Lexus of Richmond’s 20th nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Abby Rieck of James River High School, Center for Leadership and International Relations. She is ranked 1st in her class of 485 students. With a 5.04 GPA, Abby is consistently on the Distinguished Honor Roll. She is a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Rho Kappa (National Social Studies Honor Society), and Mu Alpa Theta (National Mathematics Honor Society). Abby is an AP Scholar, and she scored a 34 out of 36 on the ACT exam. As a junior, Abby completed the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Humanities program. Throughout high school Abby has been awarded with 12 Outstanding Excellence Awards for her various classes. Last school year Abby was selected as a James River High School Junior Marshal, and she was a recipient of the University of Virginia Jefferson Book Award.
Recently Abby was invited to give a TED Talk at the 2019 TEDxYouth RVA Conference where she spoke about Embracing Your Inner Underdog. As a student of the Center for Leadership and International Relations at James River, Abby is working on her Senior Internship to gain experience in her desired career field. She has partnered with Dr. Dean Krusienki in the Biomedical Engineering Department at VCU and with Dr. Patty Smith, the prosthetics coordinator at the VA Hospital. Abby is a two year member of the Spanish Club, and is currently a member of the Beta Club. A four year member of the Student Council Association, Abby is currently serving as a Secretary for the group. She has been involved in her Youth Group at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. Additionally, throughout high school Abby has been a lifeguard at SwimMetro Management Inc.
Being a 4 year member of the Varsity Soccer Team at James River, Abby plays as the team goalkeeper. She was named a captain for both her junior and senior seasons. Following her freshman season, she was named the team Most Valuable Player. As a sophomore Abby was selected for the First Team All Conference. Abby was once again named the MVP as a junior, and she was additionally selected the Second Team All Metro and the First Team All Region. On the basketball team, Abby played as a guard. She was the JV captain as a sophomore before moving to varsity for her junior year. Outside of high school, Abby has played for the FC Richmond Travel Soccer team since the 4th grade and was named a team captain as a junior.
As a student in the Center for Leadership and International Relations, Abby is working on a Senior Capstone Project. She has organized a 10 week tutoring program at Crestwood Elementary and a children’s book drive. As a member of Mu Alpha Theta, she tutors her peers in any and all math courses. Along with the Beta Club, she has participated in make sales, tutoring programs, and the Christmas Mother. Abby developed and ran a soccer clinic for disabled youth. She has given time to help feed the homeless with both the Daily Planet Breaking Bread program and Caritas. All throughout high school she has been involved with Little Feet Meet, a field-day event for children with disabilities.
Abby 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 Abby! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!