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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Keith Bogdan might only be 17, but he's not afraid to set goals, which is why he's able to excel both in the classroom and in sports.

This year, the North Tonawanda High School senior is taking no fewer than four Advanced Placement courses - AP Calculus, AP Accounting, AP Economics and French 5. These are college-level courses that can deliver college credit.

Keith took AP courses when he was a junior, and he also lettered in three varsity sports - football, basketball and baseball.

A team player, he is a quarterback for the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks.

His efforts in sports don't detract from his efforts in the classroom. Keith's cumulative average tops 98 percent, ranking him seventh in his class of 345 students.

Self-directed and disciplined, Keith is able to achieve exceptional success both on and off the field. His plans for next year include going to college for accounting.

"I plan on attending Canisius College in the fall. I'm almost certain that I want to major in accounting and also minor in finance. After my bachelor's degree, I intend on going for my master's.

"And after that, I strongly believe I can make it in this world as a successful accountant. Like anyone, I want to make a lot of money, and I'm willing to work my tail off to do just that."

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