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Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year: Finalist Jhacori Stacy

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley will name its 2016 Youth of the Year Thursday night.  All week, News Leader 9 has been introducing you to the seven finalists hoping to win the award.

 Among those finalists is a very special senior who is sure to have a major impact on the world. Jhacori Stacy, 17, enjoys and appreciates the simple things in life.

"I like to play video games, draw, and I want to graduate high school,” says Jhacori.

Prospects for that are pretty good for this exceptional senior who, in addition to drawing, loves math, science and economics. Jhacori is homeschooled so the Boys and Girls Club has been a key part of his life for the last 12 years - giving him the chance to interact with other students his age.

Jhacori has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism considered to be on the high functioning end of the spectrum.

He wants people to know about his disorder and understand that just because someone has a disability it doesn't mean they're different.

"We are all the same and plus we live on the same planet. If you do not like what God crated then why mess with it if you're not going to help it?” Jhacori says.

Jhacori and his mother provide meals for the homeless in the community and he hopes to make the world a better place. He’s not sure if that will be through his art, or by becoming a video game designer or something else.

Right now, Jhacori says he’s just focusing on doing his best in school and becoming a graduate of the class of 2016.

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