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!
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!
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!
Playing for Trinity, Addie is a 4 year Varsity Field Hockey player as well as a 4 year Varsity Lacrosse player. Along with the field hockey team, she is a four time LIS Champion and a one time VISAA State Champion. Playing as a midfielder, she was the captain during her senior season. Her accolades include being named to the 1st Team All State as a senior and the 2nd Team All State as a junior, both for field hockey. Within Trinity’s team, she was selected as the Best Offensive player. Additionally, she was chosen for the NFHCA National Academic Squad for field hockey and the US Lacrosse All Academic Squad. Beyond her accolades, Addie has committed to play Field Hockey for the University of Richmond next school year.
During her time at Trinity, Addie has been a part of the student government as a secretary throughout all four years. Addie is a also a member of the Student Conduct Committee which is a small group of juniors and seniors as well as a couple teachers at Trinity. The students in this group are chosen as representatives by other members of their class. Additionally, she is a member of the Field Hockey Club, Spirit Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at school.
Never one to shy away from giving her time, Addie has been involved in numerous community service projects. She has gone on a mission trip to Jamaica and volunteered for Caritas. She has fostered puppies from Richmond Animal League, typically receiving three puppies at a time. Addie has volunteered at Children’s Garden Preschool Camp as well as Miles for Smiles. She has made and given out snacks at Anna Julia Cooper. And at trinity, Addie is a tour guide to both prospective and transfer students.
Addie 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 Addie! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond’s week 14 nominee for the Leadership Award is Justin Jasper of St. Christopher’s School. Having a current 4.2 GPA, he has received high honors every semester of high school. Justin is an AP Scholar, and he scored a 33 out of a possible 36 on ACT exam. At the end of junior year, he was awarded the Washington and Lee University Book Award. He received the Horace A. Gray Scholarship for possessing high character, academic and athletic ability, and commitment to extracurricular activities. Justin also received the McGuire Wilkinson Scholarship from St. Christopher’s for best exemplifying Christian character, gentlemanly conduct and scholarly attainment.
A three year member of St. Chris’ Varsity Football team, Justin was a captain for his senior season as a wide receiver. Recently, he committed to football for the University of Richmond. For his sophomore and junior efforts, he was named to the first team all-prep. As a junior Justin was also named to the second team all state and was selected as the all metro honorable mention. He also is a 4 year member of the Varsity Basketball team. Playing as a wing, Justin is a two year captain of the team. For the 2015/16 season he was named to the first team all prep. Additionally, Justin played JV lacrosse as a freshman and returned to the sport as a senior on the Varsity team.
When not on the field or court, Justin keeps busy at St. Chris in multiple groups and organizations. He, along with a group of junior and seniors, is a peer advisor to freshmen as they enter upper school. Justin is also an admissions ambassador which allows him to provide tours to potential parents and students on campus, and he was selected to deliver the keynote address at admission open houses. Through a volunteer program, Chamberlayne to McVey, Justin works with kindergarten students by teaching leadership and character skills as well as helping out in the classroom and building relationships with the children. He was also selected to attend Harold M. Marsh Sr. Connections Institute to learn how to handle prejudice and social injustice in schools as well as how to implement change in his school.
One to spend his time giving back, Justin has been involved in St. Chris’ Missionary Society where he is currently the President. This group carries out chapel services, organizes guest speakers, and create community service projects and fundraisers. He is also involved in RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) where they raise money and then build wheelchair ramps for those who can’t afford them. Justin has spent time with the group 100 for 100. The goal is to raise money then give 100 underprivileged children $100 each to spend at Dicks Sporting Goods for Christmas. The students involved will go shopping with the children and then host a party for them.
Justin 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 Justin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Having played on Goochland’s Varsity Volleyball team all four years of school, Maddie was a two time captain. In 2015, the team won the 2A State Championship. As a junior, she was chosen for the first team all conference and the second team all region. Maddie is also a four year member of the Varsity Soccer team at Goochland. Freshman year she pulled double duty on both the JV and Varsity team, serving as a captain of the JV team. During 10th grade, the team made it to the 2A State Semifinals. Maddie has received various awards for soccer including, most improved, first team all conference, and second team all region.
Active in her school, Maddie has involved in numerous groups and clubs. As a junior, she was the Vice President of the Math Honor Society. She has participated in groups such as Young Life, Kolor Me Katie 5k Club and Ultimate Frisbee Club. She is a three year member of the French Club as well as a two time treasurer for the club. Additionally, Maddie was the Junior Class President and currently the Senior Class President.
Maddie has volunteered for numerous organizations throughout high school. Through Byrd Presbyterian Church, she has helped feed the homeless as well as assisted with breakfast for first responders. Maddie helped with a Christmas party at the Meadows Nursing Home, GYAA events, and picked up trash at the Richmond Raceway. She has taken photographs for the Goochland Pet Lovers Silent Auction Catalog. Additionally, Maddie has put her volleyball skills to use by volunteering at the Parks and Rec Volleyball Camp and the Goochland Middle School Volleyball Camp.
Maddie 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 Maddie! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
Nate is a 4 year Varsity Cross Country, a 4 year Varsity Indoor Track, and a 3 year Varsity Outdoor Track runner at Atlee. He additionally played on the JV soccer team during his freshman year. In 2015, he was part of the conference champion cross country team. The indoor track team took the conference championship in 2016 and 2017, and the outdoor track team won the conference championship in 2017. For indoor track in 2017, Nate took an individual conference championship, was named an All-Region Athlete, and placed 6th during states all for the 4x800m relay.
Ever present in Atlee’s community, Nate is the current Student Council President and was the Junior Class President last year. He is a two year Vice President for the BETA Club, and his is the Spanish Honor Society Vice President. Nate is a four year member of the Key Club and the secretary of the Computer Club. Nate is a founding member of multiple clubs including the Raider Writing Center, the Film Club, and the CMS/IB Alliance. He is also a member of SODA (Student Organization in Developing Attitude), where high school students mentor elementary students to improve self esteem and assist with attitudes and social issues.
An active service participant, Nate was involved in raising over $3,600 for ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation through the Dunkin Donuts Munchkin Run. He has been involved in organizations such as Relevance Rising Guatemala and the Monument 10k. He has spent time with Atlee Loves and the Lollipop Movement. Nate has volunteered by doing trash pick up at RIR and trail cleanup at Atlee. Additionally, Nate has volunteered in various community service projects through the Beta Club, National Honor Society and the Spanish & Latin Honor Societies.
Nate 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 Nate! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!
While attending Douglas Freeman, Caroline has been a member of the varsity field hockey team since 2014 as a defensive center midfielder. As a senior, she was named a co-captain for the team. In 2016, she was selected for the 1st Team All Conference and the All Academic Team. Since 2015, she has been on the Strikers Club Field Hockey team, and is a co-captain for the 2017 season. Caroline also swam for Freeman during her freshman and sophomore years and played lacrosse as a freshman.
For her senior year, Caroline is a Co-Editor in Chief of her school newspaper, The Commentator. In this role, she manages story assignments, approves page layouts, and sends the paper to the printer among other duties. Having been a part of Freeman’s Spanish Club since 2014, she has taken on the roles of Historian, Vice President and now President. She has been a peer tutor since 9th grade in a program called Wake Up Wednesdays. Caroline is a member of Freeman’s organization, Real Talk. This group discusses various hot button topics that many young people are often afraid to speak on.
Having a strong volunteer presence, Caroline has been involved in numerous causes. She is a volunteer piano teacher for elementary aged students through a program called Musical Mondays. Since the summer of 2016, Caroline has been volunteering for St. Mary’s Hospital. Additionally, she has been involved with the Richmond Folk Festival and Little Feet Meet.
Caroline 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 Caroline! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!