Lexus of Richmond’s 24th Leadership Award Week 22 – David Winters

week 22

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!

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