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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!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 15 – Frost Wood

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Frost Wood of St. Christopher’s School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 15 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With his current 4.0 GPA, Frost is a  National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honors. In 2015, he was selected for the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence. He also attended the International Boys School Coalition Conference in 2016 as he was selected by the school faculty to be St. Chris’ delegate at the conference in Vancouver.

While at St. Chris, Frost has played varsity soccer all four years and is the current captain. In 2016, he was chosen for the All State 2nd team, and in 2015 and 2016 he was a part of the All Virginia Prep League Team. The team took the State Title in 2014 and 2016. They are also the Prep League Champs in 2014 – 2016. Frost is also a member of the varsity swim team all throughout high school and is the current captain. Additionally he competed on the varsity track team for 4 years. Frost has taken part in the St. ChristoCURE’s Cancer Awareness Team for 3 years which participates in the Monument Avenue 10k. He has been involved in student council as a Vice President for 2 years, and he is the President of the Political Awareness Club.

Active in the community, Frost has spent time tutoring and mentoring boys in St. Chris’ lower school as well as elementary students through Saturday Academy. He has spent time with FeedMore working in the kitchens and food bank. He has also worked on a landscape project  at the Peter Paul Development Center. During the summer of 2013, Frost traveled to Costa Rica for a week long service and immersion trip.

Frost 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  Frost! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 14 – Morgan Lewis

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Lexus of Richmond’s Leadership Award week 14 nominee is Morgan Lewis from the Veritas School. With a GPA of 4.0, Morgan is currently in the top 2 of her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society since being inducted in 2015. Morgan won a gold medal for the National Latin Exam. In 2015, she won two Book Awards for the Veritas School Science Department and the Humanities Department. Currently she is a UVA Jefferson Scholarship nominee.

While at Veritas, Morgan has competed on the cross country and track & field team. She is the VISAA cross country State Champion from 2012 and 2014 – 2016. She’s the indoor track 3200m state champion in 2014 and the outdoor track state champion for the 1600m and 3200m in 2014 and 2015. Morgan holds 14 school records for running at Veritas, and she was named the Richmond Times Dispatch Scholar Athlete of the Month in September 2016. To go along with her athletics, Morgan is also an accomplished violinist as a member of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Morgan has been involved with United Athletics where she aided disabled athletes during triathlons. In addition, she has spent time with the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls by putting together strength, running and nutrition clinics for the children. Morgan is the founder and organizer of Run for Mukhanyo which is a children’s run fundraiser for a South African school for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. The richmond run averages $16,000 a year and has happened annually for 6 years. She has also created two additional runs in North Carolina. All together the three runs brought in $40,000 this past year.

Morgan 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 Morgan! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 13 – Peyton Badura

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Lexus of Richmond’s week 13 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Peyton Badura of James River High School Center for Leadership and International Relations. She currently has a 4.52 GPA as a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. She has received a National Society of High School Scholars Award, and Peyton was a Junior Marshall being in the top 25 of her class. She was also the recipient of the James River High School Most Valuable Rapid which was based on outstanding academics, leadership and service.

Having played on James River’s varsity crew team throughout high school, Peyton is currently the captain and has been named the MVP two times. The team competes during all three seasons; fall, winter (indoor), and spring. In 2015, she was named to the National Rowing Association of America. This was an invitation to compete in a National sprint race where she finished 9th in the Nation. Peyton has served on James River’s Leadership Council all four years of school as the International Relations chair, Recruiting Chair and Communications Chair. She has served on the Chesterfield County Youth Services Citizen Board as Chairman of a 42 member board. She is also the founder and president of Project GUDWorks, a club that collects donations then gives the items to local and national charities.

Peyton is the Founder of You’ve Been Asked, which raises money for the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation. The initial donor will nominate a neighbor/friend and then the group places a sign in their yard asking them to donate. Having worked through two neighborhoods, the organization has collected $17,500. She founded the Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkin 1 Mile Relay for ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation which has raised $2,500.

Peyton 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 Peyton! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Week 12 – Gwin Sinnott

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Gwin Sinnott of the Collegiate School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 12 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. In 2015, she was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Squad. She previously was selected to the IELC, an international conference, as a Junior Ambassador; and she was chosen for the IEL, an international conference in Mexico City, as America’s Senior Ambassador.

She has been on Collegiate’s varsity lacrosse team all four years of high school in the midfield. The team was the 2014 LIS Champion. She has been named to the All Metro Team, the All LIS Team, and First Team All State for lacrosse. She was her team’s MVP in 2016. Gwin has also played varsity field hockey all throughout high school playing midfield and defense. The team was the 2013 VISSA state champion. Gwin has been involved in Collegiate’s Community Service Council where she served as a class representative as a freshman and sophomore, and now she is the council’s secretary since junior year.

For 9th -12th grade, Gwin has been a part of Collegiate’s Community Council which promotes community service events as a chance for other students to participate. She volunteers for Geronimo Lacrosse to coach 1st – 6th grade girls. Gwin is also a part of 100 4 100 in Richmond. The organization raises money for inner city kids. Around Christmas time, those kids are able to go shopping with their $100 with the help of an organization member.

Gwin 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 Gwin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!