18 Under 18 Honoree: Ryan Diamond
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18 Under 18 Honoree: Ryan Diamond

Jewish Atlanta 2020's 18 Under 18 Honoree: Ryan Diamond, 17, The Weber School

Ryan has demonstrated an inspiring level of resilience and commitment by taking an active and increasing role in supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation after his diagnosis with Crohn’s disease in 2012. He has been a leading fundraiser for the organization for the past six years, raising over $75,000. But more importantly, he has been willing to speak up and speak out to create awareness about the disease. Ryan has successfully lobbied with CCF at the Georgia state capitol to pass groundbreaking legislation, providing medical protections for all Georgians with chronic illnesses. This May, he plans to lobby at the national level in Washington, D.C. Ryan has received numerous CCF awards, been an Honored Hero of the annual Take Steps Walk and has continued to serve as an ambassador and a speaker at the event each spring. Ryan also regularly meets with the organization leadership to implement new ideas for the walk. In addition, Ryan has represented The Weber School at multiple AIPAC events locally and in Washington, D.C., and has used his lobbying experience to bring insights to the Weber Model UN team. His love for travel, history, Jewish culture and languages, having studied Hebrew, Spanish and Mandarin, has led him to participate in Spanish immersion and mission trips to Cuba and Spain through The Weber School.

Activities and Awards:
National Honor Society
Spanish National Honor Society
CCF, Take Steps Walk ambassador, 2017-present; top individual fundraiser, 2016-19; top team fundraiser with Spandorfer family, 2016,
18-19; Honored Hero, 2016
The Weber School peer leader, 11th grade
Weber Chronic Illness Awareness Club, co-founder and co-president, 11th
Weber AIPAC Club, tenth-11th, vice president programming, 11th
Weber Rams for Israel Club, tenth-11th, VP recruitment, 11th
Model UN, tenth-11th
Weber Student Ambassador, ninth-11th
The Weber cross country, basketball and golf teams
Northside Youth Organization Baseball Umpire, ninth-11th
Camp Thunderbird Counselor in Training, tenth grade

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