Lexus Scholar Athletes

This program celebrates RVA's most talented scholar-athletes who have been nominated by school officials from the high school they attend.  Thirty gifted Lexus Scholar Athletes will be selected.  At the end of the school year, all of the students, along with 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.  Check in weekly throughout the school year to learn more about each of our talented student nominees.  If you are a student seeking information regarding the program, and nomination process, check in with your school guidance office or call 804.323.8000 for details.

WEEK 1: Walker Wallace 

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.

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WEEK 2: Shreya Sharma 

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.

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WEEK 3: Luke Lamberson

The third scholar athlete in Lexus of Richmond’s Class of 2020 Leadership Award is Luke Lamberson of James River High School. Luke is ranked 4th in a class of 451 students with his 4.963 GPA. Having scored a perfect 800 on the math portion, he received a 1580 out of 1600 on the SAT. Additionally, he scored perfect 800’s on the SAT Math 2 and the SAT World History. Luke earned a perfect 36 on his ACT, and he has 10 perfect AP Exam scores to his name. He is a National Merit Semifinalist and a Harvard Book Award recipient. Luke was awarded 1st Place at the State Chemistry Olympiad Exam. In both 2018 and 2019 he took 1st Place in the Chesterfield County STEAM Competition. He was selected to participate in the John Hopkins University Study of Exceptional Talent Program. Luke is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the World Language, Math, and Social Studies Honor Societies.

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WEEK 4: Caroline Gill

Lexus of Richmond’s 4th scholar athlete for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Caroline Gill of Saint Gertrude High School. With a current 4.2 GPA, Caroline has received 1st Honors (highest academic level) as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She was additionally named the Freshman Valedictorian. Caroline earned the Highest Spanish Average of her class as a freshman, and the Highest History Average as both a freshman and sophomore. She also received the Highest Art Average and had a drawing selected as an honorary piece for exhibit to promote the school gallery. Additionally, Caroline is a member of the Honors Art Portfolio Program. As a junior she was the recipient of the West Point Leadership Award for demonstrating exemplary leadership, academics, service, and citizenship.

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WEEK 5: Sully Beck 

Sully Beck of St. Christopher’s School is Lexus of Richmond’s fifth scholar athlete nominated for the Lexus Leadership Award Scholarship. Sully is currently tied for the first in his class with a 4.7 GPA. He scored a 1540 out of 1600 on the SAT exam, and he has received 4 Perfect AP exam scores earning the title AP Scholar with Distinction. Sully is a Commended National Merit Scholar. St. Chris faculty selected Sully to be one of their nominees for the Jefferson Scholar Program at UVA. He was also chosen by school faculty for the Jefferson Book Award at the end of his junior year. Sully is a Rensselaer Medalist, which is a top science award at St. Chris. He attended the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences: a month long program for 26 Virginia students in the classroom and shadowing healthcare professionals.

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WEEK 6: Mary Caroline Heinen

Mary Caroline Heinen

With a 4.6 GPA, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, English Honor Society, Chinese Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and the Science Honor Society. Mary Caroline scored a 1540 out of 1600 on her SAT exam and a 800 on the Math SAT 2. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Semifinalist. As a junior Mary Caroline and her team entered the Math Modeling the Future National Competition in Chicago and they took 3rd Place.

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WEEK 7: Gilbert Deglau

Gilbert Deglau

Gilbert Deglau of The Collegiate School is Lexus of Richmond’s week 7 scholar athlete for the Leadership Award Scholarship. With a current 4.29 GPA, he has ended every semester on the A/B Honor Roll. Gilbert scored a 1490 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT exam, and he has earned two perfect AP exam scores. Gilbert has received National Merit Recognition for his efforts. He was recognized with Distinguished Participation in the National Spanish Exam. He attended the Congress of Future Medical Professionals. Gilbert was invited to participate in the American Chemical Society US National Chemistry Olympiad.

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WEEK 8: Renee Bosetti

Renee Bosetti

Lexus of Richmond’s 8th scholar athlete nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Renee Bosetti from Saint Gertrude High School. She currently has a 4.25 GPA having received First Honors on her report card all throughout high school. During her junior year, Renee was selected as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Recipient for outstanding achievement in math and science. For the National Spanish Exam, Renee received a bronze medal as a freshman (level 2) and a honorable mention as a junior (level 4). As a sophomore Renee was named the Honors Chemistry Student of the Year. During her junior year, Renee was selected Student of the Year for Honors Biology, United States History and Honors Spanish 4.

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WEEK 9: Carter Morgan

Carter Morgan

Lexus of Richmond’s week 9 scholar athlete nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Carter Morgan of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. With a 4.51 GPA, Carter is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish, English and American Sign Language Honor Societies. He has been on the A Honor Roll for every grading period throughout high school. Carter scored a 34 out of a possible 36 on the ACT exam. He additionally has 3 perfect AP exam scores to his name, and in 2018 Carter received a National Spanish Exam Bronze Medal.

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WEEK 10: Jeanne Wolkiewicz

Jeanne Wolkiewicz

Lexus of Richmond’s 10th scholar athlete nominated for the Leadership Award Scholarship is Jeanne Wolkiewicz of Powhatan High School. Ranked 2nd in her class with a 4.4818 GPA, Jeanne is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the English & Computer Science Honor Societies. She has been recognized as both an AP Scholar with Honors and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Jeanne has received the title Algebra 2 Honors Outstanding Student. She has been named the Student of the Year for: AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Psychology. Jeanne was a Junior Marshall for Powhatan, and she has received the William and Mary Leadership Award.

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WEEK 11: Liza Hopper

Liza Hopper

Our week 11 scholar athlete for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award Scholarship is Liza Hopper of Midlothian High School. Ranked 2nd in her class with a 4.94 GPA, Liza is a member of 7 honor societies. She is the President of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the English, Science, Mathematics (Mu Alpha Theta), Music (Tri M), Latin, and Social Studies (Rho Kappa) honor societies. Liza scored a 33 out of 36 on the ACT exam, and she is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She has been named the English Student of the Year (freshman) and AP Biology Junior of the Year. For her efforts on the Latin 2 National Latin Exam, Liza is Magna Cum Laude. Liza was a Junior Marshall, and she is a UVA Book Award recipient.

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WEEK 12: Mark Carnes 

Mark Carnes

Lexus of Richmond’s 12th scholar athlete nominated for the Lexus Leadership Award Scholarship is Mark Carnes of The Steward School. With a current 4.87 GPA, Mark is a two year member of the National Honor Society. As a 4 year member of the Honor Council Mark served as Vice President (11th), and he is currently the President for his senior year. In 2019 he was presented both the West Point Leadership Award and the Steward School Alumni Association Scholarship. Mark was selected to attended the Virginia Boys State of the American Legion, a leadership program focused on the government structure. As a member of the Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI) with the VCU School of Engineering, Mark has studied the recovery of spinal cord injuries and the reaction to muscle stimulation through electroencephalogram (EEG) induced firings. In 2018 Mark participated in the Virginia Space Coast Scholars which is program through NASA, and he was selected to attend a week long residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Mark was selected to attend the Harold M Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute in 2019. In 2017 he participated in Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) at Virginia Tech, and Mark also attended the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) at the United States Air Force Academy in 2019.

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WEEK 13: Sarah Bender 

Sarah Bender

Lexus of Richmond’s week 13 scholar athlete nominee is Sarah Bender of Douglas S. Freeman High School. Ranked 6th in a class of 396, she has a current GPA of 4.58. Sarah is a National AP Scholar, and she scored a 1490 out of 1600 on the SAT Exam. She is enrolled in the Center for Leadership, Government & Global Economics. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Sarah was recognized by her school as the Outstanding Art Student as a freshman. For her junior year, she was named the Outstanding Math Student. In 2018 and 2019 Sarah received USA Swimming Scholastic All American honors. Sarah received the National French Award Bronze Medal in 2017 and 2019. She is a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Sarah received an Honorable Mention from the Virginia Junior Academy of Science, and she is a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Key Winner.

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WEEK 14: Neal Dhar

Neal Dhar

Our 14th scholar athlete nominee for the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award is Neal Dhar of St. Christopher’s School. With a 4.4 GPA he is ranked in the Top 10% of his class. Neal scored a 1530 out of a possible 1600 on the SAT Exam and a 770 out of 800 on the Spanish SAT II. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, and he has received High Honors every semester of high school. As a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, Neal has received a Certificate of Excellence. Neal was St. Christopher’s nominee for the Belk Scholarship at Davidson College.

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WEEK 15: Maggie Bostain

Maggie Bostain

Lexus of Richmond’s 15th scholar athlete nominee for our Lexus Leadership Award is Maggie Bostain of the Collegiate School. With her current 4.16 GPA, Maggie has received straight A’s every grading period through high school. Maggie is the recipient of the Jefferson Book Award. this award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and embrace creativity, innovation and the spirit of discovery.

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WEEK 16: Avery Bowers

Avery Bowers

Lexus of Richmond’s week 16 scholar athlete nominee is Avery Bowers of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. With a current 4.46 GPA, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the American Sign Language Honor Society, and the French National Honor Society. Avery scored a 35 out a possible 36 on the ACT exam. He received a 740 out of a possible 800 on the SAT II US History. He has 4 perfect AP Exam scores making him an AP Scholar with Honor. In 2017 Avery earned a National French Exam Certificate of Success. Avery received the Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Key Award for Photography in 2018.

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