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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

For his Eagle Scout project, AJ Stahr repaired the flower boxes at the Food Bank of Western New York, off William Street.

"They use these boxes for growing plants and vegetables to feed the needy of Western New York," explains AJ, a 2006 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

"I've brought donations there for the canned-food drive during my years in Scouting. I wanted to help the Food Bank in any way I could."

Members of AJ's family and some friends also donated their time and materials to the project.

Wearing a uniform, which he has done since joining the Tiger Cub Scouts when he was 4 years old, is also part of the 20-year-old's future.

"I'd like to be in the law enforcement field somewhere in Western New York," he said.

AJ is in his second year of studies at Erie Community College's North Campus, taking criminal-justice classes. In his free time, he enjoys traveling in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and participating in sports.

So how did he get the name AJ, which is listed on his birth certificate as initials with no periods?

"My father loved the TV show 'Simon and Simon' -- one of the 'brothers' was named AJ -- and he felt it sounded good with our last name," he explained. "It's a little embarrassing, so I don't tell too many people."

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 lcontinelli@buffnews.com, or write to: Louise Continelli, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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