Legally Blonde, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Schroeder in Charlie Brown: The Musical.
Having a passion for soccer, Kyle has volunteered for the Special Olympics annually and U4 Soccer as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior he spent his time as an assistant coach for the Robious Middle School Boys Soccer Team. Through Clover Hill, Kyle volunteered for Stuff the Truck. The students collected supplies to send to victims of the floods in West Virginia in 2016. As a junior and senior, Kyle has been a freshman mentor to assist in the transition into high school, and he is an ambassador for the Math and Science High School at Clover Hill.
Kyle 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 Kyle! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 28 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Ellie Angle of the Collegiate School. Having been on the Dean’s List every semester, Ellie has a current 4.38 GPA and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. She scored a 1510 out of a possible 1600 on the SATs and a 34 out of 36 on the ACTs. Additionally on the SAT II tests, out of a possible 800, she scored a 720 on the US History exam and a 790 on the Mathematics 2 exam. Ellie has earned 4 perfect scores on her AP Exams. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and has received the Virginia Courtney Simpson Award for Economics.
While attending Collegiate, Ellie has been an active participant in various sports in the athletics department. She was named a co-captain to the Varsity Field Hockey team where she plays as a defender and starter. She is also a defender and starter on the Varsity Lacrosse team. Ellie is on the Varsity Swimming and Varsity Diving team where she specializes in freestyle individual relay events. During 3 of her 4 seasons, she placed in the top 8 divers at the VISAA States Competition.
Throughout her high school years, Ellie has been involved in numerous activities. She is a member of Collegiate’s peer tutoring club and a participant in their Honors Dance program. Outside of her school activities, Ellie is a classically trained pianist having taken lessons since kindergarten. She is a Strikers Club Lacrosse player and a swim instructor at the Country Club of Virginia. As a part of the Country Club of Virginia’s swim and dive team, Ellie is the senior leader and winner of both the J Fitzgerald Award and the Dive Cup.
As a student, Ellie and other members of her class listened to a local Holocaust survivor who visited Collegiate. The survivor told their specific story and shared their memories to the class as the students wrote everything down. Afterwards the students worked together to produce a collective story for the Holocaust Museum of Richmond. Through Shalom Farms, Ellie planted fruits and vegetables which are grown for low income families and communities who may not otherwise have access to healthy foods. Through the Fairy Godmother Club at Collegiate, Ellie helped organize a prom for teens at Jackson Feild Home. This home is for children who have endured trauma, mental illness or addiction. She has additionally helped organize and set up the prom for autistic children and young adults at the Faison School.
Ellie 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 Ellie! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond presents Carter Bristow of Douglas S. Freeman High School as the week 27 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. Carter is currently ranked first in her graduating class of 392 students with a 4.63 GPA. She has received 3 perfect scores on her AP tests and a 1410 on the SATs. Carter was recognized with a Distinguished Rebel Award for math as a freshman and junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.
A four year member of Freeman’s Varsity Swim Team, Carter also belongs to NOVA Swimming and will be a part of University of Virginia’s swim team next year. She was the captain for her final season at Freeman, and she is a 4 time MVP. She has claimed four school records during her time in the pool, and is a regional champion in four different events. As a junior she became a state champion and was selected as a Swimming Scholastic All-American. She was selected to the Virginia All Star team as a sophomore, junior and senior. Following her 10th and 11th grade seasons, Carter was named to the Richmond All Metro team, and the Richmond Times Dispatch recognized her as a Scholar Athlete of the Month during her senior year.
Throughout every year of high school Carter has been a peer tutor for Algebra and Geometry SOL Remediation. As a senior, she joined the Beta Club and the We the People National Team which is a National Constitution Competition. She has also been involved in Freeman’s Rebellettes Club and Spanish Club.
Giving back to the community, Carter has participated with several organizations or causes throughout high school. She has been a peer math tutor, a volunteer for Festivals and a volunteer for Little Feet Meet. This past summer, Carter worked as an intern for the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. She has been a group planner every year of high school for the Goochland Christmas Mother. Additionally, Carter has been a spring clinic helper for the Westwood Swim Team for the past four years.
Carter 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 Carter! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond is proud to present Emily Mendelson of the Collegiate School as our week 26 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With her current 4.31 GPA she is ranked in the top 15% of her graduating class, and she is a member of the Cum Laude Honor Society. Emily received the Hirschler Science Research Award and the Elizabeth Bryson Powell Economics Award. In 2017 she was a FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Finalist. In 2016 Emily was the FIRST Chesapeake District Champion and the FIRST Hampton Roads District Champion.
While attending Collegiate, Emily has competed on the Varsity Winter Track team for six years and the Varsity Spring Track team for four seasons. For her time on the winter track team, Emily has been recognized as the MVP as a junior and senior. She has also received the Coaches Award and Rookie of the Year Award. For spring track Emily was awarded the MVP Award in 2017 and the Award for Excellence in 2016. Additionally she was selected for the ALL League of Independent Schools team and the All State team in 2015. In 2017 Emily set a school record in the 4x100m, and she qualified and ran in 2 events at the Penn Relays.
As a member of Collegiate’s Robotics Team, Emily is the captain and leader of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). She is a member and currently the President of the Darr-Davis Investment Board at Collegiate. This group manages a portfolio worth $100,000 and works together to grow and develop their investments. As a junior and now senior, Emily works on the school Yearbook. She is the Arts and Campus Life Editor where she focuses on the day-to-day life of the students as well as occurrences such as homecoming, field trips or the spring play.
Since 2015, Emily has been a peer tutor for other students at Collegiate in subjects such as: physics, chemistry, pre-calculus, geometry and Chinese. During her freshman and sophomore years she was a classroom assistant at St. Andrews. Emily has volunteered her time to help people around the Richmond area with groups like Caritas and The Doorways.
Emily 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 Emily! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 25 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Joe Paul of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. Joe scored a 1510 out of 1600 on his SATs and has a current 4.34 overall GPA. He is a two year member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and the Thomas Jefferson History Honor Society as well a three year member of the National Spanish Honor Society.
Joe is a 4 year member of the Wrestling team, Cross Country team, Indoor Track team and the Outdoor Track team. During senior year he was the captain of all four teams. As a wrestler, he is a three time conference finalist and two time conference champion. He is a three time regional finalist and two time regional champion. Joe won the State Championship as a sophomore and senior. As a senior he went 32-0, and his career record is 109-9. Through cross country, Joe has been named to the All Conference Team, All Region Team, and All State Team twice each. The Team won the State Championship all four years from 2014-2017. With indoor track, Joe is a two time State qualifier for both pole vaulting and the two mile. On the outdoor track team, Joe has been named to the All Conference Team twice for pole vault and two mile. He has also been selected for pole vaulting as a two time All Region Team and two time All State Team.
As a freshman at Maggie Walker, Joe co-founded the Frisbee club and is currently the President as a senior. During 10th and 11th grade, he was a member of the Debate Team at school, and the group qualified and competed at States. Joe was also a member and chair of the Model Congress. Having been inducted in the National History Honor Society, Joe is currently the treasurer for the group. Additionally, he is a member of the Spanish Club and Chess Club.
Being a co-founder and President of the Frisbee club in school, Joe is also the organizer of the Maggie Walker Charity Frisbee Tournament. In order to participate in the tournament, teams will either pay a fee or donate canned goods. The donations and money are delivered to Feedmore RVA. Joe has spent time as a teachers aide for Prince George County Schools Summer Enrichment program from 2014-2016. Additionally, he has been a library aide at L.L. Beazley Elementary School as well as a referee for Powhatan Youth Wrestling.
Joe 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 Joe! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 24 Leadership Award nominee is Grace Wielar of St. Catherine’s School. With a 4.1 overall GPA, Grace has received honors every semester of high school. Following her end of year AP Tests, she was named an AP Scholar. In 2017 Grace was selected as a USA Swimming Scholastic All American based on the combination of her GPA and swimming time standards.
Having been on St. Catherine’s Varsity Swim Team since 8th grade, Grace has received 5 Varsity Letters, and is the captain of the team for her senior year. Having qualified for States in 2014, she became a State Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was named to the All State Team in seven events in 2015, 2016 and 2017. For the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Grace was named to the All League of Independent Schools in 2017. She was recognized as part of the Richmond Times Dispatch All Metro Team in 2017. Grace is a member of the 2017 VISAA State Championship winning team, and she is the State Champion of the 200 medley relay. She holds 6 school records in the pool at St. Catherine’s, and in 2017 she was the recipient of the Golden Goggles Award (MVP). She has also recently committed to swim for Villanova next year.
Outside of athletics, Grace is involved with her church youth group and is a part of various groups at St. Catherine’s. She is a member of the Speak-Up Club which focuses on mental health, personal reflection and suicide awareness/prevention. She is a Student Ambassador where Grace leads prospective students and parents on tours of the school. Grace was additionally a part of the school’s 125th Anniversary Greeting Committee. Other organizations she participates with include: surfrider club, a dance group Joni and the knitting club.
Committed to giving back to her community, Grace is involved with numerous worthy groups and causes. With her passion for swimming, she volunteers with the Special Olympics and at swim clinics and master swim meets. She spends time with the Saturday Academy at St. Christopher’s for underprivileged children in RVA. Grace has spent time with Feedmore, the Hilliard House and Tool Bank as well.
Grace 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 Grace! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Courtney Rosser of Hanover High School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 23 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. As a part of her graduating class’ top 10, she has a current 4.65 GPA and has been in the National Honor Society since 2016. For her senior year, Courtney has held the position of Events Chair in the NHS where she organizes fundraisers and events for the group. She is a member of the Beta Club, and is a Hanover Scholar as she has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school. In 2017 Courtney received the West Point Society of Richmond Leadership Award for excellent performance in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
As a four year member of Hanover’s Varsity Soccer team, Courtney plays defensive midfield and center defense, and she is the captain for her senior season. In 2017 she received the Defensive Player of the Year Award from Hanover. In 2016 and 2017 she was named to the 1st Team All Conference. In 2016 she was selected for the 2nd Team All Region. During both her junior and senior years, Courtney additionally played for the Richmond Kickers Elite Soccer Team, and in 2017 the team won the Women and Girls in Soccer Championship. Courtney additionally runs indoor track where she qualified for States in the 4x800m and the 2 mile. On the cross country team, she was a Regional and State runner for the 5k.
Since 2015, Courtney has been a part of the Student Organization for Developing Attitudes (SODA). Through this organization she prepared lesson plans for 4th graders and worked to help these students make positive choices in life and better their community. She has also been involved in Teachers for Tomorrow. As a Teacher Cadet, Courtney worked in a 2nd grade classroom to prepare and then teach lesson plans.
During her time in her Church Youth Group, Courtney has participated in mission trips to Lynchburg and Alabama. During these two trips she spent time scrapping paint off of houses and repainting, trimming rose bushes, cutting grass and weeding gardens. Courtney has volunteered for her high school by setting up for prom and helping in the concession stand during basketball games. She has also been involved with other organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Rise Against Hunger.
Courtney 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 Courtney! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!