While attending Collegiate, Emily has competed on the Varsity Winter Track team for six years and the Varsity Spring Track team for four seasons. For her time on the winter track team, Emily has been recognized as the MVP as a junior and senior. She has also received the Coaches Award and Rookie of the Year Award. For spring track Emily was awarded the MVP Award in 2017 and the Award for Excellence in 2016. Additionally she was selected for the ALL League of Independent Schools team and the All State team in 2015. In 2017 Emily set a school record in the 4x100m, and she qualified and ran in 2 events at the Penn Relays.
As a member of Collegiate’s Robotics Team, Emily is the captain and leader of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). She is a member and currently the President of the Darr-Davis Investment Board at Collegiate. This group manages a portfolio worth $100,000 and works together to grow and develop their investments. As a junior and now senior, Emily works on the school Yearbook. She is the Arts and Campus Life Editor where she focuses on the day-to-day life of the students as well as occurrences such as homecoming, field trips or the spring play.
Since 2015, Emily has been a peer tutor for other students at Collegiate in subjects such as: physics, chemistry, pre-calculus, geometry and Chinese. During her freshman and sophomore years she was a classroom assistant at St. Andrews. Emily has volunteered her time to help people around the Richmond area with groups like Caritas and The Doorways.
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!
Joe is a 4 year member of the Wrestling team, Cross Country team, Indoor Track team and the Outdoor Track team. During senior year he was the captain of all four teams. As a wrestler, he is a three time conference finalist and two time conference champion. He is a three time regional finalist and two time regional champion. Joe won the State Championship as a sophomore and senior. As a senior he went 32-0, and his career record is 109-9. Through cross country, Joe has been named to the All Conference Team, All Region Team, and All State Team twice each. The Team won the State Championship all four years from 2014-2017. With indoor track, Joe is a two time State qualifier for both pole vaulting and the two mile. On the outdoor track team, Joe has been named to the All Conference Team twice for pole vault and two mile. He has also been selected for pole vaulting as a two time All Region Team and two time All State Team.
As a freshman at Maggie Walker, Joe co-founded the Frisbee club and is currently the President as a senior. During 10th and 11th grade, he was a member of the Debate Team at school, and the group qualified and competed at States. Joe was also a member and chair of the Model Congress. Having been inducted in the National History Honor Society, Joe is currently the treasurer for the group. Additionally, he is a member of the Spanish Club and Chess Club.
Being a co-founder and President of the Frisbee club in school, Joe is also the organizer of the Maggie Walker Charity Frisbee Tournament. In order to participate in the tournament, teams will either pay a fee or donate canned goods. The donations and money are delivered to Feedmore RVA. Joe has spent time as a teachers aide for Prince George County Schools Summer Enrichment program from 2014-2016. Additionally, he has been a library aide at L.L. Beazley Elementary School as well as a referee for Powhatan Youth Wrestling.
Joe 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 Joe! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 24 Leadership Award nominee is Grace Wielar of St. Catherine’s School. With a 4.1 overall GPA, Grace has received honors every semester of high school. Following her end of year AP Tests, she was named an AP Scholar. In 2017 Grace was selected as a USA Swimming Scholastic All American based on the combination of her GPA and swimming time standards.
Having been on St. Catherine’s Varsity Swim Team since 8th grade, Grace has received 5 Varsity Letters, and is the captain of the team for her senior year. Having qualified for States in 2014, she became a State Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was named to the All State Team in seven events in 2015, 2016 and 2017. For the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Grace was named to the All League of Independent Schools in 2017. She was recognized as part of the Richmond Times Dispatch All Metro Team in 2017. Grace is a member of the 2017 VISAA State Championship winning team, and she is the State Champion of the 200 medley relay. She holds 6 school records in the pool at St. Catherine’s, and in 2017 she was the recipient of the Golden Goggles Award (MVP). She has also recently committed to swim for Villanova next year.
Outside of athletics, Grace is involved with her church youth group and is a part of various groups at St. Catherine’s. She is a member of the Speak-Up Club which focuses on mental health, personal reflection and suicide awareness/prevention. She is a Student Ambassador where Grace leads prospective students and parents on tours of the school. Grace was additionally a part of the school’s 125th Anniversary Greeting Committee. Other organizations she participates with include: surfrider club, a dance group Joni and the knitting club.
Committed to giving back to her community, Grace is involved with numerous worthy groups and causes. With her passion for swimming, she volunteers with the Special Olympics and at swim clinics and master swim meets. She spends time with the Saturday Academy at St. Christopher’s for underprivileged children in RVA. Grace has spent time with Feedmore, the Hilliard House and Tool Bank as well.
Grace 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 Grace! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Courtney Rosser of Hanover High School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 23 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. As a part of her graduating class’ top 10, she has a current 4.65 GPA and has been in the National Honor Society since 2016. For her senior year, Courtney has held the position of Events Chair in the NHS where she organizes fundraisers and events for the group. She is a member of the Beta Club, and is a Hanover Scholar as she has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school. In 2017 Courtney received the West Point Society of Richmond Leadership Award for excellent performance in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
As a four year member of Hanover’s Varsity Soccer team, Courtney plays defensive midfield and center defense, and she is the captain for her senior season. In 2017 she received the Defensive Player of the Year Award from Hanover. In 2016 and 2017 she was named to the 1st Team All Conference. In 2016 she was selected for the 2nd Team All Region. During both her junior and senior years, Courtney additionally played for the Richmond Kickers Elite Soccer Team, and in 2017 the team won the Women and Girls in Soccer Championship. Courtney additionally runs indoor track where she qualified for States in the 4x800m and the 2 mile. On the cross country team, she was a Regional and State runner for the 5k.
Since 2015, Courtney has been a part of the Student Organization for Developing Attitudes (SODA). Through this organization she prepared lesson plans for 4th graders and worked to help these students make positive choices in life and better their community. She has also been involved in Teachers for Tomorrow. As a Teacher Cadet, Courtney worked in a 2nd grade classroom to prepare and then teach lesson plans.
During her time in her Church Youth Group, Courtney has participated in mission trips to Lynchburg and Alabama. During these two trips she spent time scrapping paint off of houses and repainting, trimming rose bushes, cutting grass and weeding gardens. Courtney has volunteered for her high school by setting up for prom and helping in the concession stand during basketball games. She has also been involved with other organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Rise Against Hunger.
Courtney 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 Courtney! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond is proud to present our Leadership Award Scholarship week 22 nominee, Ralph Levy from St. Christopher’s School. With a 4.5 GPA, he is in the top 5 of his class. He has been on the high honors list every year, and he is an AP Scholar with Honors. During sophomore year Ralph received a History Research Paper Award. In 2017 he was chosen to attend the Summer Residential Governor’s School Program for Math, Science and Technology at Lynchburg College. Ralph has been selected by St. Chris faculty for the William’s College Book Award and the UNC Morehead-Cain Scholarship.
While attending St. Chris, Ralph was a member of the JV Wrestling team as a freshman and the Varsity team as a senior. Having not wrestled in two years, the Richmond Times Dispatch ranked him the #1 heavyweight wrestler in the city. This season the team won its’ 17th consecutive Prep League Championship and then won their 12th State Championship. The team is for the 1st time in school history ranked #1 in the state. Ralph won the heavyweight division at the VA Prep League State Championship and was the runner up at the VISAA State Championship. As a two year member of the Varsity Football team, Ralph played center-offensive line. During these two seasons, the team won a Prep League Championship, earned a #2 ranking in the state and finished in the state semi-finals.
During his time in high school, Ralph has co-founded a student run group called MIND or Mental Illness Needs Discussion. After seeing close friends go through depression, he and another student co-founded and now run the discussion group. Ralph is a four year member of the Beaux Ties, a student run a cappella group at St. Chris, and he is a member of the jazz band playing the saxophone. Ralph is a member of the student council and is a peer advisor to assist freshmen in their transition into high school. He has even held medical internships with both an orthopedic surgeon and a vascular surgeon.
Over the past three summers, Ralph has acquired over 100 hours of volunteer work as a junior sailing instructor. With the Fishing Bay Yacht Club, he has assisted young children learn how to sail at week long camps. Ralph has also given 35 hours to Feedmore – Virginia Foodbank and Meals on Wheels. This time has been spent packing/preparing and delivering meals to those in need in the Richmond area.
Ralph 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 Ralph! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
As a 4 year Varsity Softball player at Freeman, Sydney is a two season captain as a shortstop as well as 3rd and 2nd baseman. She has been named to the 1st Team All Conference and All District Honorable Mention. In 2016 she received the Varsity Softball Offensive Player of the Year Award, and in 2017 she was presented the Varsity Softball Leadership Award. Outside of the school team, Sydney has been on 3 travel and showcase softball team over 10 years. During this time, she has collected 13 individual MVP Tournament Awards and nearly 50 Championship Team Awards.
Interested in law and government, Sydney completed an internship at the Supreme Court of Virginia under Executive Secretary Karl Hade. At Douglas Freeman she is a member of the Model UN and Model Congress. The later of which she received an Outstanding Delegate Award. In 2014 Sydney was the Student Council Association President. As a member of the Real Talk Club, she writes monthly debates on various topics. Sydney has also spent her time as a tutor for middle and high school students.
Sydney 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 Sydney! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
McClain Moran of James River High School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 20 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. Ranked 16th in her class, she has a current 4.67 GPA and scored a 1400 out of 1600 on the SATs. McClain is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honors Society and the World Language Honors Society. She received a Silver Medal on the Level 5 National Latin Exam, and she is a three time recipient of an Excellence in Latin Award at James River. She is involved in Inspire US as a student leader focused on creating the opportunity for student-run voter registration in high schools. An AP Scholar and a Junior Marshall, McClain was on the 2017 Virginia State Ethics Bowl State Championship Team.
Throughout her time at James River, McClain has been a 3 sport athlete all 4 years of school. On the field hockey team, she was the leading scorer in 2016and received the Coaches Award in 2017. Also in 2017 she was named to the 2nd Team All Conference. As a lacrosse player, McClain will be the captain for her senior season, and she received the Coaches Award in 2017. Additionally, she has played 4 seasons of basketball and was the 2015 captain of the JV Team.
As a member of the Leadership and International Relations Speciality Center, McClain has spent 3 years as a recruiter and council member. In 2014, she was a Virginia General Assembly Senate Page for 9 weeks. She was a summer intern at the Virginia State Senate Legislative Affairs. At James River, McClain is a member of the Beta Club, Model UN and Ethics Bowl Team. She has also been a member of the Rapid Rowdies School Spirit Club and Latin Club as well as a council member for the freshman orientation kick-off program.
As an independent capstone project, McClain organized the first bipartisan candidates’ forum at James River. Six Chesterfield County Candidates attended and spoke during an open Q&A session. As a sophomore she volunteered for Dan Gecker’s campaign for the State Senate. McClain has spent four years as a volunteer coach at Little Feet Meet through the Special Olympics for elementary school students, and she is currently an after school tutor in the Math Lab at James River.
McClain 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 McClain! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 19 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Collin Gerardi of Powhatan High School. He currently has a overall GPA of 4.13. He is a three time recipient of the Powhatan High School Academic Excellence Award from 2015 – 2017. Collin has also received the VHSL Academic Excellence Award for his first three years of school.
As a member of Powhatan’s Varsity Wrestling Team since freshman year, Collin has been a captain of the team since sophomore year. During his career, he has become a 4 time VHSL 4A State Champion on the wrestling mat. He was named to the 2017 All Metro team. In 2015, Collin was named the Beast of the East All American. As a junior, he was named both the Region 4A Wrestler of the Year and the Conference 20 Wrestler of the Year. Following his 10th and 11th grade seasons, Powhatan named Collin their Athlete of the Year.
While attending Powhatan, Collin has been involved in several groups outside of athletics. He has been a member of the Interact Club. Through this Rotary sponsored club, the students are able to participate in various service projects. Collin is also a 4 year member of the Powhatan Leftovers Club. The students in this club work together to raise cancer awareness. They participate in Relay for Life events, color runs, and other various events throughout the year.
Throughout his high school career, Collin has been involved in multiple community service projects. He completed a summer mission trip in Cherokee, North Carolina through the Powhatan Community Church. Through the Nehemiah Project, Collin has spent time working with families in low income housing in the Richmond area. Additionally, he has worked as a volunteer at the Claws and Paws Animal Hospital. His time here has helped develop Collin’s interest in veterinary science, and he would like to pursue a career in this field.
Collin 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 Collin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
A member of Maggie Walker’s varsity golf team since 2015, Aditya is a current co-captain of the team. While a part of the team, they took two Conference Championships. As a part of Maggie walker’s varsity tennis team as a freshman an sophomore, Aditya became a two time 2A State Champion.
Interested in the medical field, Aditya has spent time with a couple doctors and researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has put in over 200 hours of research in a nephrology lab since 2016 where he looks for treatments for chronic kidney disease. Beginning in 2017, he shadows Dr. Scott Graham in VCU’s Neurology Department. He is working to complete a research project using data science to improve patient care outcomes. While at Maggie Walker, Aditya is the Senior Class President. He is the current President of the Model UN and has been a member since 2014. In the summer of 2017, he attended Virginia Boys State. While at the conference, he was selected as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and was awarded the Eddie Dentz American Legion Memorial Scholarship.
Working with the Shady Grove YMCA, Aditya has completed over 100 hours of community service through the YMCA Leaders Club. He was selected as one of 30 participants for the Blue Ridge Leadership School in 2014. Additionally in 2014, he served as a sports camp counselor for YMCA where he taught sports fundamentals to children. In 2015 Aditya was selected as one of 50 students in the VCU Health System program to serve as an information assistant for the patient and visitor population at the hospital. Aditya has spent time with Music Orchard since 2015. With this music outreach program, he teaches children at Fox and Holton Elementary school to play the saxophone.
Aditya 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 Aditya! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
While attending Cosby, Alexis has been a member of the Cross Country team since freshman year. Her time on the team however, has been plagued with injury. During her 9th grade year, Alexis spent the whole season in the pool training and working through injuries. She came out just in time to run in the championship meets and then States. As a sophomore, she had knee surgery, and then as a junior Alexis ran half the season before coming upon a foot injury. Finally as a sophomore, she was unable to compete due to foot surgery. Throughout the adversity, Alexis has received Varsity Awards in school and was even named to the top 100 runners in the state as a freshman. Additionally, she was selected as a junior to represent the USA cross country team in Australia, however she was unable to compete due to her injuries.
Active in her school and church community, Alexis has been involved in multiple groups and organizations through her high school career. She is a four year member of Cosby’s Health Occupations Students of America club and a three year member of the TGIF (Christian Fellowship) Club. She has also been in Legacy Club as well as Beta Club while in school. At Commonwealth Chapel, Alexis is an active participant in the youth group and the student leadership team.
Alexis has participated in numerous activities in her community including mission trips in Virginia where she helped renovate homes for the needy and elderly. She also volunteers in the children’s ministry at her church. She has been a volunteer/shadow for physical therapists at the CJW Sports Medicine at the Boulders. Recently, Alexis began shadowing a home health physical therapist. Previously she was a tour guide for the Health Science Specialty Center as well as a crutch/mentor for them.
Alexis 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 Alexis! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!