22nd Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award 


The 2016-2017 Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Program

This program celebrates RVA’s most talented scholar-athletes who have been nominated by school officials from the high school they attend. Through our collaboration with iHeartMedia, 1140 WRVASports Radio 910, and FOX TV Richmond, we are able to present to the community 30 gifted nominees. At the end of the school year, all of the students, their parents and coaches come together for an exciting banquet where the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award winner is named. That title comes with a $10,000 stipend.

2016 - 2017 Nominees

Week 23 - Olivia Walker - Cosby High School

 

Our week 23 nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Olivia Walker of Cosby High School. Ranked 10th in her class with a 4.7 GPA, Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin National Honor Society. For three straight years, she was selected as the Latin Student of the Year. She attended the Summer Residential Governor's School and participated as a Junior Marshal. Olivia is a Finalist for the Jefferson Scholarship at UVA and received the Provost Scholarship at VCU.

Being a member of the varsity volleyball team at Cosby, Olivia was the team captain this past season. During her time on the team, she was presented the Heart and Hustle Award and was selected for the All Tournament Team. She has also been a part of a travel team and a beach volleyball team; both through the Richmond Volleyball Club. Olivia is also a well-versed dancer. She competes as a part of the Heart of Ireland Celtic Pulse Dance Company where she was a World Qualifier in the Open Level for both softshoe and hard shoe. Outside of Irish dance, she has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. At Cosby, Olivia is a member of the Beta Club and Latin Club as well as the Health Occupations Students of America. She is the President of the National Honor Society. Olivia is a member of two show choirs: Spotlight and Rhapsody.

Olivia spends time volunteering for the Children's Hospital of Richmond and Safe Kids VA. She also performs at various nursing homes in the area. She has been a camp instructor and a coach through the Richmond Volleyball Club Outreach program. Other programs she has worked with include; the PTA at CE Curtis Elementary, Vacation Bible School, and Friends Feeding Friends. Olivia has even founded a service called Re-Turn Dancewear.

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


Week 22 - Edward Anderson - St. Christopher's School

 

Edward Anderson of St. Christopher's Schoolis Lexus of Richmond's week 22 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With a 4.5 GPA, he is ranked in the top 10% of his graduating class. On the SAT's, he scored a 1460 out of a possible 1600. He has received academic honors every semester of high school; and in his junior year, he was presented the Dartmouth Book Award which was chosen by the faculty.

While attending St. Chris, Edward founded the school's mountain bike team. He qualified and competed in the cycling national championships. He was the winner of the National Interscholastic Mountain Bike Association, and in the same season, he went undefeated in all four of his races. Edward won multiple races including: the Dominion Riverrock Bike Race, Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series Forest Hill Park, and the Tidewater Marathon Race to name a few. In 2017 he was selected as a professional cyclist for Axeon Hagens Berman for a U23 international team. Edward is the co-head of the middle school mentoring program at St. Chris as well as a peer advisor for 9th grade students. He is a member of Students for Environmental Awareness, a Missionary Society Member, and a Senior Admissions Advisor. Edward also completed his Eagle Scout Project and earned a Bronze Palm.

Through his involvement with the Boy Scouts, Edward has volunteered at the Berkeley Plantation from 2013-2015. He volunteers for Caritas through Second Presbyterian Church and Reveille Methodist Church. Since 2014, Edward has been volunteering for rvaMORE. Through this organization, he has been working to build and maintain trails throughout the James River Park System.

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


Week 21 - Cameron Donaldson – James River High School, Center for Leadership and International Relations

 

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!


Week 20 - Ryan Buscaglia- Maggie L. Walker Governor's School

 

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 Experience Amazing Drive interview to learn more about Ryan! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!


Week 19 - Alyse Armentrout - Atlee High School

 

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 Experience Amazing Drive interview to learn more about Alyse! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!


Week 18 - Polina Bukina - Mills E. Godwin High School

 

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 Experience Amazing Drive interview to learn more about Polina! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!


Week 17 – Dillon Powell - Midlothian High School

 

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 Experience Amazing Drive interview to learn more about Dillon! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!


Week 16 - Lauren Golmon - Glen Allen High School

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 Experience Amazing Drive interview to learn more about Lauren! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!


Week 15 - Frost Wood - St. Christopher's School


 

Frost Wood of St. Christopher's School is Lexus of Richmond's week 15 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Frost! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 14 - Morgan Lewis - Veritas School


 

Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Morgan! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 13: Peyton Badura - James River High School


 

Lexus of Richmond's week 13 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection 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.

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

Week 12: Gwin Sinnott – Collegiate School


 

Gwin Sinnott of the Collegiate School is Lexus of Richmond's week 12 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Gwin! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 11: James Armstrong - St. Christopher's School


Lexus of Richmond's week 11 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection Scholarship is James Armstrong of St. Christopher's School. He is currently ranked in the top 5 of his graduating class with a 4.5 GPA. James is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Scholar. He is also St. Christopher's nominee for the Morehead Scholarship.

James has been on St. Chris' varsity wrestling team throughout high school and is now the team captain. In his junior season, he received an All State Honorable Mention. He also is a part of the track and field team where he runs the 300 and 110 hurdles and the pole vault. An Avid musician, James began playing piano at five years old. This past summer, he attended the Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts. In January 2017, he will be competing in the Piano Concerto for the Richmond Symphony.

Over the summer of 2015, James participated with his church for a mission trip to Haiti. While there, the group worked to build a home and asset with medical care. Earlier in 2016, St Christopher's put together a service trip to New Orleans, and James worked on this as well by helping rebuild and clean up areas after by Hurricane Katrina. He has also been involved with other organizations such as Caritas and Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

James 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about James! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 10: Sarah Lim - Douglas Freeman High School


 

Sarah Lim of Douglas Southall Freeman High School is Lexus of Richmond's week 10 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection Scholarship. Having a current GPA of 4.38, she is an AP Scholar with Distinctions. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

For over 15 years, Sarah has been taking dance lessons in various styles. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, and modern. Currently she trains 12 hours a week at Encore Dance Studio. In 2014 and 2015 she was the Runner-Up for the Hall-of-Fame Regional Senior Soloist in jazz. In school, Sarah has been her class secretary for her junior and senior year. She was a founding member of her school's Ethics Bowl team and the State Champion in 2016. She is a member and co-founder of Douglas Freeman's Model United Nations.

In August 2014, Sarah traveled to Cartago, Costa Rica where she worked at the Orosi Elementary School to help teach the children English. While there she also helped to repair the classrooms. Additionally, she has spent time in Danville and Appalachia to help repair homes of the elderly and disabled as well as those who can afford their repairs.

Sarah 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Sarah! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 9 - Jillian Butler - The Math & Science High School at Clover Hill


 

Lexus of Richmond'sweek 9 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection Scholarship is Jillian Butler from Clover Hill High School. She is currently ranked in the top 1% of her class with a 4.8 GPA. During sophomore year, Jillian was named the French Student of the Year and the Math/Science Exemplary Student of the Year. Junior year, she received the honor of AP Biology Student of the Year and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

On the Clover Hill Swim Team, Jillian is currently the team captain and has received the the Coaches Award for Leadership. She also swims for Poseidon and Woodland Pond Swim Team. For Woodland, she is the team record holder in the 50 free, 50 breast and 100 IM, and the league record holder in the 50 breaststroke. She has also played for Clover Hill's varsity soccer team all 4 years of school where she has accumulated multiple awards. In other areas, Jillian attended Girls State in 11th grade. She is a member of the school's French Club and Key Club. During 9th and 10th grade she participated in VCU's Medical Career Explorers.

Jillian has spent her time volunteering for Special Olympics of Virginia for their swim meets for all four years of high school, and she has also volunteered as a coach for the Woodland Pond Swim Team. She has been a school tutor throughout high school as well. Jillian has also spent time with the Children's Hospital of Richmond, March of Dimes and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Jillian 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Jillian! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 8: Claire Andress - The Collegiate School


 

Lexus of Richmond's week 8 Pursuit of Perfection nominee is Claire Andress from The Collegiate School. She has received an AP Scholar Award and has been selected twice to participate in Collegiate School's International Emerging Leaders Conference. In 2015, she was selected for UVA Advance. Claire was also chosen for an AP Spanish class in Cadiz, Spain.

Playing pitcher and 1st base, Claire has been on Collegiate's Varsity Softball team all four years of high school and a captain for junior and senior year. After her freshman season, she was named Softball Rookie of the Year. In 2015 and 2016, she was the Defensive Player of the Year. For her sophomore season, she was selected for the All-State 2nd Team, and after her junior year, Claire was named to the All-State 1st Team. Other school organizations Claire participates in include: Spanish Club, Interact Club and Ceramics Club. She manages the junior-senior female mentorship program and is a journalist for the school online newsletter, The Match.

Claire has served as a student coach for the RiverCats softball program, and she has volunteered for the Faison School for Autism during their summer classes at the Collegiate School. Other organizations she spends time with are RAMPS; Ramp Access Made Possible by Students, and CARE; Collegiate Animal Rescue Effort.

Claire 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Claire! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 7: Daniel Jovin - Maggie Walker Governor's School


 

Daniel Jovin of Maggie Walker Governor's School is Lexus of Richmond's week 7 nominee for the Pursuit of Perfection Scholarship. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, and the Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society. Earlier in 2016, Daniel became an AP Scholar with Honors.

As a member of the varsity soccer team since freshman year, Daniel in now currently the team captain for Maggie Walker. Playing as a defender, he was named to the All Conference Team and the AA East All Region Team during his junior year. He has also been on the Richmond Kickers Elite teams as a defender every year of high school. In other areas of school, Daniel is a founding member of Maggie Walker's engineering club. He was his class Treasurer in 9th and 10th grade, and he has been on the school debate team since freshman year.

He has been involved in multiple organizations including Relay for Life as a volunteer during sophomore and junior year. During 10th grade, Daniel was a volunteer for the Children's Museum of Richmond. From 2013-2015, he spent 105 hours volunteering for the Richmond SPCA. And over the past two summers, Daniel volunteered around 290 hours with the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Daniel 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Daniel! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 6: Tatum Kendall - Deep Run High School


 

Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection nominee is Tatum Kendall of Deep Run High School. With a 4.2 GPA, during her junior year, Tatum was inducted into her school's National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the Beta Honor Roll Society.

Having been on the team all four years of high school, Tatum has been the varsity volleyball captain since 10th grade and voted the most valuable player during her junior year. She received many accolades while on the team such as: All District Team, Honorable Mention in 9th grade and All Region, Honorable Mention in 10th grade. During 10th and 11th grade, she was named to the All-Conference, First Team. Also during her junior year, she was a part of the All Region, Second Team. Outside of athletics, Tatum has been involved in numerous clubs as well as student government throughout all four years of school. She was her class President in 9th and 10th grade, the student body Vice President in 11th grade, and currently the student body President.

She has been active in multiple diverse, worthy causes. Tatum was recently the co-chair for Pink-Out, a Susan G. Komen fundraiser. Raising money for breast cancer research, the group collected over $3,200. In 2015, she was a volunteer volleyball coach for low income children at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. She also volunteered at the YMCA as a summer camp counselor.

Tatum 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Tatum! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 5: Tanner Hood - St. Christopher's School


 

Tanner Hood from Saint Christopher's School is Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection week 5 nominee. Ranked in the top 5 of his class, he has a current GPA of 4.5 and has received high honors every year in school. In 2015, he finished the National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude, and he received an AP Scholar Award in 2016. At the end of junior year, Tanner was awarded the West Point Leadership Award after receiving the faculty vote.

After transferring to St. Christopher for sophomore year, Tanner is now in his third year on the varsity wrestling team. Currently the team captain, he is the 2016 VISAA State Champion 160lbs and the 2016 Prep League Wrestling Champion 160lbs. Also in 2016 he was chosen for the All-Prep, All State and 2nd Team All-Metro Wrestling teams. Other school organizations Tanner takes part in include chess and philosophy club. He was chosen for the English 10, a book analysis program, which is reserved for the top ten English students.

Volunteer work for Tanner includes: taking part in Operation Christmas Child and helping with Vacation Bible School for Parkway Baptist Church. He is also involved in Caritas Homeless Ministry and Feed My Starving Children. Other the past summer, he was a volunteer for Camp Jaycee for individuals with special needs. And previously, he spent time playing piano for the Brandermill Woods Retirement Community.

Tanner 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Tanner! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 4 - Will Michael – Trinity Episcopal School

Will Michael of Trinity Episcopal School is Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection week 4 nominee. Currently with a GPA of 4.16, he is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, which is one of the most rigid academic programs worldwide. He is the only three sport varsity athlete at Trinity who is also a full IB Diploma Candidate.
In his 4 years playing varsity football, Will has started every game and has been named a 3-time All State Kicker. Trinity is currently the back-to-back State Champions. Similarly on the baseball team, Will has played 3 years on the varsity team and started every game, and he is expected to do the same in his last season. During his junior season, Will was named to the All-Prep League and voted his team MVP. Outside of sports, Will is involved in Trinity's Book Club, Yoga Club where he is a Co-President, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the Battle of the Brains.
He has been a volunteer head coach for the St. Michael's Basketball Association for co-ed elementary aged children. Last year the team he coached won the championship game during overtime. He has also volunteered for CARITAS and his church's Vacation Bible School

Will 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Will! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 3: Summer Owens - The Steward School

Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection week 3 nominee is Summer Owens from The Steward School. Having an overall GPA of a 4.7, Summer has been on the Headmaster's List: Straight A Honor Roll for all three years of high school. During her junior year, she was selected as one of 18 students worldwide to participate in Brown University's Pre College Program.

Being a member of the Varsity Cross Country Team all four years of high school, Summer has been the MVP twice and a Team Captain since 10th grade. Throughout high school, she has also been on the Varsity Soccer Team; a Co-MVP in 10th grade and a Co-Captain since junior year. In other areas of Steward, Summer is currently serving her second year as the Class of 2017's Secretary. She is an admissions advisor, leading tours of the school for prospective parents and students. As a member of the Honor Council, Summer was the Vice President in 11th grade and is now the President for senior year.

Summer has been involved in multiple organizations in the community. She has helped organize and chaperone a Homecoming Dance for the Faison School. She took part in a fundraiser: the Special Olympics Bowl-A-Thon. Throughout high school, Summer has been a camp counselor at Richmond SPCA to help kids expand their knowledge on animals and future careers with animals.

Summer 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Summer! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 2: Olivia Ratliff - Maggie L. Walker Governor's School


Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection week 2 nominee is Olivia Ratliff from the Maggie L Walker Governor's School. With a GPA of 4.52, Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Science, English and Latin Honor Societies. She is also an AP Scholar with Distinction.

In 2016, Olivia became a 4 time State Champion for swimming the 100m butterfly, 500m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and the 200m medley relay. She, also in 2016, was named the 2A Region Female Athlete of the Year and Regional Tournament Female High Point Scorer. Her extracurriculars include being the class Co-President during sophomore year and the Latin/Classical Club Co-Secretary during junior year. She is also a Co-Captain of the 25+ member Bhangra Dance Team.

 

Active in the community, Olivia has volunteer for multiple organizations including; Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital and Relay 4 Life. She has been a kids camp counselor for the West End Assembly of God, a Maggie Walker Student Ambassador, and a volunteer for the NOVA of Virginia Aquatics.

Olivia 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Olivia! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!

Week 1: Jackson Barkstrom - St. Christopher's School


Lexus of Richmond's Pursuit of Perfection week 1 nominee is Jackson Barkstrom from St. Christopher's School. Currently ranked number 1 in his class, Jackson has an overall 4.7 GPA, is a National Merit Semifinalist, and a Jefferson Scholar Nominee at St. Christopher's. During his junior year, he received the Harvard Book Award and is an AP Scholar with Distinction

Jackson is the captain of St. Christopher's varsity tennis team, and is ranked #1 in doubles and #2 in singles. Also, the team are reigning back to back State Champions from 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Jackson was undefeated in singles play for his school. In May 2015, he was the Davenport Richmond Junior Open Champion for the 18s division singles. Outside of athletics, Jackson is involved in school organizations such as: Political Awareness Club (Secretary), and Students for Environmental Awareness (Vice President).

In the summer of 2015, Jackson went abroad to China with a small group of other students. While there they organized lesson plans and taught English to elementary aged children in villages. He has also been a part of groups such as Kids Serving Kids and Shiver in the River.

Jackson 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 Driven to Perfection interview to learn more about Jackson! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!