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Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 4 – Maddison Furman

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Our week 4 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Maddison Furman of St. Christopher’s School. Currently in the top 10% of his class, Maddison has a 4.4 GPA, is an AP Scholar with Honor, and has been on the High Honor List every semester since freshman year. In 2015 he received a Gold Medal in the National Spanish Exam for being in the top 99% of the participants. Over this past summer Maddison attended the Virginia Governor’s Summer Foreign Language Academy at Washington & Lee University. This three week program allowed a complete Spanish immersion where he was able to develop his Spanish speaking skills.

Having been a pitcher on the Varsity Baseball team at St. Christopher’s since sophomore year, Maddison will be the captain of the team for his senior season. After his junior year, he was named a part of the First Team All Prep and the Second Team All State. As a sophomore, Maddison made a verbal commitment to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also played on the Evoshield Seminoles, a showcase team, since 2015. Additionally Maddison played basketball at St. Chris for his first two years of high school.

Maddison has been heavily involved in various outlets through St. Christopher’s. He has been in student council since 2016 and is currently the Vice President. As a middle school mentor, Maddison will spend time with a middle schooler to help the student navigate upper school and serve as a role model figure. Similarly, he is the head peer advisor where upperclassmen help freshmen become accustomed to high school. Maddison is a $100 for 100 team captain. This group raises money to provide Richmond area children with a $100 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods around the holiday season.

Since freshman year, Maddison has spent time with the St. ChristoCURES program. The student organization raises money for cancer research for the Massey Cancer Center and to raise cancer awareness. The members additionally run the Monument 10K in support of cancers patients and survivors. With the Saturday Academy Program at St. Chris, Maddison and other St. Chris high school students spend time with children from Richmond city schools on Saturday mornings. They help tutor the kids with schoolwork and then play games such as frisbee or dodgeball.

Maddison 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 Maddison! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 3 – Izzy LeBey

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Izzy LeBey of the Collegiate School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 3 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With her current GPA of 4.18, she is an AP Scholar, has been on the Dean’s List, and on the Honor Roll all throughout high school. Upon taking the International Youth Chinese Test, Izzy received a High Pass for level 1, 2, and 3. Additionally, she is a member of the Battle of the Brains, and she received the Debate Award in 2015 and the James F. Oats III Art Study Grant earlier this year.

For senior year, Izzy is the cross country team captain and a 6 year varsity runner for cross country and track. A decorated athlete, she has twice been named the USA Track and Field Virginia 1500m Champion and twice named the 800m Virginia Champion. Beyond that, Izzy won the USA Track and Field Mid Atlantic Region 1500m and 800m and qualified for the National Championships. She has received accolades including: 3 All State Cross Country Honors, 3 All State Track Honors, 2 All Metro Track Honors, and 7 All League of Independent Schools Honors between Cross Country and Track.

Heavily involved in life outside the classroom, Izzy has been on Collegiate’s Battle of the Brains team and their State Academic team both for two years. Other organizations she participates with include Collegiate’ literary magazine, Earth Society, and RAMPS or Ramp Access Made Possible by Students. Beyond school functions, she has studied sustainable farming and culinary arts. This allowed her to travel to Italy and learn first hand on a sustainable farm where she learned the stages of production of prosciutto of the heritage pig breed under protective status, and she worked as a casaro on a sustainable goat farm.

Having a passion for her sport and wanting others to enjoy it, Izzy founded a charity where students at Collegiate can donate their gently used track shoes and spikes for Anna Julia Cooper School’s track and cross country athletes. She has worked with others to help paint the Hilliard House for abused mothers and children. Izzy has also spent time catering for groups such as: Stop Child Abuse Now, Caritas, and for patients at The Doorways.

Izzy 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 Izzy! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 2 – Madison Jiranek

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Lexus of Richmond’s week two nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Madison Jiranek of St. Catherine’s School. Last year, she was named St. Catherine’s Junior Scholar for having the highest GPA in the class with a 4.43. She has scored two perfect 5’s on AP Tests was named an AP Scholar with Distinction after her junior year. As a freshman Madison ranked in the top 5% during the National Spanish Exam. Additionally, she was elected to her school’s Cum Laude Society as a part of the top 10% of her class.

A three-sport varsity athlete, Madison plays lacrosse, field hockey and indoor track. In 2017, she received St. Catherine’s Athletic IMPACT Award for all three sports. Currently a lacrosse captain, Madison has received recognition such as: All LIS Team, 1st and 2nd Team All Metro, 2nd Team All State, All American and Academic All American. For her junior season in field hockey , she was named to the All LIS Team as well as the 2nd Team All State. As a part of the indoor track team, Madison won the LIS Title for 55m hurdles and was selected for the All LIS Team.

Once off the field, Madison is highly active in her school clubs such as the math club and knitting club. She is involved in St. Catherine’s Student Environmental Awareness Club or SEA as well as the Community Service League; both of which, she has been a part of since freshman year. During 11th grade, she became a peer advisor to younger students in the school to help guide them on their journey. Madison has been a writer for her school newspaper, The Arcadian, since 9th grade and now as a senior, she is an editor of the paper.

An active participant in the community, Madison has taken part in service trips to Patagonia and the Dominican Republic, and she was involved in a service drive to help Hurricane Harvey victims. She has been an assistant coach at both the Top Dog Field Hockey Camp and at St. Catherine’s Middle School Summer Lacrosse Camp. Madison has been involved in the 100 4 100 Project which raises money for less fortunate children at Christmas time. They join the children on a shopping trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods where each child receives a $100 gift card to spend how they please.

Madison 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 Madison! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 1 – Lauren McCarey

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Lexus of Richmond’s week one nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Lauren McCarey of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. With a 4.3 GPA, she scored a 1530 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT’s. Lauren is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Latin and English Honor Societies. She has scored 3 perfect 5’s on AP tests and in 2017 she was named an AP Scholar with Honors.

As a four-year Varsity field hockey player, Lauren is currently the team captain for her senior season. In 2014 the team was the Virginia 4A State Runner Up. Throughout her high school career, Lauren has collected accolades including: All-State 2nd Team, All-Region 1st Team, Richmond Times Dispatch All Metro 2nd Team, and All-Conference 1st Team. Additionally, Lauren has played defense for the Varsity soccer team since 2015, and she had previously been the JV soccer team captain.

This past summer Lauren participated in a mentorship at the Richmond Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, and she plans to put that experience to good use as she explores various aspects of economics in college and beyond. Lauren is a member of Maggie Walker’s RAMPS Club or Ramp Access Made Possible by Students, and she is a part of Club SECSEE (Saving the Earth through Conservation, Sustainability, and Environmental Education).

Ever present and active in the community, Lauren is involved with the Girls with Goals Leadership Academy and the Autism Society of Central Virginia Bowling Buddies. She recently held an internship with the Greater Richmond Fit4Kids. Lauren has been a volunteer coach for the U-10 Field Hockey with Panthers United. She has also spent time with organizations including Relay for Life, the Special Olympics and Millwood School Summer Camps.

Lauren 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 Lauren! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond’s 22nd Scholarship Award Winner

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The 22nd 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.

Alyse Armentrout of Atlee High School has been a lauded student throughout her high school career. With an acclaimed GPA of 4.6, Alyse is a member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society as well as the National BETA Club. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Randolph College Book Award which goes to an outstanding high school junior who excels in academics and is a leader outside the classroom. Additionally in 2016, she received the Silberkunde (Silver Award) for an achievement distinction on the National German Exam.

While attending Atlee, Alyse has been a member of the student council since freshman year, and has been the class secretary since sophomore year. Throughout her high school career, Alyse has been an active member of the Key Club and the German Club. During senior year, she was the Popp Leader for SODA (Student Organization for Developing Attitudes). SODA is a team of top high school students selected to mentor fourth graders to improve self esteem and assist with attitudes and social issues. She is the President of the BETA Club and Vice President of Finance in the DECA Club. As a part of the DECA Club, Alyse is an International ICDC Competitor. In 2015 she placed in the state, and in 2016 she was the state runner up.

Having been a varsity basketball player for 4 years, Alyse was the captain for her senior season. Playing center, she scored her 1,000th career point on January 4, 2017. During her senior year, the Richmond Times Dispatch recognized her as a girls basketball scoring leader, and for her junior year, the Times selected her for the 3rd Team All Metro. Some accolades include: VHSL Conference 16 Player of the Year, Atlee High’s MVP, VHSL First Team All State and First Team All Metro to name a few. Alyse also excels on the soccer field as a 4 year varsity midfielder. In 2016 she was chosen for the 2nd Team All Conference and All Academic team throughout all four seasons.

Ever present and active in the community, Alyse has been a part of the Shady Grove TEAMeffort Mission. With this group, she traveled to New Orleans in 2015 to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery; and in 2016, the group went to Blue Knob, Pennsylvania to serve families and ministries in need. Alyse has worked with Little Big Feet Meet as a Special Olympics Ambassador. She has worked with organizations such as: Rise Against Hunger, Ruriteens, BARK, Upward Sports and Fox Holiday Socks to name a few. Alyse and fellow student even collaborated to execute a tutoring program for 2nd graders at Cool Spring Elementary. This program allows for high schools students to assist with the children’s reading, spelling and math educations.

We at Lexus of Richmond applaud Alyse for her academic achievement, athletic skill, extra curricular activities and time spent helping the community. We are pleased to present and support this outstanding young lady. We know Alyse will continue to excel as she moves forward and continues to experience amazing.

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 30 – Nina Sorkin

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 30 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Nina Sorkin of Deep Run High School. As a member of the National Honor Society, she currently has a 4.01 GPA. Having been a consistent fixture on the A-B Honor Roll, Nina has been awarded an All Conference Academic Award from 2014 – 2016.

Since freshman year at Deep Run, Nina has played in the #1 position in singles and doubles varsity tennis. She is a three time reigning State Champion in Singles and Doubles having won both titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Nina is currently ranked #36 in the country, #1 in Virginia, and #3 in the Mid Atlantic.  She was selected as the All Metro Player of the Year freshman, sophomore and junior year. Nina is a three time All District, All Region, and team MVP, and during junior year, she was awarded the Athletic Director’s Award. In school, she is a yearbook committee member. She is also a part of her school’s Beta Club and Key Club.

Nina has been involved in Sportable with wheelchair tennis. Sportable is an organization that exists for people with physical and visual disabilities to be involved in athletics. She has volunteered for the Richmond Tennis Association for 10 and under tournaments as well as Buddy Ball Tennis clinics in 2016. In addition, Nina has spent time giving back through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Nina 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 Drive interview to learn more about Nina! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 29 – Isobel Harrison

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 29 nominee for the Leadership Award is Isobel Harrison of Midlothian High School. Ranked 2nd in her class with a 5.0 GPA, she scored a 33 out of a possible 36 on the ACT. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Rho Kappa – Phi Alpha Theta.

As a four year varsity lacrosse player, Isobel has been a co-captain since her sophomore season and a two-time recipient of the coaches’ award. In 2016 she was named to the All State 2nd Team, All Region 1stTeam & the All Conference 1st Team, and in 2015 she was selected for the All Region 2nd Team & the All Conference 1st Team. In addition, she ran varsity cross country freshman – junior year. She was a part of the All Conference Team in 2015, and she competed in the State Finals in 2014 and 2015. As a part of the Student Council Association since 2015, Isobel has been involved in planning school events like Homecoming and Strike Out Cancer. She has also been a member of LEAD Up since 2013 and is the current Co-President. This group promotes leadership and volunteers for Christmas Mother and National Blood Drives.

Isobel has volunteered 100+ hours a year for the YMCA. She has also served on the Diversity and Inclusion Rally Committee. This group planned an event for over 300 teens to learn about diversity and accepting others around you. She has volunteered 2 hours a week since freshman year to help underprivileged children with their school work through Homework Helpers. With arts in the Alley, Isobel has assisted in painting murals in Richmond such as; The Hospital Hospitality House and a local coffee shop.

Isobel 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 Drive interview to learn more about Isobel! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 28 – Evelyn Saunders

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Our week 28 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Evelyn Saunders of the Maggie L Walker Governor’s School. A National Honor Society member, she currently has a 4.14 GPA. She scored a 32 on the ACT out of a possible 36. Evelyn was awarded the Spirit of Citizenship Award from the High School Leaders Program at UVA’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Evelyn has been a part of Maggie Walker’s varsity field hockey team since freshman year and was the team captain during her senior season. The team was a State Finalist in 2014 and the Conference Champion in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She is also an avid dancer, since 2005 she has taken Scottish Highland dance. She is a Premiere or professional level dancer with the British Association of Teachers of Dance. She is the Co-President of the National English Honor Society, and the Vice President of the National Art Honor Society. Evelyn is a representative in the Student Council Association. She has held multiple mentorships with architectural firms such as: Glave and Homes with Jill Nolt and HKS Architects with Eric Thomas.

Since 2010, Evelyn has been a server at Redeemer Episcopal Church. She has also been a Youth Representative since 2015 where she works on regular community service projects. With Miles of Scarves, a knitting charity club, Evelyn has worked on raising money to end Multiple Sclerosis. The group knits scarves and other products to sell at events, they then donate the money to researchers. RAMPS or Ramp Access Made Possible by Students works on fundraising efforts and build ramps for Maggie Walker. Evelyn has been a member of RAMPS since 9th grade and has been the treasurer since 11th grade.

Evelyn 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 Drive interview to learn more about Evelyn! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 27 – Olivia Fisher

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 27 nominee for the Leadership Award is Olivia Fisher of Atlee High School. A member of the National Honor Society, Olivia is ranked in the top 40 of her class with a 4.42 GPA. She is in the German National Honor Society and the Beta Club.

As a part of Atlee’s varsity swim team, Olivia has received the High Point Award and holds four individual swim records at the school. Recently Olivia signed a Letter of Intent to swim for NC State. While at Atlee, she took 5 VHSL Individual/Relay State Champion titles. From 2014 – 2016, Olivia was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All American team. She has been selected for the All Metro first and Second Teams. As the captain of the Poseidon Hanover Swim Club, she was chosen as the swimmer of the year, and she holds 18 individual records for the club. While at Atlee, Olivia has been involved in the German Club and the Key Club. She is a member of the Ruriteens Club, an Art Guild member and a part of Teachers for Tomorrow.

Olivia is a swimming instructor for young children. She created her own business where she plans out the schedules and manages the funding and advertising. She is involved other organizations such as Fox Holiday Socks and Destination Imagination. She has volunteered for the Fall Festival at Pearson’s Corner Elementary School and she tutors other students in math.

Olivia 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 Drive interview to learn more about Olivia! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 26 – Shelby Vandergriff

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Our week 26 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Shelby Vandergriff of Glen Allen High School. With a 4.237 GPA, she is the President of the National Honor Society for her senior year and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta. She placed 1st for Outstanding Interpretation for the GAHS Reflections in Literature/Poetry. Shelby is also the State Champion at the Virginia Council on Economic Education in Personal Finance.

Shelby is a part of Glen Allen’s varsity field hockey team where she was the captain for her senior year. She has received the MVP for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She has been named to the First Team All Conference, Second Team All Conference, and the Academic All Conference Team. Shelby has also been a member of both the indoor and outdoor track teams. She has collected track awards such as; a Varsity Award, All Conference Award, Academic All Conference Award, All Region Award, and Academic All Region. Outside of athletics, Shelby is the Pep Club President and the school’s yearbook editor. She is a member of the student advisory which has monthly meetings with the principal. For junior and senior year, Shelby has been her class historian.

Active in the community, Shelby has spent time volunteering for the Richmond Police Athletic League where she taught children to play baseball. She has spent time working on landscaping at Glen Allen High as well as leading Freshman Orientation. Shelby has given time to the Glen Allen Public Library to help organize books and assist with book sales, and she has even volunteered for the Girl’s Babe Ruth State Tournament.

Shelby 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 Drive interview to learn more about Shelby! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!