AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - He's representing the CSRA in a big way.
This week's High 5 4 Kids honoree is now the CSRA Youth of the Year presented by the Boys and Girls Club.
"This caught me off guard really," said Canaan Wright, this week's High 5 4 Kids nominee. "I really wasn't expecting it."
Canaan is an athlete, leader and teen who is making a difference in the CSRA.
"I'm glad that I was able to meet a whole bunch of different people, and my peers were able to see me doing something positive," Canaan said. "Because a lot of youth now a days, there's nothing positive really, and I'm glad that I'm in a positive environment and doing a positive thing."
Canaan got involved with the Boys and Girls club three years ago, helping others in his community and setting an example for his peers.
"Within those three years, we've been doing a lot of community service, and I've been mingling with the kids that's in there and get to know a lot of people and being exposed to different things," Canaan said.
Canaan's involvement with the Boys and Girls Club has opened many doors for him, landing him an internship with the Richmond County Board of Education.
"What I gathered from him in a short time working with him, he's definitely a self-starter and hardworking," said Richmond County Board of Education public information officer Israel Butler.
And the list goes on, which makes him very deserving of this title.
"Am I surprised that he won?" Butler said. "No, I'm not. I think that he's very much deserving of the honor."
"Joyous! I am very overwhelmed, " said Wright's mother Terri Wright. "It's well deserved, he's worked really hard. I'm just really excited about the road he has ahead of him."
With just a few months left before graduating from A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering Magnet School, Wright has big plans ahead of him.
"I plan on going to University of Alabama and pursuing mechanical engineering, and I'm playing baseball for them too, so that'll be really exciting," Canaan said.
Canaan will be heading to Atlanta on Feb. 24, where the Georgia Youth of the Year will be named at the Georgia Legislative Breakfast.