Lexus of Richmond’s week 2 scholar athlete for the Lexus Leadership Award is Shreya Sharma of the Collegiate School. Having a current 4.43 GPA, she has consistently been on the All A Honor Roll and is a Cum Laude Inductee. Shreya scored a 34 out of 36 on the ACT exam. With 3 perfect AP exams, she is an AP Scholar with Honors. Shreya has received the Wellesley Book Award which is given to students who excel in academics. She has been the recipient of a Historical Research Paper Clio Award and an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art Competition. She was also recognized with a HOBY Presidential Service Award.
An active member of Collegiate’s student body, Shreya is the Student Government Service Council Co-Chair. With the service club, Ramp Access Made Possible by Students (RAMPS), she has served as both the President and VP. While serving as the President the group was the recipient of the National Youth Philanthropy Award. Shreya has served as the President of Mosaic, a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice focused club. She was a member of a 15 person student team, the Blue Origin Science Research Group. This group worked to send an experiment into space by testing diffusion rates of a membrane in zero g. Shreya is an active participant in Bhangra and Bharatnatyam which are forms of Indian dance. Additionally, Shreya was selected to attend the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Harold M. Marsh Jr. Connections
Institute (10th) and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (10th and 12th).
As a three sport athlete at Collegiate, Shreya is a member of the spring and winter track teams and the tennis team. On the Varsity Tennis team, she is the captain for her senior season. Shreya is ranked number 2 for double and number 4 for singles. In 2018 the team won both the LIS and State Tennis Championship. Shreya was chosen as a captain for both winter and spring track in her junior season. She competes in long jump, triple jump, hurdles and sprints. Shreya has competed in the VISAA State Competition for the 4×4 team event. Her track teammates have voted her the winner of the Spirit Award (3 times) and the Dedication Award.
Throughout her high school years, Shreya has volunteered for the Faison School, a school for children with autism. She has participated in their summer enrichment program and their college prep program. Additionally she has been on the Service Council for the Oreo Ball and Carnation Fundraiser for the Faison School. She has given her time to the Salvation Army by packing donating toys for children at Christmas time. Shreya has also volunteered for the Annual Sweetheart Dance for the residents of a retirement home, Lakewood Manor. Her other service projects include Earth Day Temple beautification, RVAccess, summer camp leader, and school event volunteering.
Shreya has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Shreya! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
Lexus of Richmond is proud to present our first scholar athlete of the school year, Walker Wallace of St. Christopher’s School. Having a current 4.5 GPA, he has received high honors every semester. Walker is a National Merit Commended Scholar. On the SAT exam he scored a near perfect 790 Math and a 1520 out of 1600 overall. He is additionally an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, the National Spanish Honor Society. At the end of his junior year Walker was selected by the faculty for the Dartmouth Book Award. He is a member of the English 10 which is comprised of the top 10 English students at St. Chris.
Currently as a St. Christopher’s senior, Walker is involved as a Student Council Representative . He is a two year member of the Saints for Social Justice (SSJ) where he is also an Executive Member. The SSJ is a group that focuses on awareness and empathy for diversity, tolerance, inclusion, equality and social justice. As a board member of the SSJ, Walker is involved in creating programs or conversation starters as well as overall group promotion. Since his freshman year, Walker has been an Acolyte and Warden for St. Stephan’s Church. He additionally is a two year Middle School Mentor at St. Chris; Walker provides one-on-one mentoring for another student in middle school.
A three sport athlete, Walker has consistently been on St. Chris’ Varsity teams since freshman year. For the lacrosse team, he will be a two time captain by the end of his high school career. Playing goalie Walker was recognized in his junior season for: 1st Team All State, 1st Team All Prep, 1st Team All Metro, and US Lacrosse All American. As a part of the football team, he plays wide receiver and is currently a captain. With the basketball team he has been selected be a captain. He plays as a forward and was chosen for the Prep League All Tournament Team as a junior. Following his senior year Walker will continue his lacrosse career with his commitment to Cornell University.
A four year member of St. Chris’ 100 for 100 club, Walker is now a captain of the group. He and his co-members raise money for lower income students. The club then joins the children at Dicks Sporting Goods for a $100 shopping spree at Christmas time. As a sophomore Walker began volunteering for both the Special Olympics and Jacob’s Chance Buddy Ball. He has been a tutor for the Anna Julia Cooper School since his junior year. Walker additionally has given his time for the One Love Foundation and Shalom Farms.
Walker has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $25,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interviews to learn more about Walker! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly scholar athlete throughout the school year!
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!