Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week #26 – Genevieve Pacious from Douglas Southall Freeman High School.

Congratulations Genevieve Pacious from Douglas Southall Freeman High School, our week 26 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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Genevieve has excelled academically as an AP Scholar with Honors with a 5.06 GPA, a recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and as a member of the National Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Tri M Music Honor Society, and the Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society. Active in her school, she is the historian of the Douglas Southall Freeman (DSF) Rebelettes, and member of the DSF Human Rights Club, Spanish Club, Beta Club and Honor Society. Gifted musically, she is captain of the DSF show choir, has been All-District Chorus for the past three years, was named DSF Outstanding Choral Student, recipient of the Festival of Choirs Outstanding Showmanship Award and the Richmond Music Teacher Association Certificate of Excellence, and has been playing the piano for ten years for which she has been rated “Superior Plus” by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Genevieve is captain of her varsity soccer team which was HCPS All-Academic All-Conference and All-Conference, and also plays for the Richmond Strikers Elite U18G travel team and for the Greater Richmond Futsal League. On the track, she has been named All-District for 800m relay and All-District for 500m. Genevieve is very active in the community and spends her time volunteering for and participating in a number of programs, including the CrossOver Health Center, Baltimore Homeless Outreach, CARITAS, Special Olympics, Susan B Komen Race for the Cure, Camp Holiday Trails, Refugee Sports Outreach Missions, Haiti Outreach Mission, and as a young life ministries mentor and a vacation Bible school teacher, among others.

Genevieve plans to attend Wake Forest University.

Genevieve has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Genevieve’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week #25 – Strib Walker from Collegiate School

Congratulations Strib Walker from Collegiate School, our week 25 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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With a 4.37 GPA, Strib is an honor roll student, an AP Scholar with Distinction, a fall inductee of the National Cum Laude Society, and recipient of the Harvard Book Award. He is the SCA treasurer, school panelist, school tour guide for prospective students, participant in Students Provide Assistance to Collegiate (SPAC), and a VoiceMale (school a cappella vocal group) member. A three-sport athlete, Strib has played on his school’s varsity basketball, football and lacrosse teams. He was a two-year letterman and team captain of his basketball team. He is a four-year letterman and team captain of his football team, for which he also received recognition as 1st Team All-State Defense, 2nd Team All-State Offense, 1st Team All Prep Offense and Defense, All Prep Offensive co-MVP, Honorable Mention All State and All Metro Team Defense, team MVP, and winner of the Team Excellence in Leadership Award. On his varsity lacrosse team he is a three-year letterman as a midfielder, team captain, 1st Team All Prep Midfielder, and winner of the Rob Kelly Spirit Award. On his travel lacrosse team he has played in numerous invitation-only showcases and elite tournaments, made All Star Team at King of the Hill Tournament in Westminster, MD, and made the All Star Team at the National High School Lacrosse Showcase Tournament in Columbia, MD. Additionally, in the summer of 2014 Inside Lacrosse magazine named Strib as “Player to Watch” based on his performance in the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp. Strib has given back to the community by participating in the Open Gym program, the Pancreatic Cancer Walk in Honor of Brad Tazewell, and Youth Service Opportunities Project. He is also the founder and operator of a summer youth camp, and a youth sports camp coach.

Strib plans to attend Princeton University where he will play lacrosse.

Strib has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Strib’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week # 24 – Allison Burns from Hanover High School.

Congratulations Allison Burns from Hanover High School, our week 24 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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With a 4.61 GPA, Allison has excelled academically, earning accolades such as the West Point Leadership Award, Hanover Academic Award, and the Hanover Scholars County Academic Achievement Award for seniors. She is also a Horatio Alger Scholar, QuestBridge Finalist, IB Diploma candidate, member of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and International Thespian Honor Society. She is also active outside of the classroom as (among others) president of the French Club, a Guidance/Admin assistant, DECA member, SODA member, member of the Student Council Association/Leadership Council, and member of the 7th UP program. With a passion for running, Allison has received numerous awards for cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field. Captain of her varsity cross country team, she has earned the titles of MVP, All-Region Academic, All-Conference Academic, State Competitor, Most Improved and the Academic Athlete Award. For both indoor and outdoor track and field she is team captain and recipient of the Leadership Award and Academic Athlete Award, and earned the titles of All-Region Academic runner, All-Conference Academic runner, All-Conference pole-vaulter, State Competitor, and Conference Champ. She is also a Playing with a Purpose Scholar Athlete, for which she was one of only four chosen out of over 6,000 candidates. Allison is very active in the community having participated in a number of programs, including the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Disaster Relief Outreach, Homeless Ministry in Monroe Park, Robinson Theater of Richmond, a Leadership Development Internship, and mission trips for the homeless, to name a few.

Allison plans to major in Biology and Leadership Studies to pursue her life-long goal of becoming a Pediatrician.

Allison has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Allison’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week #23 – MacKenzie Kerr from Douglas Southall Freeman High School.

Congratulations MacKenzie Kerr from Douglas Southall Freeman High School, our week 23 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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With A GPA of 4.986, and a combined SAT score of 1950, MacKenzie is an accomplished student. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, and will be competing in the We the People nationals this year. She is active in her school as a member of the Key Club, Beta Club, Rebelettes, and Freeman Furs. MacKenzie has excelled and has received numerous accolades for performance on the track. For indoor track, she was All-Colonial District and Region in 2012, State, Regional and District Champion from 2013-2015, All-State 2013-14, and is the school record holder in 300, 500, 4×400, and 4×800. In outdoor track she was All-State, Region Champion and District Champion from 2012-2015, State Champion 2014-2015, and is the school record holder in 200, 400, 4×100, 4×400, and 4×800. In cross country she has been a Varsity letter winner for the past two years. She is also a multiple time District/Conference runner of the year for both indoor and outdoor track, and has been captain of her varsity indoor track, outdoor track and cross country teams since 2013. In the community, MacKenzie has dedicated her time to several programs, including the Key Club, Beta Club, Rebelettes, Little Feet Meet, Twin Hickory Elementary School, and Restore the Shore.

MacKenzie plans to run track for Duke University in the fall.

Mackenzie has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Mackenzie’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week #22 – Myles Brown from St. Christopher’s School.

 

Congratulations Myles Brown from St. Christopher’s School, our week 22 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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Myles is an outstanding student, for which he has received numerous accolades. With a GPA of 4.2, he is an AP Scholar with Honors, a National Spanish Exam Silver Medalist and Gold Medalist, a National Achievement Outstanding Student, and he received high honors (over 4.0) for his entire high school career. Active outside of the classroom as well, he is a Missionary Society president, a member of the MLS Club, a school Admissions Ambassador, a school Librarian Ambassador and a peer advisor to ninth graders as they transition into high school. Myles excels on the field, too, and has received much recognition for his soccer skills. He is team captain of his school’s varsity team, ranked #7 prospect for the class of 2015 in the mid-Atlantic region and #35 for national midfielders for the class of 2015, captain and leading scorer of the Richmond United u18 Academy Soccer Team, he trained with and was a starting midfielder for the Arsenal Football Club in London. He also attended the id2 National Identification Camp, U.S. Market Training Camp, and the Olympic Development Program for Regional, District and State teams. Myles is active in the community, having volunteering his time for the Own Touch Soccer Camp, Virginia Food Bank, Massey Cancer Walk, Houlagan’s Rest Dog Rescue, Saturday Academy, and is the president of the Missionary Society at his school.

Myles plans to soccer for the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Myles has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Myles’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week #21 – Chandrika Dandamudi from Henrico High School.

Congratulations Chandrika Dandamudi from Henrico High School, our week 21 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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With a 5.001 GPA, Chandrika has made honor roll every year, is a recipient of the William & Mary Leadership Award and IBMYP Certificate, and was also an IBDP Diploma Candidate. She has been a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, Recycling Club, and National Honor Society, as well as the Math, Science, Spanish and History Honor Societies. She is also the treasurer of the Model United Nations and the Future Health Professionals vice president. On the field, Chandrika is an avid field hockey player. She was the JV team captain, recipient of the All-Defense Award, and she and her team were Conference Champions, 1st Team All-Conference, and 2nd Team All-Region. She was also a member of her school’s swim team in the 9th and 10th grades, competing in district and regional meets. Chandrika has been active in the community, having donated her time as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital, Camp Connected, Big Feet Meet, and for MCV Research.

 

Chandrika has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Chandrika’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

 

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week # 20 – Bender Vaught from Patrick Henry High School.

Congratulations Bender Vaught from Patrick Henry High School, our week 20 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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With a 4.1 GPA, Bender is a member of the Beta Club, SODA, Quill and Scroll, Environmental Club, LEO Club, and the National Honor Society, and was accepted into the University of Richmond Emerging Leaders Program. He is the Vice President of his class, the managing editor of his school newspaper, a chief in the NJROTC, and the appointed SCA/ICC Class rep. He has also participated in mass communications at his school as a writer, producer and anchor for his school news throughout high school. Bender has participated in several sports, including basketball, track and field, and football. He was the team captain of his AYA U15 basketball team, a District Track and Field meet qualifier in 300m and broad jump, and a varsity team member. Captain of his junior varsity and varsity football teams, Bender has excelled in football. He led his team in tackles his sophomore year, was named 1st Team All-Conference running back and 1st Team All-Conference linebacker, was the Richmond Times Dispatch rushing top performer in 2013 and in 2014, and was named the James River Air Patrick Henry Player of the Week in September 2014. Bender has been active in the community as the AYA Youth Basketball assistant coach (2011-2013), the Ashland LAX Middle School assistant coach (2013), and a Patrick Henry Youth Football Camp leader (202-2014), and has also donated his time to the SODA 4th grade mentoring program, and to the Inner-City Outreach program in Gilpin Court, in which he has been an active participant for the past 10 years.

Bender has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Bender’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week 19 – Skyler Zunk from Cosby High School.

Congratulations Skyler Zunk from Cosby High School, our week 19 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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With a GPA of 4.45, Skyler is the president of the National Honor Society, a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the National Beta Club, Key Club, and the Cosby Health Science Specialty Center, and was named Health Science Exploration Student of the Year in 2012. He is active in the Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout with three palms (gold, silver, bronze). He has been Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Den Chief, and was awarded the 2013 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award for the outdoor worship center he built at Bethia United Methodist Church. Skyler has also been elected as a delegate for the Boys State, is a contributor to the “Letter to the Editor” section of the Richmond Times Dispatch, an elected crew leader of the Philmont Scout Ranch Trek, member of the Philmont High Adventure Rayado Trek, attended the Buckskin National Youth Leadership training in 2012, and is member of the National UMC Council and recipient of the Good Samaritan Award for the United Methodist Church. Also active on the field, Skyler’s passion lies in running track and cross country. In cross country, he has earned 4 varsity letters, All-Conference in 2014, and was team captain in 2013 and 2014. He is also the team captain of both his indoor and outdoor track teams, for which he has earned 4 varsity letters in both, as well as All-Conference in 2014. He has also been on the Woodlake Swim Team for 5 years and was a 3-time championship meet qualifier. Skyler has been very active in the community, donating his time to the VDOT Adopt a Highway Litter Pick-up (for the last 7 years), Phillips Fire House Fall Festival (last 6 years), Bethia United Methodist Mens Club (x6 years), and Scouting for Food (x12 years). He has also donated 30+ hours of healthcare-oriented volunteer work for the past 4 years and has been appointed as a student member of the Chesterfield County School Health Advisory Board, as well as the School Board Student Wellness Policy 4190 Revision Board.

Skyler plans to attend Washington and Lee University where he will run cross country and track and will major in Bio/Science to work towards getting his MD and PHD.

Skyler has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Skyler’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Nominee Week #18 – Fernando (Nando) Andrés Pascual-Márquez from The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill!

Congratulations Fernando (Nando) Andrés Pascual-Márquez from The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill, our week 18 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award!

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Nando is an excellent student with a GPA of 4.25, and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and the Japanese Honor Society, and is the Vice President of the Science National Honor Society. He is a member of the beta club and the robotics club, he received superior ratings from the National Federation of Music Clubs, and has been playing the piano for 12 years. With a deep interest in space, Nando is the president and founder of his school’s Astronomy Club, is a member of the Richmond Astronomical Society and has participated in the Virginia Space Coast Scholar Program. Additionally, he was one of only twelve students selected for the NASA Summer Governor’s Mentorship. Active in soccer and football, and recipient of the All-Academic Athlete Award, Nando has been successful on the field as well. He played as starting goalkeeper on the Powhatan Fury Soccer Club, and he also played on his school’s varsity soccer team in the 10th and 11th grades, which won the title of 2014 Conference Champions. In football, he plays as punter and kicker, and was 1st Team All District and All Conference, as well as Special Teams Player of the Year. Nando gives back to the community by volunteering his time for the Science Museum of Virginia, Rocket 4 the Cure, and CARITAS. He also plays piano for St. Gabriel Church and tutors for various honor societies.

Nando has won a dinner for two at Fleming’s Steakhouse and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview video to learn more about Nando’s great achievements, and check out our Scholarship app on Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

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