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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Teachers "have taught me to believe, have faith and have fun," says Elizabeth "Lizzy" Lewin, 18, of Buffalo, who is just starting her freshman year at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, in Manhattan.

Lizzy, an accomplished flutist, received the Performing Arts Award from Buffalo Seminary during the Class Day ceremony. She was an active member of the Cultural Awareness Club throughout her time at Buffalo Seminary, and in her senior year, the school community elected her president of the Social Service Board.

Yet she found time to broaden the scope of her high school's assistance to the less fortunate during the holidays, by working with the Joan A. Male Family Support Center. Instead of each class adopting one family, as was the tradition at the school, last December Lizzy led the school to adopt 100 kids of all ages.

In the Fine and Performing Arts Program at Buffalo Seminary, Lizzy was a rising star. The program is designed to promote growth through performance, as well as the study of the history and philosophy of artistic expression. Since her freshman year, she performed in nearly every school production -- from Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" in her freshman year, to Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" last spring.

Know a young outstanding Western New Yorker? Tell us all about your nomination, including birth date and address, for possible publication in ClassActs. Photos can't be returned. Write to: Louise Continelli, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240, or e-mail

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