Youth of the Year finalist: Carver High's Diamond Williams

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - News Leader 9 is highlighting several young people who are making a difference in the community.

There are the four finalists for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley's Youth of the Year award.

Today we introduce you to a young lady who uses humor to bring out the best in herself and others. Carver High School sophomore Diamond Williams says all her friends say she's funny, even when she's not trying to be. It just comes natural she says.
 
Although the 16-year-old honor student may not look like it, she's an avid follower of comic books. Diamond calls Superman her favorite comic book character, not because of his strength but because of his alter ego.

"Superman when he puts on his costume, he's Clark Kent. That's how I was when I first came to the Boys and Girls Club," says Diamond.
But after meeting with the staff, they showed me I could always be myself and that's when Superman started coming to the forefront and less Clark Kent," Diamond says.

Diamond says the Boys and Girls Club not only helped to bring out her "superpowers," it also helped her see herself in a new way.

"It's actually shaped me for a better future and made me who I was on the inside instead of trying to be like everyone else.  I was helping others by putting a smile on their faces because that's what I love to do," she says.

Diamond has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club off and on since she was nine-years-old. As a teen, she helped create the Girls Aim Higher program at the club which helps girls with self-esteem. Now she reads and mentors to young club members. One day she hopes to become a comedic actor.  As to what the club means to her, Diamond sums it up with a quote that perhaps Superman himself would use: "Mastering others in strength and mastering yourself in true power."

"I can encourage others, help them find their true meaning being on this earth, and I feel I can be a good representation for the south Boys and Girls Club and all the Boys and Girls Club for America," Diamond tells us.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley's Youth of the Year will be announced Thursday night, Feb. 15.

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