Forman Scholar Diamani Reed is Destined to Sing Her Way to Stardom from Drew University to Hollywood

There’s no business like show business, and no one knows that better than Forman Scholar Diamani Reed. With a passion for the performing arts, Diamani has her sights set on voicing the next blockbuster animated Disney musical. But before she makes it to the big screen, the incoming college freshman has plans to hit the books at Drew University, where she’s received a scholarship to study in the school’s vocal music program.

Diamani says she’s been drawn to music her entire life, finding herself singing in a choir as early as the first grade. It was then that she knew she wanted to translate her talent into a future career.

“For me, show business is a family business,” said Diamani. “I have cousins who’ve worked on Broadway and for Cartoon Network. My ultimate goal is to tap into my family’s performing arts legacy and take it to the next level.”

Getting involved with the theatre department at Salem High School allowed Diamani to have fun and continue to hone her on-stage skills. With supporting roles in Salem’s productions of Hello Dolly, Shrek the Musical and Newsies, Diamani showcased her talent and deepened her love and appreciation for the arts.

“I’m the happiest when I’m on stage. When you’re performing in a musical, you’re able to embody someone entirely different than yourself and transport the audience away from their everyday lives,” said Diamani. “I enjoy giving the audience that break, even if it’s only for an hour and a half.”

When Diamani was not performing on the Salem stage, she was competing on the field hockey field. Field hockey also runs in Diamani’s family. Her sister, who was a senior at Salem when Diamani was a freshman, was the one who got her originally involved with the team. Diamani has made the decision to continue her field hockey career at the collegiate level, playing for Drew’s NCAA Division 3 squad.

 “I’m thrilled to begin my college journey in just a few short weeks,” Diamani said. “I’ve been texting back and forth with my roommate, and I’m excited to get to know her more and build a lasting relationship.”

Diamani says she’s always been interested in learning new things and she intends on continuing her thirst for knowledge at Drew. She is looking forward to being on her own and getting involved with a variety of programs and organizations. She also knows that the staff of the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation will be there for her no matter what.

“The Foundation’s staff has been so supportive of every decision I’ve made so far in my college journey. They’ve prepared me well for the next four years, and I have faith they will continue to stand by me as I pursue my passion for music and grow as a performer,” said Diamani.

To those students still in high school, Diamani says that while it’s easy to procrastinate assignments and projects for school, you should avoid it at all costs. It’s possible to have fun and still produce high-quality work.

“After a long day of musical rehearsal and field hockey practice, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home from school was my homework,” said Diamani. “But over the years I came to realize that by putting my all into my schoolwork, I was ultimately setting myself up for future success. In life, motivation is the key to achieving anything worthwhile.” 


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