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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Christine Pearl, a recent graduate of Lake Shore High School, has won an essay contest designed to encourage music students to continue their passion for playing music.

Christine has been a flute player in the school band since fifth grade.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Angola, was one of several thousand entrants from all over the United States and several foreign countries, according to Sidney Davis, of School Band and Orchestra magazine, sponsor of the competition along with NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry.

Christine, who will study at Ithaca College in the fall, won a $1,000 scholarship, and Lake Shore's music programs will receive music products from some of the contest's co-sponsors.

In her winning essay titled "How My School Music Program Contributes to the Quality of Life in My Community," Christine points out that a highlight of her time at Lake Shore was last year, when "bands from my high school came home with two first-place trophies from the National Freedom Festival in New York City.

"It was such a big deal that our buses even received a police escort from the Thruway exit back to the school upon our return. On top of our trophies, two members of the band got to play on stage with the pit orchestra during the Broadway show, 'Chicago.'

"It was something none of us will ever forget."

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 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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