Madden Diamond - Maryland Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Caroline Diamond Photography by Erica Land Photography Issue 40 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: My daughter is not a cheerleader; she doesn’t play soccer and you won’t find her on a field carrying a lacrosse stick. She is as tough as any of those players and then some. She has had speech difficulties her throughout her life. She began high school last year and if high school isn’t hard enough, she developed a stutter her 9th grade year. She attended a high school where she was bullied constantly and got up every morning and never complained. She got the best grades of her life. Even through all these hardships she is kind and prides herself on treating people the way you would like to be treated. My daughter has taught me not to allow those who are cruel and mean, to make you hard and mean yourself. Madden inspires me every day not to give up, not to allow a society who is judgmental to affect your path. I couldn't be prouder of the young lady Madden has become.
Image by Madden Diamond
If you get the opportunity to be interviewed, what would you most like to be interviewed about? I would like to be interviewed about how important it is not worry so much about what others think. To follow your gut and believe in yourself.
Why do you feel like it's important to care more about what you think than about what others think? It is important to love yourself flaws and all. Others don’t always have my best interest at heart. I feel this is the only way to truly be confident. If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? It would be not to judge a book by its cover. I have/had a stutter and it’s important not judge others by their differences. I wish others would look at a difference as interesting and not just different.
Image by Madden Diamond
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am not sure when I decided to make some changes, but I have made it a point to try new things. Since making this decision I have participated in farming and Marley games at the high school I attended last year. This year I made photographer on my school newspaper. I am also now part of project beauty and am a Model Ambassador for Erica Land a photographer. All of these activities I would have been scared to try in the past. I am so proud that I have not allowed my fears to stop me.
How have you participated in farming and what do you like most about it? At my high school last year we planted crops and picked peppers. My group was outdoors working in the fields from 4:00-6:00 three days a week. I had never done anything like this before and enjoyed going out of my comfort zone.
Congratulations on making photographer for your school newspaper! What is one thing you've learned so far? Since Covid I am virtual so taking pictures for the paper have been put on hold a bit. I switched high schools this year and was thrilled to have been included in the paper. I am excited to get back to school and start shooting.
Look for Madden in issue 40 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!