by LINDA FRABL | photo by Soul of Photography

Compassionate Runner

Noah Diamant, a senior at Torrey Pines High School who lives in the Cielo community of Rancho Santa Fe, is passionate about running, playing his electric guitar, earning his Eagle Scout rank, and helping with the services at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Crediting his parents for his strong work ethic, Noah admitted, “My dad particularly inspires me because he pushes me to do my best and to stretch beyond my limits.”

A sense of compassion has also been instilled in Noah by his father, who volunteers at St. Leo Mission in Solana Beach by providing medical services for uninsured patients. In fact, it was at St. Leo Mission that Noah came up with his Eagle Scout project idea. He explained, “The patients there wait in line by standing in the hot sun for their turn to see the doctor. I discussed the problem with the other volunteers there, and we all agreed that building a large patio cover for the clinic would be a great addition.” So that’s what Noah did!

“Running is a great way to stay in shape, plus it keeps me mentally strong.

That energetic stamina to take on major tasks comes from Noah’s main obsession, which is running. Noah has been on his school’s cross-country team since he was a freshman, when he was named Most Promising Freshman Athlete in cross country, as well as Rookie of Year in track and field. He has since won the CIF Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award in cross country and was twice named the San Diego Union-Tribune Athlete. Noah stated, “Running is a great way to stay in shape, plus it keeps me mentally strong.”

Another obsession for Noah is his electric guitar, which he has been playing for six years. Noah has already been in a few different bands, one of which placed third in a Battle of the Bands competition. A fan of classic rock, Noah cites Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, and Slash as musical inspirations.

Noah also finds time to attend concerts, watch the Arizona Cardinals football games, and run along the steep, challenging trails in his neighborhood. Considering his varied interests, it’s not surprising that Noah is still undecided on which subject he’ll focus on in college. He revealed, “I want to keep my options open and see what I enjoy the most.” Noah jokingly added, “I do not believe distance running is a career option, but that sure would be fun!”

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AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Noah Robert Diamant (18)
School: Torrey Pines High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Joel and Caroline Diamant
Sibling: Julia Diamant (15)
Favorite Places to Visit in Rancho Santa Fe: Cafe Positano and the RSF Pharmacy icee machine in the summer!