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!