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Think religious kids aren't tough?

Meet the big winner at this year's Diocesan Youth Conference, 18-year-old Josal Diebold of Grand Island - who also holds a black belt in tae kwan do.

In addition, she's the "Outstanding Catholic Youth," an honor presented by the Buffalo Diocese, acknowledging Josal's commitment to living as Christ's disciple in the world today, her teaching mission, and fostering her own personal growth.

"I was really surprised by this huge honor I wasn't expecting," Josal said. "It seems strange to be recognized for what I love doing."

The Holy Angels Academy senior and member of St. Stephen's Parish in Grand Island picked up another award at the conference, held recently in Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Josal, considered an excellent student, was one of 15 recipients of a Manus Christi Award in recognition of her volunteer work with her parish.

Besides being a retreat team member and peer minister, she has served on the Diocesan Youth Board for three years.

The daughter of Joseph and Angela Diebold is Holy Angel's freshman basketball coach and has earned a Silver Award as a Girl Scout.

Know a young outstanding Western New Yorker? Tell us about your nomination, including age and address, for possible publication in ClassActs. Photos can't be returned. Write to: Louise Continelli, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240, or e-mail