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.
Outside of the classroom Mark is involved in numerous groups at Steward. For three years he has been an Admissions Ambassador where he gives tours of the school facilities to prospective families. In Student Government since 10th grade, Mark has served as the Entertainment Director and on the Prom Committee. As a senior he is serving as a Class Officer. He is the Founder and President of the Airlift Club. Mark is a member of the Pediatric Cancer Club, Environmental Club, and the Debate Club. As a sophomore he was a Beta Member Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Lego EV3. He twice participated in Steward’s Hack-A-Thon, an event to develop computer applications. Freshman year Mark was a Steward School Bryan Innovation Lab Ambassador where he gave tours of the facility (one of three educational Innovations Labs worldwide).
While attending the Steward School, Mark has been a member of their soccer team every year where he plays as a forward/striker. He played for the Varsity team for 3 years (10th-12th). On the JV team for 2 seasons, Mark was named their MVP as a freshman and sophomore. Mark was a Varsity Tennis player during his freshman year. While in 10th and 11th grade, he played Varsity Lacrosse as a midfielder. Throughout his high school years, Mark has also played soccer for local teams including the Strikers and SCOR and has been the captain for multiple seasons.
Throughout his high school years, Mark has been highly involved in his community. As a recipient of Make-A-Wish, he was later selected as the Make-A-Wish Airline Miles Campaign Spokesperson in 2017 and 2019. As a part of the Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia Youth Leadership Council, Mark has led the planning for fundraisers and served as Logistics Chairman for the September 2019 “Carnival of Wishes”. Mark additionally is a 3 time team captain for the “Walk for Wishes” event through Make-A-Wish. In 2017 Mark was a VCU Children’s Hospital Ambassador, and he was featured in their calendar and blog (July 2017). With Connor’s Heroes, a foundation dedicated to aiding families coping with childhood cancer, Mark has volunteered and assisted with raising money; notably, he created a piece of artwork that sold for $4750 at a gala auction. Additionally, Mark has assisted with ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation by serving as a team captain for 5k races.
Mark 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 Scholarship interviews to learn more about Mark!