Lexus of Richmond’s week 16 Lexus Leadership Award scholarship nominee is Emily Callahan of Maggie Walker Governor’s School. Emily is a member of the National Honor Society with a current 4.27 GPA. Additionally Emily is a member of the National English Honor Society, the German National Honor Society, and the Thomas Jefferson History Honor Society. She earned 3 perfect scores on her AP exams, and Emily scored a 33 out of 36 on the ACT exam. In 2017 Emily received a Silver Award for her efforts on the National Spanish Exam. She attended the American Legion Auxiliary Virginia Girls’ State in 2018. Emily has received a National Merit Scholar Commendation.
Outside of the classroom, Emily involved in several organizations. She has been a member of Maggie Walker’s Spanish Club since freshman year, and she is a two year member of the German Club. Emily is involved in her school’s Knitting Club and the Baking Club. She is a member of the Dead Theologians’ Society. Emily began her Girl Scout career at only 4 years old. She is still an active member today having earned her Silver Award. Emily is working towards the Gold Award, the highest award or honor a Girl Scout can receive.
While attending Maggie Walker, Emily has been a member of the field hockey team all four years as a goalkeeper. Freshman year she played on the JV team, and she has been on Varsity since sophomore year. In 2018 as a senior she was selected to be a captain for the team. During her final season the team made it to the State Semi-Finals. Emily was selected for the 2nd Team All Region. As a freshman Emily was on both the indoor and outdoor track team where she threw shootout and discuss. Outside of her school athletic career, Emily has played for the Undertow Field Hockey Club since 2015. In 2018 she joined both the Blackhawks Indoor Lacrosse team and the Salle Green Fencing team.
Through her involvement in the Girl Scouts, Emily has been involved in numerous service projects including: litter removal, state park beautification, Global Youth Service Day, etc. She also founded a Girl Scouts Brownie Troop in 2017. She has volunteered for the SPCA Summer Camp in 2015. Beginning in 2018 Emily spends time with the US Equine Rescue League. In 2018 she was a volunteer coach for the Blackhawks Youth Lacrosse team. Emily is a regular contributor to the Miles of Scarves organization. Miles of Scarves then sells her work to raise money for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Emily has been a Church Acolyte since 4th grade, and during the summer of 2017 Emily volunteered for the Catholic Heart Workcamp.
Emily 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 Emily! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 15 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Philip Maruri of St. Christopher’s School. As a freshman and sophomore, Philip had the highest GPA of his class; with a current 4.7 GPA, Philip is ranked in the top 2 of the class. He scored a 1540 out of 1600 on the SAT exam and a 780 out of 800 on the SAT II for Spanish. Philip is an AP Scholar with Distinction having received 5 perfect scores on AP exams. In 2017 Philip received both the Excellence in Spanish Award and the Excellence in British Literature Award from St. Christopher’s. He received the George Squires Literary Award for Best Traditional Form Poetry in 2018. Philip was presented with the Jefferson Book Award and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award, both in 2018. He is also a 2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program Finalist and a 2018 National Merit Commended Scholar. In 2017 Philip attended the Yale Young Global Scholars summer program Frontiers of Math and Science. In 2018 Philip was chosen to attend the Virginia Summer Governor’s School of Agriculture.
While a junior at St. Chris, Philip helped found the Saints For Environmental Awareness and Action. He revamped a deficit environmental club with a new name and purpose, and he has served as the co-head for two years. Philip is a three year member of the Battle of the Brains team at St. Chris and currently a co-captain. He is in the Political Awareness Club where he serves as the Vice President. He is a tenor in the group Beaux Ties, an acapella group at St. Christopher’s. Phillip participates in the school glee club and the school literary magazine, the Hieroglyphic.
A two sport athlete throughout high school, Philip is a 4 year member of both the Varsity Cross Country team and the Varsity Wrestling team. In 2017 and 2018 the cross country team won the Prep League Championship and the Division 1 State Championship. While on the wrestling team, Philip was a 106 freshman and sophomore starter. During his first and second season the team was the Prep League Champions and the VISAA runner up. As a sophomore Philip finish with a winning record. For his junior year Philip moved up to the 126 weight class. He placed 6th at the Blue Devil Classic and 4th at the Battle at Dinwiddie. The team took 1st place at the Prep Slam in Atlanta. They were the Prep League Champions and the VISAA State Champions last season.
Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 7th grade, Philip is now officially an Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Philip renovated a garden at the Hermitage retirement home. He designed and constructed new wheelchair accessible flower beds over the course of 135 hours. With the SEAA Club he has helped with multiple river clean ups each year at Belle Isle. Philip traveled to Patagonia and to Costa Rica for school service trips. As a St. Chris Peer Advisor Philip helps guide freshman through the first year of high school. He is additionally a 4 year member (current captain) of St. ChristoCURES which raises money and awareness for the Massey Cancer Center.
Philip 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 Philip! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond would like to present Hannah Ballowe of St. Catherine’s School as our week 14 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With her current 3.99 GPA she has been on the Honor Roll every year. As a freshman Hannah won the Peace Essay Contest. Hannah also was a National Latin Exam Cum Laude Scorer.
During her time at St. Catherine’s, Hannah has been involved in several student groups. She started an American Sign Language Club at the school. She is also a member of the Chemistry Club and the Medical Club. Hannah is the editor of the school paper “The Arcadian”. Before senior year, Hannah attended the United States Air Force Academy Summer Seminar. Outside of school functions Hannah has worked as a lifeguard at Burkwood Aquatics Club and Richmond Quarry Club.
A Varsity Indoor/Outdoor Track team member since 8th grade, Hannah was named a captain for junior and senior year. She ran Varsity Cross Country as a junior and senior, and she also played Varsity Field Hockey in 9th and 10th grade. Hannah is a 6 time LIS Champion for Outdoor Track: twice for the 4x400m, twice for the 1600m, and twice for the 800m. She is an 8 time LIS Champion for Indoor Track: three times for the 4x400m, twice for the 1600m, and three times for the 1000m. Hannah is an eight time VISAA State Champ in Outdoor Track and a six time VISAA State Champ in Indoor Track. For both cross country and track, Hannah has been selected to the All LIS 1st Team 7 times and the All VISAA State 1st Team 8 times. Hannah has been recognized as a 1st Team All Metro selection by the Richmond Times Dispatch over 19 times for indoor track, outdoor track and cross country. She is a school record holder in the following events: indoor track 4x400m; outdoor track 4x400m, 400m, 800m; cross country 5k. Hannah was named the LIS Championships Runner of the Meet in 2017 and 2018 for indoor track. Hannah was the VISAA Track and Field State Meet MVP in 2017 and 2018 for both indoor and outdoor track.
Hannah has given time to a number of community service projects over her high school years. She has volunteered for the ReeseStrong 5K. Hannah has helped lead a youth track summer camp. She has worked with FeedMore and RVA Girl Talk. Additionally Hannah has participated in events with Housing Families First and with Sacred Heart Center.
Hannah 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 Hannah! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond presents Maggie Salomonsky of Powhatan High School as our week 13 Leadership Award Scholarship Nominee. With a 4.4095 GPA Maggie is currently ranked in the top 4 of her graduating class. She is a member of the National English Honor Society and the National Computer Science Honor Society. In 2018 Maggie received the William and Mary Leadership Award. She took 2nd place for public speaking at the Future Business Leaders of America Regional Conference. Maggie was a Delegate of Virginia at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.
While attending Powhatan, Maggie has found herself involved in numerous groups and activities within the student community. Participating in student government, Maggie served as the Freshman and Sophomore Class Vice President. She followed up as the Junior Class President, and she is currently the Senior Class President. She has been a PHS Ambassador through all four years of school. She is a member of the Leftovers Club, supporting Relay for Life. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and serves as the Local Chapter Secretary. She has spent her time outside of school as a volunteer youth basketball coach. Additionally, Maggie has worked at VCU Medicines for All as a Chemical Research Lab Technician.
Maggie has been on Powhatan’s Varsity Basketball team throughout all four years of school; she plays point guard, shooting guard and forward. As a junior she was selected for both the Second Team All District and the Regional Honorable Mention. Additionally as a junior Maggie was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player. Outside of Maggie’s basketball career, she was a member of the Varsity Track and Field as a freshman and a JV Volleyball team member in her sophomore year.
Over the course of her high school years, Maggie has participated in several community service projects. She spends time with Project ASK for the Support of Children with Cancer. Maggie has worked on several local community service projects with the Powhatan National Honor Society. Having completed over 70 volunteer hours, Maggie received the Future Business Leaders of America Community Service Award, First Level.
Maggie 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 Maggie! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 12 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Lauren Murphy of Mills E. Godwin High School. Currently with a 4.17 GPA, Lauren is a member of the National Honor Society. She is additionally a member of the Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the English Honor Society. Lauren is a member of both the National Beta Club and the National Society of High School Scholars.
While attending Godwin, Lauren has been involved in multiple organizations within the student body. She is a member of the Spanish Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also a Keynotes officer in the Key Club. Through the SOHO Club and SODA Club, Lauren helps in local elementary schools. This includes assisting the teachers with projects, paperwork, or maybe even teaching the students a small lesson in class.
As a four year player on Godwin’s varsity softball team, Lauren has received numerous accolades and achievements. In 2017 she was chosen as the team MVP, and in both 2016 and 2018 she was the Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior she was named to the First Team All Conference, First Team All Region, and First Team All State. In 2016 Lauren was chosen for the Second Team All Conference. Lauren is even a three time member of the All-Academic Team. After graduating from Godwin, Lauren will continue her softball career at Princeton.
During her high school years, Lauren has given back to numerous causes. Lauren has been a peer tutor in Algebra 1 and Geometry to fellow Godwin students. She volunteers with the school’s SOHO Club. Lauren has spent her time outside of school volunteering for Caritas in Richmond. She has participated with Reedville Fisherman’s Museum Oyster Roast. Lauren has also volunteered for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond for their Annual Slow Pitch Softball Tournament.
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 Award interview to learn more about Lauren! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Outside of the classroom, Sam is a member of the Saints Chamber Orchestra. Following a successful audition as a freshman, he is now a four year member; as a senior, Sam is 2nd Chair violin. He is a member of the chess club and a peer advisor to the younger students attending St. Chris’ high school. Sam is a four year member of Global Ambassadors and currently the Co-President. The club is dedicated to promoting awareness for the exchange students within the school, and helping them adjust to their new school community.
As a five year player for the Richmond United Academy, Sam is a 4 time captain. He plays as a defensive midfielder and center back. During his time with the team he has been called into 7 US Soccer Training Centers. Sam was one of 24 players nationally selected to train at Ajax in Amsterdam, one of the top youth academies in the world. Sam has been a part of St. Christopher’s Futsal team all four years of high school. In 2018 Sam finished the season as the second leading goal scorer for the team. The team was the Valentine Classic Champions in 2017 with 31 goals scored. Sam competed in the US Futsal Nationals while in 8th grade. He was the leading goal scorer with 7 goals in 4 games. Recently, Sam committed to UNC Chapel Hill where he will continue his soccer career.
Since his sophomore year Sam has been participating in Saturday Academy. Through this program at St. Chris he and his peers are able to tutor and mentor local underprivileged children. Over the summers of 2017 and 2018 Sam was a teacher’s assistant at the Peter Paul Development Center. For two weeks of summer 2017, Sam participated in Diverbo Pueblo Ingles in Spain. He helped teach English to local Spanish speakers. As a senior Sam is the Vice President of the Building a Better Richmond Public Schools program. The group helps in various schools through the system to clean/maintain and raise funds of improvement.
Sam 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 Sam! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
As a four year varsity member of Maggie Walker’s tennis team, Katy will be a captain for her senior season. Every year of high school Katy has been seeded in the top 5. Throughout her time on the time Katy has helped lead tennis clinics with her teammates. As a freshman in 2016, the team became 2A Regional Champions. The team became back-to-back 2A State Champions in 2017 and 2018 during Katy’s sophomore and junior seasons.
During her time in high school Katy has been involved in various community service projects around RVA. Over the summer of 2016 Katy participated in a Proper Walk through Great Rift Valley in Kenya. She visited Makindu Children’s Center then walked 120 miles over 10 days. This walk raised $5,000 for medical, educational, and nutritional support for the orphaned children. Since her sophomore year, Katy has volunteered for the Democratic Party of Virginia. She has assisted with the Northam gubernatorial campaign and the Spanberger congressional campaign. For three years Katy spent time with Hands On RVA at the Goochland Food Pantry, Richmond Public Schools Teacher Store, and the Church Hill urban garden.
Katy 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 Katy! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 9 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Elby Omohundro of St. Christopher’s School. With his current 4.2 GPA, Elby has received high honors every semester while attending St. Chris. He is on the Double Accelerated Math Track, meaning; Elby completed the AP Calculus AB course as a sophomore and the AP Calculus BC course as a junior. He was chosen by St. Chris faculty for the West Point Book Award and attended the US Military Academy Summer Leadership Experience in 2018.
While attending St. Chris, Elby was selected in 2017 for the Harold M. Marsh Sr. Connections Institute. He has held the position of School Chairperson for the program since junior year. Elby has been involved in the school’s Missionary Society and the Student Ambassador Program. He has been a member of the Robotics Team since 2016. A member of the Saints for Social Justice since 2016, he is currently a Co-Head for his senior year. As a senior, Elby is a member of the Captain’s Counsel where every team captain meets to discuss various schools events or related topics.
Upon graduation, Elby will have 5 seasons of Varsity Track, both indoor and outdoor. He has been selected as a captain for both teams for his senior year. In 2017 the team won both the indoor and outdoor State Championships. Elby is also an individual 2x State Champ for the triple jump and the high jump. He is a 4x Prep League Championship MVP and a 3x State Championship MVP. Over the years, Elby has had 27 top 6 finishes at State Championship meets. He has gone on to compete at 6 National Championships for the decathlon, the triple jump, and the long jump. After being recruited by 30 colleges as a decathlete, Elby has decided to compete for the University of Virginia.
Over his high school years, Elby has participated in various community service projects. Since 2016 he has volunteered for Caritas in Richmond. He has also volunteered with the Hanover Humane Society. In 2017 Elby began spending time as a volunteer coach for the Robious Bucs Youth Football team, which he is still presently coaching. Also in 2017 he co-founded Run the World. This is non-profit organization collects gently used athletic shoes and donates to those in need.
Elby 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 Elby! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
During her time at Trinity, Sally has participated in several activities and organizations. She served as the Junior Class President. She has been involved with the Science Society and the Latin Club. Sally participates with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Operation Smile Club, and the FOCUS Club. She is also a member of the Bucket Squad which supports Trinity’s sports teams at their games. As a Trail Guide member, Sally will provide support or guidance for new students at the school. She is also a STAR Tour Guide where gives hour long tours of the campus to prospective families.
As a member of Trinity’s Field Hockey team, Sally has been recognized for numerous achievements. In 2017 she was chosen for the 2nd Team All Metro and the All LIS Team. Also in 2017 she finished the season 2nd in scoring and 1st in assists. For the 2018 season she was named a captain, and is the leading goal scorer while 2nd in assists. The Richmond Times Dispatch named Sally a Top 5 Player to Watch following her 2017 selection for the US Field Hockey U-16 Junior Olympics. From 2016-2018 Sally has been listed on the US Field Hockey Top 100 2019’s. Sally will be continuing to play field hockey for William and Mary following her sophomore year commitment to their team.
Sally 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 Sally! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Throughout her 4 years at Maggie Walker, Narmeen has participated in a wide range of clubs and activities. She is a four year member of the school’s Honor Council. She is in her second year of the School Advisory Committee. As a freshman, Narmeen founded the school’s UNICEF Club and is the Co-President currently. She is also a member of the Future Medical Professionals Club where she serves as the Co-President. As a senior, she is a Co-President of the Model UN. Sophomore year Narmeen founded the school’s Baking Club and serves as a Co-President. Other involvement includes the Arabic Club, Bhangra Club and Piano Lessons. Outside of Maggie Walker, Narmeen has completed an research internship at the University of Iowa in a Pharmacology Lab.
Narmeen has played Varsity Tennis since freshman year. Every season she has played number 2 singles and number 1 doubles. She served as the 2018 captain. As a freshman and sophomore, Narmeen was the 2A State Singles Runner-Up and the 2A State Doubles Champion. In 2018 as a junior she was the State Doubles Runner-Up. The Maggie Walker team is the 2A
State Champion for both 2017 and 2018.
Over the last dew years Narmeen has put forth her time to numerous service projects including leading a charity fashion show which raised over $1,600 for Charity: Water. This effort included sewing over 35 articles of clothing, coordinating logistics, gathering volunteers and marketing. During her senior year, Narmeen will take on the role of Director of Charitable Giving for the 22nd Governor’s School Model UN Conference. She will be responsible for the fundraising of $10,000 by March of 2019. She has also spent over 200 hours as a Bon Secours St. Francis Patient Response Volunteer. Other organizations she’s spent time with include: the Autism Society of Central Virginia, the Susan G Komen Teen Advisory Board, UNOS 5K, and Habitat for Humanity.
Narmeen 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 Narmeen! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!