Our week 4 nominee for the Lexus Leadership Award at Lexus of Richmond is Walker Barkstrom of Douglas Freeman High School. Walker is currently ranked first in a class of 393 students with a 4.62 GPA. On the ACT exam he received a perfect score of 36, and he scored a perfect 800 on the SAT Chemistry exam. Having completed 9 AP courses Walker scored a perfect 5 on every final AP exam. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish NHS, and Mu Alpha Theta. As a junior, Walker received the Centre College Fellow Award for Academic Distinction and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal for the Study of Science and Mathematics.
At the beginning of his junior year, Walker joined the Freeman Scholastic Bowl Team. The team was competing with three brand new members, and they went on to win the 2018 Battle of the Brains and the 2018 Regional Championship. The group went on to take 3rd at the VHSL State Championship. Walker is currently a counselor at Passages Adventure Camp where he concentrates on rock climbing instruction. Following an injury to his hand while rock climbing, Walker began researching potential cures to his ligament damage and cartilage damage. This sparked interest in medical research has now lead to the creation of his own academic blog.
Since climbing at Peak Experiences, Walker has become a part of the Competitive Climbing Team. In 2015 he was the Regional Champion in Bouldering which is a specific discipline in climbing. This is the climbing of a smaller formation or wall without the use of ropes or a harness. In 2016 he competed in the Bouldering National Competition. Walker has also competed at the Dominion Riverrock Boulder Bash Competition.
During his high school years Walker has volunteered with the Anna Julia Cooper School. This is an independent private school which provides full tuition to students of “limited economic resources” from Richmond’s East End. Additionally through the help of his boss at Passages Adventure Camp, Walker is now the founder and operator of a Climbing Cooperative Program at the Anna Julia Cooper School.
Walker 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 Walker! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!