Each week will feature one new high school senior student athlete. Every student featured will have been nominated by their respective school officials. The nominees are all qualified individuals who excel in the classroom, in athletics, in extra circulars, and are heavily involved in their community. At the end of the school year, the 30 nominees will be celebrated with a banquet where a winner will be announced, and he or she will receive a $25,000 scholarship!
For this very special Silver Anniversary, our 25th winner will receive $25,000 as well as the prestigious title of the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Winner!
Lexus of Richmond’s 30th and final nominee for the 24th Leadership Award Scholarship is Nick Viers of Douglas S. Freeman High School. With a current 4.6 GPA, he is ranked 7th in his graduating class. Having earned 4 perfect AP test scores, he is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He scored a 1410 out of 1600 on the SAT test and a 33 out of 36 on the ACT exam. Nick is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He is also a member of the Beta Club, and Nick has received a Virginia Board of Education Seal of Biliteracy.
Away from the classroom setting, Nick is active is his school’s community. He is the Founder and President of the Douglas Freeman Relay for Life team. He leads the group in various activities and fundraising to benefit cancer research. The group has even won a Rising Star Award for their fundraising efforts. Nick has server as his class treasurer and is a member of the Model UN Club. He was accepted into the FBI Summer Youth Academy where he learned about the FBI and their protocols as well as tools or weapons and heard stories from spies and agents. As a member of the We the People team at Freeman, a Civics Competition Team, Nick recently competed in the National Championship where Freeman finished in 6th place overall.
As a freshman Nick began his swim career at Douglas Freeman with their club level team. The swim team became recognized as a Varsity Sport for his sophomore season. He was chosen as the team MVP for his senior season. Nick has been named to the Scholastic All American team in 2017, 2018 and 2019. For his senior season the team won the VHSL 5A State Championship becoming the first high school in Henrico Country to take a swimming title. Nick is the State Champ in the 200 Free Relay and the State Runner-Up in the 100 Fly and 100 Back. He was recognized on the All Metro and All State Teams for his senior year. Nick has been selected for the Virginia Swimming All star Team. Outside of his school team he has also been swimming for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics since he was seven years old. Nick will continue his career next school year as a part of Duke University’s swim team.
As the founder and president of the Freeman Relay for Life team, Nick has lead the fundraising efforts which have garnered winning a Rising Star Award.He has spent time volunteering for Little Feet Meet through the Special Olympics. He is a peer tutor at school through the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. Nick has aided and assisted with various Freeman events including: yard sales, trunk or treat, and canned food drives. For 6 years Nick has been the NOVA of Virginia Recycling Coordinator.
Nick 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 Nick! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Our week 29 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Scholarship is Julia Galbraith of St. Catherine’s School. Julia has been awarded the Aiesi Scholarship Award and the Pinckney Scholarship Award, both from St. Catherine’s. The two scholarships are based on merit, character, and leadership qualities. Julia has received National Honors for her efforts on the Youth Chinese Test for four years in a row. She is a participant in the Intensive Studies Program at St. Catherines where she focuses on STEM courses; Julia is building a robot for her capstone project in this program. She was chosen to attend the Science Museum of VA STEM Conferences twice in 2017. In 2018 Julia was selected to attend the GAINS STEM Conference in New York. Julia has held a Biotechnology Internship and Pediatric Emergency Room Internship both at VCU.
While at St. Catherine’s, Julia has been one member of only ten students in the Honor Council since freshman year. Throughout her high school years, Julia has been a Student Ambassador giving tours to prospective students and faculty. She became a Peer Advisor as a junior, and she is currently the Co-President. As a sophomore Julia joined both the Chinese Club and Medical Club; she is the current Co-President of the Medical Club. Julia has also spent time as a youth soccer league referee, and she has been a lifeguard for organizations like the Philadelphia Quarry, St. Catherine’s and Douglas Aquatics.
In her time at St. Catherine’s, Julia has participated with several teams. She has been on the Varsity Indoor Track team since freshman year. Julia was selected for the All Metro team in 2017 and 2018. At the All League of Independent Schools tournament, she placed 1st in the 3200m in 2017. While at States, Julia has finished 3rd in the 1600m in 2017 and 2019 as well as 3rd in the 3200m in 2017, 2018 and 2019. As part of the 4×800 relay team Julia helped set a new school record during her senior season; the relay team finished 3rd at New Balance Nationals in 2019. As a 2 season member of the Cross Country team, Julia was a Captain for her senior year. She was All LIS and All State in 2017 and 2018. Julia has been on the Varsity Soccer team since 8th grade, and she was on the Varsity Field Hockey team as a sophomore. She has been on a total of 8 State Championship teams. In the fall Julia will continue her running career as a part of the United States Naval Academy cross country and track teams.
Throughout her high school years Julia has participated in numerous service projects. For the past four years she has assisted with the Jacob’s Chance Organization by helping youth with special needs in athletics. She volunteered at the Science Museum of Virginia by working with 3D printers to build handicapped accessible exhibits. Julia spent 15 volunteer hours with Full STEAM Ahead which is an event for middle school girls in STEM. She has also spent additional time with elementary girls at her school in STEM projects and activities. Julia has volunteered for her brother to help him complete his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Project. She has spent 35 hours volunteering for races through: Richmond Road Runners, Endorphin Fitness, and Sports Backers. Julia has also given her time to Housing Families First, Caritas, Stop Hunger Now, Safe Haven, and Colonial Heights Food Pantry.
Julia 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 Julia! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s 28th weekly nominee for the Lexus Leadership Award is Jacob Moss of Powhatan High School. With a current 4.416 GPA Jacob is ranked in the top 3 of his class. He scored a 1420 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT exam and he earned a total of 6 perfect scores on his AP exams. Jacob is a member of the National English Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and National Science Honor Society. He was selected to be a Junior Marshall, and Jacob received an Academic Excellence Award for the 2017-18 school year. Jacob is a two time nominee for the 2019 Sports Backers Student-Athlete of the Month Award.
Outside of academics, Jacob is member of several Powhatan High School organizations. He participates with the Future Business Leaders of America; they were State Qualifiers for their business plan. Jacob is also involved with the PHS Chieftains. Jacob is a Chemistry Club Officer, and he is a member of both the Interact Club and the Guitar Club. Outside of school, Jacob spends time with the Blackhawk Gym and Youth Wrestling Club in Powhatan.
In the athletic arena, Jacob is a member of the Powhatan wrestling and football teams. A Varsity Football player since sophomore year, he has played QB, LB, K and P. Jacob has served as a captain for both the JV and Varsity football team. He has been on the Varsity Wrestling team since 2015. In 2018, he was selected for the 1st Team All District and 2nd Team All Region for the 182 lbs weight class. He was also a 4A State Qualifier in 2018. He received the Mike Walter Most Improved Wrestler Award as a junior. For his senior season Jacob was the Arrowhead Invitational Champion, and he was awarded the team Coaches’ Award. He was selected to the 2019 1st Team All District for the 195 weight class. Jacob was the 4B Regional Runner-Up, and he finished the State Championship in 5th place. Jacob is a 4x nominee for the C&F Bank Athlete of the Week for the Powhatan Today paper.
Active in his community, Jacob has dedicated his time to numerous groups. He volunteers for the Blackhawk Nonprofit Youth Development Center, and he participated with the Mike Walter T-Shirt Fundraiser. In 2017 and 2018 he was Powhatan Tribe Youth Football Camp Counselor. He has volunteered for the Powhatan High School Show Choir Classic and the Country Kickin’ ALS Awareness Event and Fundraiser. Jacob is also involved in the Powhatan Amnesty Recycling Event and the Powhatan County Earth Day Celebration.
Jacob 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 Jacob! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s 27th weekly nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Devin Hux of The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill. Having a current 4.28 GPA, Devin is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish HonorSociety, National English Honor Society, National History Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She has received the Clover Hill Green and Gold Award for being a well rounded student and striving for excellence. Devin is industry certified in Autodesk Inventor Pro Software. She was selected to participate in C-Tech^2 at Virginia Tech. This two week program for junior and senior girls allows them to complete in an engineering design competition. Additionally Devin is a Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar through NASA.
Outside the classroom Devin is a member of numerous groups at Clover Hill. She is 4 year member of the Student Council Association. She is a 2 year member of the Chesterfield County Youth Services Board. The board is made of 42 participants, and she serves as a liaison for programming for the county’s 60,000 students. Devin is a 3 year member of her school’s Programming Team and currently the Co-President. She is a Clover Hill Senior Advisory Council Member, and she was the sophomore class treasurer. Devin is also a member of the Beta Club and the Spanish Club. She has been involved in the organizations and execution of the Chesterfield County Outstanding Youth Awards. Devin was crowned the 2018 Homecoming Queen. She is a Clover Hill Freshman Mentor. Additionally Devin is working towards becoming an Inspire U.S. representative where the goal is to register younger voters by making the process accessible in schools.
A 4 year member of the Clover Hill Tennis Team, Devin has been the #1 seed every season. She was chosen to be a captain for both junior and senior year. Devin has been named the team Most Valuable Player as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She has been to the Conference Playoffs for Singles and Doubles every season so far. For Doubles, Devin and her partner have been to the Regional Tournament as well. Devin has also previously been a member of her school’s swimming and volleyball teams. Devin additionally has played tennis for the USTA Junior Tennis Team for 8 years. She is a Richmond Junior Tennis Circuit Girl’s Singles Champion and a two time finalist.
Devin earned her Girl Scout Silver Award by organizing a community book drive which totaled over 60 service hours. She has participated in numerous activities and service projects through the Girl Scouts including donation drives for animal shelters and making valentines for veterans. Devin served as the leader of “You’ve Been Ask’d” in Woodlake for 2018. The efforts raised over $4,000 for ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation. Though the National Honor Society she has participated in service projects including dog adoption fairs, Angel Tree donation drives, and assisting food banks. She is a volunteer tennis assistant at the Woodlake Swim and Racquet Club. Other organizations she has giver her time to include: CARITAS, Chesterfield County Fine Arts Festival, Mercy Mall, and Chesterfield County STEAMania.
Devin 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 Devin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!