Lexus of Richmond’s week 15 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Philip Maruri of St. Christopher’s School. As a freshman and sophomore, Philip had the highest GPA of his class; with a current 4.7 GPA, Philip is ranked in the top 2 of the class. He scored a 1540 out of 1600 on the SAT exam and a 780 out of 800 on the SAT II for Spanish. Philip is an AP Scholar with Distinction having received 5 perfect scores on AP exams. In 2017 Philip received both the Excellence in Spanish Award and the Excellence in British Literature Award from St. Christopher’s. He received the George Squires Literary Award for Best Traditional Form Poetry in 2018. Philip was presented with the Jefferson Book Award and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award, both in 2018. He is also a 2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program Finalist and a 2018 National Merit Commended Scholar. In 2017 Philip attended the Yale Young Global Scholars summer program Frontiers of Math and Science. In 2018 Philip was chosen to attend the Virginia Summer Governor’s School of Agriculture.
While a junior at St. Chris, Philip helped found the Saints For Environmental Awareness and Action. He revamped a deficit environmental club with a new name and purpose, and he has served as the co-head for two years. Philip is a three year member of the Battle of the Brains team at St. Chris and currently a co-captain. He is in the Political Awareness Club where he serves as the Vice President. He is a tenor in the group Beaux Ties, an acapella group at St. Christopher’s. Phillip participates in the school glee club and the school literary magazine, the Hieroglyphic.
A two sport athlete throughout high school, Philip is a 4 year member of both the Varsity Cross Country team and the Varsity Wrestling team. In 2017 and 2018 the cross country team won the Prep League Championship and the Division 1 State Championship. While on the wrestling team, Philip was a 106 freshman and sophomore starter. During his first and second season the team was the Prep League Champions and the VISAA runner up. As a sophomore Philip finish with a winning record. For his junior year Philip moved up to the 126 weight class. He placed 6th at the Blue Devil Classic and 4th at the Battle at Dinwiddie. The team took 1st place at the Prep Slam in Atlanta. They were the Prep League Champions and the VISAA State Champions last season.
Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 7th grade, Philip is now officially an Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Philip renovated a garden at the Hermitage retirement home. He designed and constructed new wheelchair accessible flower beds over the course of 135 hours. With the SEAA Club he has helped with multiple river clean ups each year at Belle Isle. Philip traveled to Patagonia and to Costa Rica for school service trips. As a St. Chris Peer Advisor Philip helps guide freshman through the first year of high school. He is additionally a 4 year member (current captain) of St. ChristoCURES which raises money and awareness for the Massey Cancer Center.
Philip 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 Philip! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!