He now uses an insulin pump that he programs himself. He checks his glucose eight to 10 times a day.
While he is a fairly healthy eater, he enjoys the occasional candy bar.
"I eat anything and everything," he said. "I love fresh salads."
However, he also has Celiac disease and focuses upon a gluten-free diet.
Jay isn't one to let any of this slow him down.
"I refuse to dwell on it," he said.
Capital High Principal Clinton Giles takes pride in Jay's accomplishments.
"He is a fine young fellow," Giles said. "He is very goal-oriented, civic-minded, bright and talented. He's an excellent debater. He is in a challenging, upper-level curriculum."
Jay is now investing time and energy into organizing this year's fundraising walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event is set for 11:30 a.m. May 19 at the state Capitol complex.
He describes the event as a family fun day with a walk around the Capitol building, lunch, and activities for kids. For more information go to www.kidswithdiabeteswv.com, email lorihaap...@yahoo.com or call 304-382-7822.
As a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Jay will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where he will join honorees from throughout the country for four days of national recognition events.
Jay plans to invest his $1,000 in flying lessons. While he would not pass medical tests to become a commercial pilot, he intends to have a private pilot license one day.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.