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