Xaiver Williams of Hampton High School earns the Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award
Xaiver Williams, a senior at Hampton High School (HHS), has earned the Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award and $10,000. One student is selected from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts for demonstrating academic accomplishment, excellence of character, qualities of leadership, and devotion to duty.
The process to earn the award is a rigorous one that involves several steps. One student in each high school in Virginia is chosen to submit their application for the award. Applications are distributed from the admissions office of the University of Virginia. A committee of five deans from the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Washington and Lee University review the applications and reduce the list to 33 applicants. This represents three students from each congressional district.
Students then participate in a two-day interview with a committee of 10 citizens with Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Supreme Court of Virginia serving as the chair. The committee and Lemons select the 11 winners.
“Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr. viewed his life of service through Jeffersonian lenses. He believed that an educated citizenry is necessary to sustain democracy. He believed that public service is among the highest obligations and virtues of citizenship,” said Lemons. “He believed that each generation must cultivate new leaders. And he had an abiding confidence that the young people he met would rise to the challenge.”
An endowment established by Byrd at UVA is used to fund the scholarships.
Xaiver has been the drum major at HHS for two years. He is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Rho Kappa History Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and National Honor Society. He serves on the city of Hampton Youth Commission, is a youth pastor adjutant and is a member of Calvery Community Church. Xaiver serves on the Hampton Neighborhood Commission and was elected as the 76th Governor of the American Legion Virginia Boys State. He also served as the secretary and student representative for the Hampton Council of PTA and was the student representative to the School Board in 2017-2018 and the student representative alternate in 2018-2019. He plans to attend a college or university in the fall and major in music education.
Congratulations to Xaiver on this outstanding award!
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