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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Jason Mazurowski, 18, of the Town of Tonawanda, wants to help solve today's environmental problems.

But the geology major offers an assist on some human issues as well.

Not long ago the 2006 graduate of Kenmore East Senior High School received his Eagle Scout badge for a project on getting volunteers together to create a directory of people willing to shovel snow for elderly or homebound people.

"I'm currently studying geology because I want to learn all I can about how our world functions, so I can contribute to the solutions of many of the environmental problems we face today," says Jason, who did his project in conjunction with the Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Department. "I've been looking into careers in either environmental geology, or paleontology."

Now at the University at Buffalo on a merit scholarship, Jason plans to continue in scouting. A member of Troop 202, sponsored by St. Amelia Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, this teen earned 31 merit badges -- 10 more than needed to become an Eagle Scout. He joined scouting as a Tiger Cub in 1994.

The son of Jean and Peter Mazurowski graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Kenmore East. The scholar-athlete earned three varsity letters, and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Know a young outstanding Western New Yorker? Tell us about your nomination, including date of birth and address, for possible publication in Class act. Sorry, photos can't be returned. E-mail, or write to: Louise Continelli, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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