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Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 24 – Hayden Mitchell

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 24 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Hayden Mitchell of St. Christopher’s School. Currently he has a 4.1 GPA and has received high honors every year in high school. He received a Silver Medal on the National Spanish Exam during his freshman and sophomore year. As a junior, Hayden was selected for the William and Mary Leadership Award. This award is chosen by the faculty for a junior who has outstanding leadership, scholarship and loyalty to the school and community.

As a wide receiver for St. Chris’ varsity football team, Hayden was the team captain his senior season. He was named to the All-Metro, All-State, and All-Prep teams. In his final season, he set multiple school records such as; receiving yards in a season, receiving yards per catch, receiving yards per game, receiving yards in a game, and receiving touch downs in a season. Recently, he committed to play football at UVA. Hayden is also on the baseball team as a catcher, infielder and outfielder; and he is the senior team captain. He has been a middle school mentor for there years and a freshman peer advisor for two years. As a senior, Hayden was selected by classmates to serve as a representative on the Honor Council. He is also a board member of the Saints for Social Justice which promotes awareness for diversity, tolerance, inclusion, equality and social justice.

Before freshman year, Hayden attended a community service and language immersion trip to Costa Rica. He has been a volunteer for FeedMore in participation with Foodbank and Community Kitchen. He is the Captain of the Saints $100-4-100 which raises money for low income students. The kids are then able to spend their $100 at Christmas time. Hayden is the Head of Saturday Academy at St. Chris. The program allows elementary students from at-risk situations to be tutored and play games with the high school students at St. Chris.

Hayden 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 Drive interview to learn more about Hayden! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 23 – Olivia Walker

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Our week 23 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Olivia Walker of Cosby High School. Ranked 10th in her class with a 4.7 GPA, Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin National Honor Society. For three straight years, she was selected as the Latin Student of the Year. She attended the Summer Residential Governor’s School and participated as a Junior Marshal. Olivia is a Finalist for the Jefferson Scholarship at UVA and received the Provost Scholarship at VCU.

Being a member of the varsity volleyball team at Cosby, Olivia was the team captain this past season. During her time on the team, she was presented the Heart and Hustle Award and was selected for the All Tournament Team. She has also been a part of a travel team and a beach volleyball team; both through the Richmond Volleyball Club. Olivia is also a well-versed dancer. She competes as a part of the Heart of Ireland Celtic Pulse Dance Company where she was a World Qualifier in the Open Level for both softshoe and hard shoe. Outside of Irish dance, she has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. At Cosby, Olivia is a member of the Beta Club and Latin Club as well as the Health Occupations Students of America. She is the President of the National Honor Society. Olivia is a member of two show choirs: Spotlight and Rhapsody.

Olivia spends time volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and Safe Kids VA. She also performs at various nursing homes in the area. She has been a camp instructor and a coach through the Richmond Volleyball Club Outreach program. Other programs she has worked with include; the PTA at CE Curtis Elementary, Vacation Bible School, and Friends Feeding Friends. Olivia has even founded a service called Re-Turn Dancewear.

Olivia 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 Drive interview to learn more about Olivia! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 22 – Edward Anderson

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Edward Anderson of St. Christopher’s School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 22 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With a 4.5 GPA, he is ranked in the top 10% of his graduating class. On the SAT’s, he scored a 1460 out of a possible 1600. He has received academic honors every semester of high school; and in his junior year, he was presented the Dartmouth Book Award which was chosen by the faculty.

While attending St. Chris, Edward founded the school’s mountain bike team. He qualified and competed in the cycling national championships. He was the winner of the National Interscholastic Mountain Bike Association, and in the same season, he went undefeated in all four of his races. Edward won multiple races including: the Dominion Riverrock Bike Race, Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series Forest Hill Park, and the Tidewater Marathon Race to name a few. In 2017 he was selected as a professional cyclist for Axeon Hagens Berman for a U23 international team. Edward is the co-head of the middle school mentoring program at St. Chris as well as a peer advisor for 9th grade students. He is a member of Students for Environmental Awareness, a Missionary Society Member, and a Senior Admissions Advisor. Edward also completed his Eagle Scout Project and earned a Bronze Palm.

Through his involvement with the Boy Scouts, Edward has volunteered at the Berkeley Plantation from 2013-2015. He volunteers for Caritas through Second Presbyterian Church and Reveille Methodist Church. Since 2014, Edward has been volunteering for rvaMORE. Through this organization, he has been working to build and maintain trails throughout the James River Park System.

Edward 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 Drive interview to learn more about Edward! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 21 – Cameron Donaldson

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Cameron Donaldson of James River High School, Center for Leadership and International Relations, is Lexus of Richmond’s week 21 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. Ranked 5th in her class, she has a 4.69 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She was a Junior Marshal in her junior year, and in 2016 Cameron received the West Point Leadership Award. She has collected awards for Excellence in Algebra 2, Excellence in Communications, and Excellence in AP Environmental Science, and AP Biology.

A multi-sport athlete, Cameron is a part of James River’s varsity lacrosse as the goalie and the team captain. In 2016 she was selected for the 1st Team All Conference. She is also on the school’s varsity basketball team. Outside of athletics and academics, she is an accomplished musician. Cameron has been involved in the All County Orchestra from 2014-2017 as a part of the 1st violin section. She is a co-founder and a co-captain of the Ethics Bowl Team at James River. The team even placed 4th at the second annual VA State Ethics Bowl. In 2016, she was selected for the Virginia Aerospace and Technology Scholars Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center. While partaking in this program, Cameron was selected to lead the group of 12 students in their design and presentation for a “Mission to Mars.” She then presented to the Administrator of NASA Langley and his team of engineers.

The James River Run-N-Fun Event was co-founded and carried out by Cameron. This event included a 5k race, live music, raffles and food; and it raised over $1600 for Change the World RVA. This organization provides homeless students with food, shelter, clothing, academic assistance and overall help and care. As a part of the James River Tri-M Honors Music Society, she co-founded the Crescendo Music Award. This is a scholarship program that provides private music lessons for promising middle school musicians.

Cameron 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 Drive interview to learn more about Cameron! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond’s Leadership Award Week 20 – Ryan Buscaglia

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 20 nominee for the Leadership Award is Ryan Buscaglia of Maggie Walker Governor’s School. With a 4.13 GPA and 3 perfect scores on AP Tests, he is a member of the National Honor Society and is the President of the Italian National Honor Society. Ryan is the a member of the Thomas Jefferson Historical Society and has received an Honorable Mention at the National Italian Exam in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, he took a bronze medal for the National Spanish Exam.

Throughout his high school career, Ryan has been a part of the cross country and track teams as well as indoor track and swimming. The cross country team is a 3 time AA East Region Champion, and in 2014 the team was the State Runner-Up and the State Champion in 2015. Ryan has been named to the cross country All-Conference team 4 times, the All-Region team 4 times, and the All-State 3 times. He was chosen 2 times for the Richmond Times Dispatch 1st Team All-Metro. In his indoor track career, Ryan was a State Champ for 4 different events, and he holds 2 school records. For outdoor track, he took 5 different State Championships and holds 2 school records. Ryan also competed at the New Balance Nationals 3 times for outdoor track. Outside of his athletic accomplishments, Ryan is the President of both the Italian Club and the Hackey Sack Club at Maggie Walker. He is the class spirit captain and a student ambassador. His other involvement includes the Model UN, Key Club, and We the People.

Ryan has worked with various organizations giving back to the community. He has been involved with Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Ryan has participated with MORE, a foundation which collects shoes and HOLA, a project with Oakgrove Bellemeade Elementary. He is even the youth group leader at Salisbury Presbyterian Church.

Ryan 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 Drive interview to learn more about Ryan! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond’s Leadership Award Week 19 – Alyse Armentrout

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Alyse Armentrout of Atlee High School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 19 nominee for our Leadership Award. Ranked in her class’ top 10; she has a 4.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, National BETA Club, and German National Honor Society. In 2016, Alyse was chosen for the Randolph College Book Award as an outstanding junior who excels in academics and is a leader outside the classroom. She received a silver award in 2016 for the National German Exam Silberkunde. Alyse has been recognized nationally for four years for her high achievements on the National German Exam.

Throughout high school, Alyse has played varsity basketball as a center and is currently the team captain. Earlier this year, she scored her 1,000th career point for Atlee. In 2016, she was named the VHSL Conference Player of the Year and Atlee High’s MVP. She earned a spot on the First-Team All Conference, First-Team All Region, and Second-Team All State. All four years of school, Alyse has been on the All-Academic Team. In Addition, Alyse is a 4-year varsity soccer player as a midfielder. Since sophomore year, Alyse has been her class secretary in the student government. She is involved in the BETA Club where she is the President and in the DECA Executive Officer Council in which she is the VP of Finance.

Outside of school and athletics, Alyse is overtly involved in the community. She and a fellow student organized and executed a tutoring program for 2nd graders at Cool Spring Elementary. The program allows for high school students to assist the children with reading, spelling and math. Alyse has been in involved in the Shady Grove TEAMeffort Mission; in 2015 the group went to New Orleans and in 2016 they traveled to Blue Knob, PA. She has worked with Little Big Feet Meet as an ambassador for the Special Olympics. Other organizations she has spent time with include: Stop Hunger Now, Ruriteens, BARK, Upward Sports, and Fox Holiday Socks.

Alyse 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 Drive interview to learn more about Alyse! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 18 – Polina Bukina

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 18 nominee for the Leadership Award is Polina Bukina of Mills E Godwin High School Specialty Center for Medical Sciences. With her 4.367 GPA, Polina is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, BETA Society, and is the Spanish Honor Society President. She took home the Old Dominion Special Award for Non-Destructive Testing at the Metro Richmond Science Fair and 3rd place in the Medical and Health category at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science.

Polina has played on Godwin’s varsity volleyball team all throughout high school and was the co-captain in 11th and 12th grade. She was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference in her junior and senior seasons. 10th – 12th grade she was selected for the All Conference Academic Team. She was the teams defensive player of the year for her junior season, and the team won the conference championship the same year. She is a tutor at her school through the NHS, Godwin’s Key Club treasurer, and Godwin’s Medical Club Vice President. Polina has spent 155 hours as a lab research assist at the Godwin Research Lab where they are working on cancer cell research.

She has spent time volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and is currently finalizing her EMT certification and volunteering for the Lakeside Rescue Squad. Polina has spent time as a volunteer for the Special Olympics through the Richmond Volleyball Club. She has volunteered at her local elementary school and has tutored other students at her high school.

Polina 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 Drive interview to learn more about Polina! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 17 – Dillon Powell

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 17 nominee for the Leadership Award is Dillon Powell of Midlothian High School. He is the anticipated valedictorian with a 5.017 GPA and a SAT score of 1510 of a possible 1600.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Math National Honor Society, German National Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society. He was named the AP Student of the Year in his junior year, and is currently enrolled in Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Studies Program for multivariable differential calculus.

Dillon has played lacrosse at Midlothian since freshman year and is currently the captain, and he even was involved in making it an official sport at the school. During his 10th grade season, the team won the Conference Title and went on to be a state semifinalist. Dillon was selected for the All Conference team and the All South Regional team after his 10th and 11th grade seasons. While at Midlothian, Dillon has held student council positions all four years of high school. He has also founded two clubs at his school; the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Club and the Chess Club. Dillon was selected as a Junior Marshall where he took part in organizing the graduation ceremony.

All throughout high school, Dillon has coached children’s and young teenagers’ lacrosse teams through the Chesterfield Youth League. He has also partnered with Sportable to assist and coach wheelchair lacrosse teams and disabled swimming teams; he also managed equipment for the lacrosse team for Sportable. Through founding the Midlothian High Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Club, Dillon has been helping educate other students on the effects of the illness. He plans on organizing charity events and tying them into his spring lacrosse games.

Dillon 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 Drive interview to learn more about Dillon! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond’s Leadership Award Week 16 – Lauren Golmon

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Lexus of Richmond’s Leadership Award week 16 nominee is Lauren Golmon of Glen Allen High School. She is currently in her graduating class’ top 10 with a 4.5 GPA. Having been on the A Honor Roll throughout high school, Lauren is a member of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa a History Honor Society. She has also received an AP Scholar with Distinction award. She was the State Champion in the Governor’s Challenge for Personal Finance where she was recognized as the Individual High Scorer.

During her freshman year, Lauren played JV and Varsity softball, and she earned an MVP award for the JV team. She has been on the varsity team all four years playing 1st base and catcher and has earned the most improved player award in her 10th grade season. After 10th grade she was selected for the 2nd Team All-Conference and Academic All-Conference Teams. After her junior season, Lauren was named to the 1st Team All-Conference and Academic All-Conference Teams as well as the 2nd Team All-Region and Academic All Region Teams. Since 10th grade, Lauren has been a member of the Key Club as a grade level director for two years and currently the club secretary. She is also a Student Congress Representative as an Executive Caucus Member. Lauren created the first ever Math Bowl at Glen Allen HS during her sophomore year and is currently the Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta.

Lauren spends time with Partners for Success by tutoring other students in all subjects to help them prep for exams and finals. She also helps the senior community in Glen Allen by teaching technology classes in order to help the class better understand safe internet practices. Recently, Lauren has volunteered at the Memorial Regional Medical Center. She has worked the front desk, answers call bells and discharges patients.

Lauren 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 Drive interview to learn more about Lauren! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!