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 $25,000 scholarship!
For this very special Silver Anniversary, our 25th winner will receive $25,000 as well as the prestigious title of the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Winner!
Lexus of Richmond’s 30th and final nominee for the 24th Leadership Award Scholarship is Nick Viers of Douglas S. Freeman High School. With a current 4.6 GPA, he is ranked 7th in his graduating class. Having earned 4 perfect AP test scores, he is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He scored a 1410 out of 1600 on the SAT test and a 33 out of 36 on the ACT exam. Nick is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He is also a member of the Beta Club, and Nick has received a Virginia Board of Education Seal of Biliteracy.
Away from the classroom setting, Nick is active is his school’s community. He is the Founder and President of the Douglas Freeman Relay for Life team. He leads the group in various activities and fundraising to benefit cancer research. The group has even won a Rising Star Award for their fundraising efforts. Nick has server as his class treasurer and is a member of the Model UN Club. He was accepted into the FBI Summer Youth Academy where he learned about the FBI and their protocols as well as tools or weapons and heard stories from spies and agents. As a member of the We the People team at Freeman, a Civics Competition Team, Nick recently competed in the National Championship where Freeman finished in 6th place overall.
As a freshman Nick began his swim career at Douglas Freeman with their club level team. The swim team became recognized as a Varsity Sport for his sophomore season. He was chosen as the team MVP for his senior season. Nick has been named to the Scholastic All American team in 2017, 2018 and 2019. For his senior season the team won the VHSL 5A State Championship becoming the first high school in Henrico Country to take a swimming title. Nick is the State Champ in the 200 Free Relay and the State Runner-Up in the 100 Fly and 100 Back. He was recognized on the All Metro and All State Teams for his senior year. Nick has been selected for the Virginia Swimming All star Team. Outside of his school team he has also been swimming for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics since he was seven years old. Nick will continue his career next school year as a part of Duke University’s swim team.
As the founder and president of the Freeman Relay for Life team, Nick has lead the fundraising efforts which have garnered winning a Rising Star Award.He has spent time volunteering for Little Feet Meet through the Special Olympics. He is a peer tutor at school through the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. Nick has aided and assisted with various Freeman events including: yard sales, trunk or treat, and canned food drives. For 6 years Nick has been the NOVA of Virginia Recycling Coordinator.
Nick 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 Nick! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Our week 29 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Scholarship is Julia Galbraith of St. Catherine’s School. Julia has been awarded the Aiesi Scholarship Award and the Pinckney Scholarship Award, both from St. Catherine’s. The two scholarships are based on merit, character, and leadership qualities. Julia has received National Honors for her efforts on the Youth Chinese Test for four years in a row. She is a participant in the Intensive Studies Program at St. Catherines where she focuses on STEM courses; Julia is building a robot for her capstone project in this program. She was chosen to attend the Science Museum of VA STEM Conferences twice in 2017. In 2018 Julia was selected to attend the GAINS STEM Conference in New York. Julia has held a Biotechnology Internship and Pediatric Emergency Room Internship both at VCU.
While at St. Catherine’s, Julia has been one member of only ten students in the Honor Council since freshman year. Throughout her high school years, Julia has been a Student Ambassador giving tours to prospective students and faculty. She became a Peer Advisor as a junior, and she is currently the Co-President. As a sophomore Julia joined both the Chinese Club and Medical Club; she is the current Co-President of the Medical Club. Julia has also spent time as a youth soccer league referee, and she has been a lifeguard for organizations like the Philadelphia Quarry, St. Catherine’s and Douglas Aquatics.
In her time at St. Catherine’s, Julia has participated with several teams. She has been on the Varsity Indoor Track team since freshman year. Julia was selected for the All Metro team in 2017 and 2018. At the All League of Independent Schools tournament, she placed 1st in the 3200m in 2017. While at States, Julia has finished 3rd in the 1600m in 2017 and 2019 as well as 3rd in the 3200m in 2017, 2018 and 2019. As part of the 4×800 relay team Julia helped set a new school record during her senior season; the relay team finished 3rd at New Balance Nationals in 2019. As a 2 season member of the Cross Country team, Julia was a Captain for her senior year. She was All LIS and All State in 2017 and 2018. Julia has been on the Varsity Soccer team since 8th grade, and she was on the Varsity Field Hockey team as a sophomore. She has been on a total of 8 State Championship teams. In the fall Julia will continue her running career as a part of the United States Naval Academy cross country and track teams.
Throughout her high school years Julia has participated in numerous service projects. For the past four years she has assisted with the Jacob’s Chance Organization by helping youth with special needs in athletics. She volunteered at the Science Museum of Virginia by working with 3D printers to build handicapped accessible exhibits. Julia spent 15 volunteer hours with Full STEAM Ahead which is an event for middle school girls in STEM. She has also spent additional time with elementary girls at her school in STEM projects and activities. Julia has volunteered for her brother to help him complete his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Project. She has spent 35 hours volunteering for races through: Richmond Road Runners, Endorphin Fitness, and Sports Backers. Julia has also given her time to Housing Families First, Caritas, Stop Hunger Now, Safe Haven, and Colonial Heights Food Pantry.
Julia 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 Julia! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s 28th weekly nominee for the Lexus Leadership Award is Jacob Moss of Powhatan High School. With a current 4.416 GPA Jacob is ranked in the top 3 of his class. He scored a 1420 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT exam and he earned a total of 6 perfect scores on his AP exams. Jacob is a member of the National English Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and National Science Honor Society. He was selected to be a Junior Marshall, and Jacob received an Academic Excellence Award for the 2017-18 school year. Jacob is a two time nominee for the 2019 Sports Backers Student-Athlete of the Month Award.
Outside of academics, Jacob is member of several Powhatan High School organizations. He participates with the Future Business Leaders of America; they were State Qualifiers for their business plan. Jacob is also involved with the PHS Chieftains. Jacob is a Chemistry Club Officer, and he is a member of both the Interact Club and the Guitar Club. Outside of school, Jacob spends time with the Blackhawk Gym and Youth Wrestling Club in Powhatan.
In the athletic arena, Jacob is a member of the Powhatan wrestling and football teams. A Varsity Football player since sophomore year, he has played QB, LB, K and P. Jacob has served as a captain for both the JV and Varsity football team. He has been on the Varsity Wrestling team since 2015. In 2018, he was selected for the 1st Team All District and 2nd Team All Region for the 182 lbs weight class. He was also a 4A State Qualifier in 2018. He received the Mike Walter Most Improved Wrestler Award as a junior. For his senior season Jacob was the Arrowhead Invitational Champion, and he was awarded the team Coaches’ Award. He was selected to the 2019 1st Team All District for the 195 weight class. Jacob was the 4B Regional Runner-Up, and he finished the State Championship in 5th place. Jacob is a 4x nominee for the C&F Bank Athlete of the Week for the Powhatan Today paper.
Active in his community, Jacob has dedicated his time to numerous groups. He volunteers for the Blackhawk Nonprofit Youth Development Center, and he participated with the Mike Walter T-Shirt Fundraiser. In 2017 and 2018 he was Powhatan Tribe Youth Football Camp Counselor. He has volunteered for the Powhatan High School Show Choir Classic and the Country Kickin’ ALS Awareness Event and Fundraiser. Jacob is also involved in the Powhatan Amnesty Recycling Event and the Powhatan County Earth Day Celebration.
Jacob 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 Jacob! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s 27th weekly nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Devin Hux of The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill. Having a current 4.28 GPA, Devin is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish HonorSociety, National English Honor Society, National History Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She has received the Clover Hill Green and Gold Award for being a well rounded student and striving for excellence. Devin is industry certified in Autodesk Inventor Pro Software. She was selected to participate in C-Tech^2 at Virginia Tech. This two week program for junior and senior girls allows them to complete in an engineering design competition. Additionally Devin is a Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar through NASA.
Outside the classroom Devin is a member of numerous groups at Clover Hill. She is 4 year member of the Student Council Association. She is a 2 year member of the Chesterfield County Youth Services Board. The board is made of 42 participants, and she serves as a liaison for programming for the county’s 60,000 students. Devin is a 3 year member of her school’s Programming Team and currently the Co-President. She is a Clover Hill Senior Advisory Council Member, and she was the sophomore class treasurer. Devin is also a member of the Beta Club and the Spanish Club. She has been involved in the organizations and execution of the Chesterfield County Outstanding Youth Awards. Devin was crowned the 2018 Homecoming Queen. She is a Clover Hill Freshman Mentor. Additionally Devin is working towards becoming an Inspire U.S. representative where the goal is to register younger voters by making the process accessible in schools.
A 4 year member of the Clover Hill Tennis Team, Devin has been the #1 seed every season. She was chosen to be a captain for both junior and senior year. Devin has been named the team Most Valuable Player as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She has been to the Conference Playoffs for Singles and Doubles every season so far. For Doubles, Devin and her partner have been to the Regional Tournament as well. Devin has also previously been a member of her school’s swimming and volleyball teams. Devin additionally has played tennis for the USTA Junior Tennis Team for 8 years. She is a Richmond Junior Tennis Circuit Girl’s Singles Champion and a two time finalist.
Devin earned her Girl Scout Silver Award by organizing a community book drive which totaled over 60 service hours. She has participated in numerous activities and service projects through the Girl Scouts including donation drives for animal shelters and making valentines for veterans. Devin served as the leader of “You’ve Been Ask’d” in Woodlake for 2018. The efforts raised over $4,000 for ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation. Though the National Honor Society she has participated in service projects including dog adoption fairs, Angel Tree donation drives, and assisting food banks. She is a volunteer tennis assistant at the Woodlake Swim and Racquet Club. Other organizations she has giver her time to include: CARITAS, Chesterfield County Fine Arts Festival, Mercy Mall, and Chesterfield County STEAMania.
Devin 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 Devin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond presents Isabelle Bauer of Cosby High School as our 26th nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. Having a 4.45 GPA, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society. Isabelle is a member of the National Art Honor Society and is the President for her senior year. She is additionally a three year member of the Beta Club. Isabelle was selected as the Freshman Visual Arts Student of the Year and the Sophomore Visual Arts Student of the Year. In 2018 she was named the Junior Photography Student of the Year. In 2017 Isabelle was selected as the Scholastic Art and Writing, Silver Key Award Recipient.
While in her sophomore year, Isabelle became a published illustrator. Mark Ricketts, the author, contacted Isabelle to have contribute to his book “Socco and Slurpie in PE Class”. She completed her illustrations over a five month time period. This book has since been sold online and locally to the author. In 2017 and 2018 Isabelle was an Assistant Coach for the Westerleigh Warriors Swim Team, and she is currently the Head Coach for the 2019 season.
Since 2016 Isabelle has been a member of the Cosby Varsity Swim Team. She holds 5 school records, those being: 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay. For her 2019 senior season, she was a Regional Finalist in the 50 Free (2nd), 100 Back (2nd), 200 Medley Relay (2nd), and 400 Free Relay (1st). After qualifying for five events at States, Isabelle placed on the 100 Free (14th), 200 Medley Relay (14th), and 400 Free Relay (14th). Isabelle was a 2018 State Finalist for the 200 Free Relay (14th) and the 400 Free Relay (14th). She was a 2018 Regional Finalist for the 50 Free (3rd), 100 Free (2nd), 200 Free Relay (3rd), and the 400 Free Relay (1st). Outside of Cosby, Isabelle has been on the Poseidon Swim Team since 2016. She was named their “Breakout Swimmer of the Year” in 2017 and the “Swimmer of the Year” in 2018. Isabelle will be continuing her swim career in the fall as a member of the swim team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Throughout her high school year, Isabelle has been active in serving her community. She has helped organize blanket and clothing drives during the winter from 2016 – 2019 to aide the Richmond Friends of the Homeless. In 2017 Isabelle fostered 3 kittens through the Henrico Humane Society. To assist with the Grange Hall Elementary School Fall Festival, Isabelle has given her time to face paint and create haunted house props. She has also helped Grange Hall with their Bingo Fundraising Night. Since 2016 Isabelle has helped the Poseidon Swim Team with tracking swim times and awarding ribbons at meets. She is currently creating a recruiting/marketing video for the Poseidon Hanover Swim Team.
Isabelle 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 Isabelle! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond presents the 25th weekly nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship, Alex Brown of St. Christopher’s School. Having a current 4.4 GPA, Alex has been on the High Honors List every semester. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, and he scored a 1510 out of 1600 on the SAT exam. He was recognized for the Best 10th Grade World History Research Paper. Alex was awarded the Williams Book Award. Additionally Alex was St. Chris’ nominee for both the Belk Scholarship at Davidson College and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Voted into the Honor Council by his peers, Alex is serving as the Chairman for his senior year. The council investigates potential honor offenses, determine a fair verdict and recommends a punishment if necessary. As the Chairman Alex organizes programs and addresses the student body on the topic of honor. He is a peer advisor to a group of freshman at St. Chris. Alex is a member of the investment club as a sector leader in the group, and he is an artist focusing on drawing, painting, and photography. Over the summer of 2018, Alex held an internship with Shagbark Restaurant. He was able to shadow the pastry chef and help prep and plate the food being served. By the end of the internship Alex created his own dessert, and it sold at the restaurant for three nights. Following college, Alex wants to attend the Culinary Institute of America and pursue a Baking and Pastry Arts Degree.
Alex is an active participant on the St. Chris golf team. He was on the JV Team as a freshman, followed by 3 years on the Varsity Team. Alex is a co-captain for his senior season. In 2017 the team won the State Championship. Later, the team was the 2018 Prep League Champion. Outside of golf, Alex played on the JV Soccer Team for two years.
All throughout high school Alex has assisted with All Saints Preschool. He has helped clearing nature trails, rearranging classrooms, and setting up events. Alex has volunteered for the Anna Julia Cooper School. With the AJC he would help the students with their classwork and assist the teachers with various tasks. With the Saturday Academy at St. Chris, Alex will tutor local inner city children with their homework and then play sports or games with the children.
Alex 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 Alex! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s 24th weekly nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Will Pomeroy of Midlothian High School. Consistently on the Distinguished Honor Roll, Will has a current GPA of 4.77 which ranks him 4th in his graduating class. He scored a 1430 on the SAT out of a possible 1600, and he is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Will is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Business Honor Society. In his time at Midlothian, Will has been recognized as a Student of the Month and a Male Student of the Year. He has also received the Core Value Award. Will is a Jefferson Scholar Nominee and a Jefferson Book Award Recipient.
While attending Midlothian, Will has been involved with numerous activities and organizations. He is currently the President of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) with nearly 200 members in the school. Will is also a member of the DECA Club which focuses on business, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. He is involved in the Latin Club and the Young Life Club. Will is a part of the Sidekick Program where he assists with incoming freshman, and he is a member of the Stocks Club and Battle of the Brains.
A three sport Varsity athlete, Will is a part of the Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse teams. He was selected as a captain for all three teams as a senior, and he serves on the leadership council representing the football team. Will is a starting wide receiver and defensive back on the football field. As a junior he was recognized for the Honorable Mention All Region Team, and as a senior he was named to the 2nd Team All Region. Having been on varsity basketball all four years of school, Will is a starting point guard for the team; he was an All Region Honorable Mention as a junior. Also a starter for lacrosse, Will is a four year varsity player as a midfielder and face-off man. He was selected for the 2nd Team All Metro as a sophomore and junior and the 2nd Team All State as a sophomore. Will was selected for the 1st Team All Region following his 10th and 11th grade seasons, as a freshman he received a 2nd Team All Region nod. He is also a two time recipient of the 1st Team All Conference selection.
Throughout his high school career, Will has volunteered for the Medford Basketball League. Through this league he helps with basketball games during the school day which are played by special needs students. He has also assisted with the Midlothian Trojans Kids Basketball Camp every year. Along with his teammates Will has helped with the Trojan 40 Lacrosse Camp. As a part of the football team he also helps with table set up at Winfree Baptist Church.
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 presents Katlyn Hicks from Powhatan High School as our 23rd nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. Ranked 5th in her graduating class, Katlyn has a current 4.4 GPA. Katlyn is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She is a member of six honor societies, including: the National Honor Society, National Math HS, National Science HS, National Art HS, National English HS, and the National Spanish HS. Katlyn has received Virginia High School League academic Excellence Awards every year from 2015 – 2018. As a member of the Advanced College Academy, Katlyn will graduate high school with an associates degree from Reynolds Community College. She has received the National America Miss Virginia Academic Excellence Award. Katlyn is also recognized as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for high schools and two year colleges.
Outside of the classroom, Katlyn is highly involved in school organizations. She is the National English Honors Society Artistic Chairman, the National Art Honors Society Public Affairs Officer, and the National Honors Society Secretary. Katlyn is a Student Ambassador for Powhatan and a Student Lunch Group Assistant. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. Katlyn is a PHS Medford League Basketball Assistant, and she is involved in the Leftovers Club and Oasis Club. Katlyn was selected to attend the Capital One Leadership Conference. Additionally Katlyn was a National America Miss Virginia State Finalist.
A three sport athlete at Powhatan, Katlyn is a part of the field hockey, basketball and soccer teams. She is a four year member of the Varsity Field Hockey team where she plays as a mid-fielder and has served as a captain. She has been selected for the 1st Team All District and the 2nd Team All Region. Katlyn is also a four year member of the Varsity Soccer team where she plays as a forward and midfielder. She has been named a captain for the team and was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year. While on the Varsity Basketball team she plays as the shooting guard. Outside of her school athletic career, Katlyn plays for the Richmond Strikers U19 Elite Team.
Giving back to her community is an evident piece of Katlyn’s life. As a part of the field hockey team, she has participated in service cleanup at the Blackhawk Gym. With the basketball team Katlyn has volunteered to work on a Christmas Parade Float. Both athletic teams have put on kids camp, where she served as a counselor. She has been involved in her school’s Santa Breakfast and a Christmas Mother volunteer. Katlyn is volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Medford Basketball League. With the Medford Basketball League, Katlyn has assisted with teaching the skills and fundamentals of basketball to special needs students in her school. Additionally Katlyn has given time to assist with school musicals, community trash pick-up, and with Flat Rock Elementary’s field day.
Katlyn 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 Katlyn! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond presents David Winters of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School as our 22nd nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With a current 4.69 GPA David is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the German Honor Society. He scored a 1560 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT exam with a perfect score on the Math portion. Additionally David scored a perfect 800 on both the Physics SAT II and the Math SAT II. Having earned 6 perfect scores on his AP exams, David is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is a National Merit Scholarship Commended student, and he has received a Rensselaer Medal for his efforts in math and science. He has coauthored two scientific papers on spintronics. David is a team member for the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and they were finalists in 2018. David is one of four Maggie Walker students to compete at the Society for American Baseball Research Diamond Dollars Case Competition. This involved a research project on the physics and statistics of baseball. In 2018 the team competed and won against college undergrads and graduate teams around the nation.
While attending Maggie Walker, David co-founded a club named Kids are Scientist Too (KAST) in 2017.This club was organized to promote science in after school programs around Richmond. David is a two year member of his school’s math club. As a member of the Boy Scouts, David earned the title of Eagle Scout in 2015. With the Scouts he has held various positions of Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Scribe and Webmaster. David was a fellow in the VCU School of Engineering Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI). Through this program David has completed research on spintronics in magneto elastic nanomagnets. This involves running physics simulations on how defects in the surface of magnets affect their probabilities of changing the direction of the magnetic field when stress is applied. Successful testing on these magnets could one day result in a pacemaker storing data with magnets instead of a battery.
As a student of Maggie Walker, David is a member of the Varsity Wrestling team and team captain as a senior. In 2017 he was the 2A Region Runner Up and placed 4th at States. During his junior year, David was the 2A Region Runner Up, and he placed 6th at the State Championship. For his senior season David was named the 2A Region Champion, 145 lbs. He then went on to place 6th at States. David is a member of the Varsity Track and Field team where he competes in shot put, discuss, pole vault and sprints. In 2018 he competed in the State Championship for pole vaulting. Additionally David has practiced Tae Kwon Do for 10 years.
To complete his Boy Scout Eagle Project, David organized the construction of a privacy fence for the Girl Scout Pamunkey Ridge Camp. He led a group of 12 fellow scouts and a few adults in order to complete the task. Over the summer of 2018 David assisted the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to help make their website accessible to individuals with disabilities. He was a volunteer presenter of a bi-weekly educational program called Money Matters. David has given his time to the Hanover Community Support Services. With Hands Up Ministries he helped collect book donations and restock libraries in Richmond. All throughout high school David has assisted New Highland Baptist Church with Rise Against Hunger, Caritas, and Vacation Bible School.
David 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 David! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!