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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Honor student Megan Stoklosa, a graduate of Holy Angels Academy, is now pursuing a degree in international business at Canisius College.

"I've learned that in today's society, globalization has had a major impact on the business world," says the Canisius freshman. "I want to be included in this evolving era for business. I've always been interested in learning to interact with other societies and cultures."

Megan had a head start as an active member of the Polish Falcons of America. She is the Junior Director of Youth for the Polish Falcons Nest 6 of Cheektowaga. Last fall, she began volunteering for the Falcons' Tiny Tots Gymnastic Class.

The 19-year-old has volunteered for many Polish Falcon events, including the annual National Summer Camp held at St. Vincent de Paul Camp in Angola, the National Junior Volleyball Tournament and the yearly Nest 6 Golf Tournament, which raised more than $15,000 for the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.

The Cheektowaga resident is the winner of the Dr. T.A. Starzynski and the Nest 6 scholarships.

Besides her ethnic heritage, Megan's faith is a driving force in her life. She's an Eucharistic Minister at Mother of Divine Grace Church in Cheektowaga, where she helps out at the parish's annual Oldies Dance fund-raiser.

At Holy Angels, Megan served as treasurer of the National Honor Society chapter, receiving an award for outstanding academic excellence. In addition, she belonged to her school's Spanish Club.

"I became more involved in understanding the world and how different people accomplish their goals," the college freshman says.

As she takes courses through the Canisius honors program, Megan hopes to continue her education at American University in Washington D.C., to earn her master's degree.

"I'll be able to study abroad," she explains, "to see how different countries function with business that crosses their cultural boundaries."

Know a young outstanding Western New Yorker? Tell us about your nomination, including date of birth and address, for possible publication in ClassActs. Photos cannot be returned. E-mail Or write to: Louise Continelli, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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