Gilbert Deglau of The Collegiate School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 7 scholar athlete for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With a current 4.29 GPA, he has ended every semester on the A/B Honor Roll. Gilbert scored a 1490 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT exam, and he has earned two perfect AP exam scores. Gilbert has received National Merit Recognition for his efforts. He was recognized with Distinguished Participation in the National Spanish Exam. He attended the Congress of Future Medical Professionals. Gilbert was invited to participate in the American Chemical Society US National Chemistry Olympiad.
Outside of the classroom at Collegiate, Gilbert is involved in several student organizations. He participates as a member of the school’s Model UN. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and a counselor for Virginia Fishing Adventures. Gilbert is the Co-President of the Sports Discussion Club, where he is responsible for planning and organizing the Fight Cancer, Choose Joy Wiffleball Tournament.
Through his time at Collegiate, Gilbert has participated in several sports. He is in his 2nd year as a Starting Center for the Varsity Football team, and he is the current captain. Following his junior season Gilbert was named to the 2nd Team All State and 2018 All Conference Team. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Offensive Coaches Award. Gilbert has been on both the Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track teams since sophomore year. With the indoor track team, Gilbert has competed in the State Meet for shot put. Gilbert has competed in the Outdoor Track State Meet for both discuss and shot put. In addition to his listed athletic accomplishments, Gilbert spent two seasons on the JV Football team, one season with JV Lacrosse, and two seasons on the Varsity Swim team. Gilbert will be continuing his football career as he has committed to play for Davidson College.
Gilbert has given his time to numerous organizations through service for his community. He has spent time volunteering for St. Francis Home. He has given time to both the Irish Festival and the Canterbury Festival. Gilbert has volunteered for the Village Green Fair and Feed My Starving Children organization. Gilbert is as volunteer flag football coach and referee, and he spends time with the Paralyzed Veterans Association for their Rugby Tournament.
Gilbert has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Gilbert! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
The sixth scholar athlete for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Scholarship is Mary Caroline Heinen of Maggie L Walker Governor’s School. With a 4.6 GPA, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, English Honor Society, Chinese Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and the Science Honor Society. Mary Caroline scored a 1540 out of 1600 on her SAT exam and a 800 on the Math SAT 2. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Semifinalist. As a junior Mary Caroline and her team entered the Math Modeling the Future National Competition in Chicago and they took 3rd Place.
As a senior, Mary Caroline is a VCU DERI Fellow in the NanoNuclear Engineering Lab. With DERI, she is focused on the effectiveness of nonmaterial cladding and surface roughness on the safety of rods in nuclear reactors. They will work to use accident tolerant fuels to prevent future nuclear disasters. As a member of Maggie Walker’s We the People Team, she presents a paper and answers questions focused on constitutional and historical evidence while working towards the national competition. As a sophomore, Mary Caroline co-founded the Charity Miles Club where they organized a shoe drive for underprivileged children. She is the currently the Co-President of the Mu Alpha Theta chapter. In her time at Maggie Walker, Mary Caroline is also a member of the Math Club, Latin Club, Badminton Club and the Chinese Culture Club.
A three sport Varsity athlete since freshman year, Mary Caroline is a 4 time cross country, indoor track and outdoor track participant. She was named the All Metro Girl’s Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2017 and 2018. As a junior Mary Caroline was selected as both the USATF Virginia 15-16 Youth Cross Country Runner of the Year and the Gatorade Virginia Cross Country Runner of the Year. She is the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Champion of 2017 and 2018. In 2019 she became the New Balance Nationals Emerging Elite 2 Mile Champion. In August 2018 Mary Caroline was recognized as Star 100.9’s High School All Star Track Athlete. She is a two time Richmond Times Dispatch Scholar Athlete of the Month for November 2017 and December 2018. Over her high school career Mary Caroline has claimed 14 individual Regional Championships, 11 individual State Championships and she holds school records for: the cross country 5k, indoor 3200 and 5k, and outdoor 1600 and 3200.
Mary Caroline has spent her time giving back to her community through several local organizations. She has spent five years with Little Sisters of the Poor by assisting with paperwork and database entering. She has been a Student Ambassador for Maggie Walker where she assists around the school and their events. Mary Caroline has been a volunteer for the Model UN Conference held at her school. She has given time to her church, St. Benedictine, as a Lector and Altar Server for 8 years. Additionally, Mary Caroline has recently volunteered at both the Richmond SPCA and the Retreat Doctor’s Hospital.
Mary Caroline has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Mary Caroline! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
Sully Beck of St. Christopher’s School is Lexus of Richmond’s fifth scholar athlete nominated for the Lexus Leadership Award Scholarship. Sully is currently tied for the first in his class with a 4.7 GPA. He scored a 1540 out of 1600 on the SAT exam, and he has received 4 Perfect AP exam scores earning the title AP Scholar with Distinction. Sully is a Commended National Merit Scholar. St. Chris faculty selected Sully to be one of their nominees for the Jefferson Scholar Program at UVA. He was also chosen by school faculty for the Jefferson Book Award at the end of his junior year. Sully is a Rensselaer Medalist, which is a top science award at St. Chris. He attended the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences: a month long program for 26 Virginia students in the classroom and shadowing healthcare professionals.
Outside the classroom, Sully is involved with numerous organizations at St. Christopher’s. As a member of the school’s Honor Council, he is the group secretary and serves as the vice-chair. With the STC Investment Club he is currently serving as the President and was the treasurer as a junior. He is the President of Saints for Environmental Awareness and Action and a member of the Environmental Youth Council of Virginia. As a member of the English 10, Sully is in a select group of students who read literature and hold discussions on their readings. Sully is a member of the Battle of the Brains Quiz Bowl team, and he is a peer advisor to a current freshman. He participates with a Massey Cancer Fundraising Team for cancer research at the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Sully is an Eagle Scout. He also serves a Quartermaster, Troop Guide and Historian for his troop.
Sully is an accomplished runner for St. Chris as a member of the Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track Teams. A four year cross country runner, Sully is the Captain for his senior season. In 2017 and 2018 the team was named both the Prep League Champions and the VISAA Division 1 State Champs. The team won the 2018 Pole Green VC Classic. For his 2018 and 2019 season he was a part of the Patrick Henry Relay Champion team and helped set a course record. Sully received the Buerlein Distance Running Award from his coaches, and he has been recognized for All Prep and All State the past two seasons. With the outdoor track team, he helped win the 2019 Prep League Championship and the 2019 VISAA Division 1 State Championship. A four year indoor track member, Sully was a part of winning the Prep League Championships in 2018 and 2019 as well as the 2019 VISAA State Championship. At the Prep League Championship he took first place in the 4×800 (2018) and first place in the 3200m (2019). Sully claimed a 3rd place finish for the 1600m in the 2019 State Meet.
As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Sully recently completed his Eagle Scout Project. Over the course of 50+ hours Sully planned and oversaw the construction of an outdoor classroom at Greenfield Elementary School. Through St. Chris’ environmental awareness group, Sully has participated in bimonthly James River Park System clean ups. He has given over 25 volunteer hours to Hooligan’s Rest, a shelter that rescues dogs who are about to be euthanized at kill shelters. Sully additionally has spent over 20 hours with a school in the East End of Richmond.
Sully has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Sully! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s 4th scholar athlete for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Caroline Gill of Saint Gertrude High School. With a current 4.2 GPA, Caroline has received 1st Honors (highest academic level) as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She was additionally named the Freshman Valedictorian. Caroline earned the Highest Spanish Average of her class as a freshman, and the Highest History Average as both a freshman and sophomore. She also received the Highest Art Average and had a drawing selected as an honorary piece for exhibit to promote the school gallery. Additionally, Caroline is a member of the Honors Art Portfolio Program. As a junior she was the recipient of the West Point Leadership Award for demonstrating exemplary leadership, academics, service, and citizenship.
Throughout her time at Saint Gertrude, Caroline has been involved in numerous groups and activities. As a freshman she was a Class Representative in Student Council. Caroline was voted to be the Class President for 10th, 11th and now 12th grade. As both a junior and senior, Caroline is a Gator-Aid Coordinator which is an elite leadership club. In 10th and 11th grade she was a Model General Assembly Delegate. Caroline was invited to the Girl Power Tech Day, a conference for women in STEM. She is a two time Spirit Club President. As a part of Freshman Friends, Caroline and other upperclassmen mentor freshman throughout the first year of high school. Caroline has been the school sport photographer since sophomore year, and she was the Yearbook sports photographer as a junior. Additionally she has been playing the violin since 3rd grade.
As a four year Varsity Soccer team member and starter, Caroline was named a captain for both her junior and senior season. She was selected as the team MVP following 11th grade. Caroline has been named to the VISAA Second Team All-State and the LIS All League. Caroline is also a four time Varsity Basketball player and starter for Saint Gertrude. She was selected as a captain for both her 11th and 12th grade seasons. She was recognized with the Coaches Award for her dedication and positive attitude. As a junior she was named to the All Tournament Team in the Gator Classic. Outside of school, Caroline plays travel soccer for FC Richmond. She is a team starter and a three time captain. She has been selected to play on the Club Champions League All-Star Team to play in tournaments in Europe.
Giving back to her community is a priority to Caroline as she has over 200 service hours from her high school career. She has participated in a VCU Sports Medicine internship where she shadowed orthopedic doctors in their patient evaluations and watched surgeries. Caroline was chosen for the advisory committee for the first ever school wide service day, and she was a also a site coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club for Salvation Army. She is a tutor for Saint Gertrude’s elementary students after school. Caroline is a camp counselor for Saint Gertrude’s Basketball Camp and Art Camp as well as FC Richmond’s Soccer Camp.
Caroline has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Caroline! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
The third scholar athlete in Lexus of Richmond’s Class of 2020 Leadership Award is Luke Lamberson of James River High School. Luke is ranked 4th in a class of 451 students with his 4.963 GPA. Having scored a perfect 800 on the math portion, he received a 1580 out of 1600 on the SAT. Additionally, he scored perfect 800’s on the SAT Math 2 and the SAT World History. Luke earned a perfect 36 on his ACT, and he has 10 perfect AP Exam scores to his name. He is a National Merit Semifinalist and a Harvard Book Award recipient. Luke was awarded 1st Place at the State Chemistry Olympiad Exam. In both 2018 and 2019 he took 1st Place in the Chesterfield County STEAM Competition. He was selected to participate in the John Hopkins University Study of Exceptional Talent Program. Luke is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the World Language, Math, and Social Studies Honor Societies.
As a member of James River’s community, Luke has been involved in numerous groups outside of the classroom. He is the Mu Alpha Theta President as a senior. He is a member of the Beta Club and the Latin Club. As a member of the Model United Nations, Luke is the current Vice President and was a two year Committee Chair. Luke is the SURF Freshman Mentoring Program Council Leader. He is also a three year Recruiting Coordinator for the Leadership and International Relations Center at James River.
Upon graduation, Luke will have lettered in 12 varsity sport seasons. He is a 4 time Varsity Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track athlete. With cross country, Luke is the current captain in his senior season. He is the King of the Hill XC Race, 2019 Champion. As a freshman he was named the MVP Newcomer. In 2018 the team was the 6A Regional Champion. On the Indoor Track team Luke has been recognized with the Fierce Rapid Award in 9th grade and the Coaches Award as a sophomore. Luke had the best time on the team in the 1000m as a sophomore and a junior. He also qualified for States in the 4×800 Relay. Luke was selected to be captain of the outdoor track team in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, and he received the Coaches Award as a junior. In his 10th and 11th grade seasons, Luke held the team best time for the 800m. Luke is a school record holder for the 4x1600m Relay and Distance Medley Relay.
As a student in the Leadership and International Relations Center, Luke is working on a Senior Capstone project. He will be raising awareness for the Hilliard House, a local temporary homeless shelter. Luke is also a coach for the Special Olympics Mile Training, and he is a volunteer coach for the middle school cross country and track teams. He is a weekly math tutor at James River and a James River Little Feet Meet Mentor. Luke is a CARITAS Homeless Shelter Volunteer. He has spent time with Rise Against Hunger supporting their meal packing program. For the past seven years, Luke has supported the Central Virginia Food Bank with weekly donations.
Luke has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Luke! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 2 scholar athlete for the Lexus Leadership Award is Shreya Sharma of the Collegiate School. Having a current 4.43 GPA, she has consistently been on the All A Honor Roll and is a Cum Laude Inductee. Shreya scored a 34 out of 36 on the ACT exam. With 3 perfect AP exams, she is an AP Scholar with Honors. Shreya has received the Wellesley Book Award which is given to students who excel in academics. She has been the recipient of a Historical Research Paper Clio Award and an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art Competition. She was also recognized with a HOBY Presidential Service Award.
An active member of Collegiate’s student body, Shreya is the Student Government Service Council Co-Chair. With the service club, Ramp Access Made Possible by Students (RAMPS), she has served as both the President and VP. While serving as the President the group was the recipient of the National Youth Philanthropy Award. Shreya has served as the President of Mosaic, a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice focused club. She was a member of a 15 person student team, the Blue Origin Science Research Group. This group worked to send an experiment into space by testing diffusion rates of a membrane in zero g. Shreya is an active participant in Bhangra and Bharatnatyam which are forms of Indian dance. Additionally, Shreya was selected to attend the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Harold M. Marsh Jr. Connections
Institute (10th) and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (10th and 12th).
As a three sport athlete at Collegiate, Shreya is a member of the spring and winter track teams and the tennis team. On the Varsity Tennis team, she is the captain for her senior season. Shreya is ranked number 2 for double and number 4 for singles. In 2018 the team won both the LIS and State Tennis Championship. Shreya was chosen as a captain for both winter and spring track in her junior season. She competes in long jump, triple jump, hurdles and sprints. Shreya has competed in the VISAA State Competition for the 4×4 team event. Her track teammates have voted her the winner of the Spirit Award (3 times) and the Dedication Award.
Throughout her high school years, Shreya has volunteered for the Faison School, a school for children with autism. She has participated in their summer enrichment program and their college prep program. Additionally she has been on the Service Council for the Oreo Ball and Carnation Fundraiser for the Faison School. She has given her time to the Salvation Army by packing donating toys for children at Christmas time. Shreya has also volunteered for the Annual Sweetheart Dance for the residents of a retirement home, Lakewood Manor. Her other service projects include Earth Day Temple beautification, RVAccess, summer camp leader, and school event volunteering.
Shreya has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Shreya! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond is proud to present our first scholar athlete of the school year, Walker Wallace of St. Christopher’s School. Having a current 4.5 GPA, he has received high honors every semester. Walker is a National Merit Commended Scholar. On the SAT exam he scored a near perfect 790 Math and a 1520 out of 1600 overall. He is additionally an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, the National Spanish Honor Society. At the end of his junior year Walker was selected by the faculty for the Dartmouth Book Award. He is a member of the English 10 which is comprised of the top 10 English students at St. Chris.
Currently as a St. Christopher’s senior, Walker is involved as a Student Council Representative . He is a two year member of the Saints for Social Justice (SSJ) where he is also an Executive Member. The SSJ is a group that focuses on awareness and empathy for diversity, tolerance, inclusion, equality and social justice. As a board member of the SSJ, Walker is involved in creating programs or conversation starters as well as overall group promotion. Since his freshman year, Walker has been an Acolyte and Warden for St. Stephan’s Church. He additionally is a two year Middle School Mentor at St. Chris; Walker provides one-on-one mentoring for another student in middle school.
A three sport athlete, Walker has consistently been on St. Chris’ Varsity teams since freshman year. For the lacrosse team, he will be a two time captain by the end of his high school career. Playing goalie Walker was recognized in his junior season for: 1st Team All State, 1st Team All Prep, 1st Team All Metro, and US Lacrosse All American. As a part of the football team, he plays wide receiver and is currently a captain. With the basketball team he has been selected be a captain. He plays as a forward and was chosen for the Prep League All Tournament Team as a junior. Following his senior year Walker will continue his lacrosse career with his commitment to Cornell University.
A four year member of St. Chris’ 100 for 100 club, Walker is now a captain of the group. He and his co-members raise money for lower income students. The club then joins the children at Dicks Sporting Goods for a $100 shopping spree at Christmas time. As a sophomore Walker began volunteering for both the Special Olympics and Jacob’s Chance Buddy Ball. He has been a tutor for the Anna Julia Cooper School since his junior year. Walker additionally has given his time for the One Love Foundation and Shalom Farms.
Walker has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Walker! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!