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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

When she's not practicing her tae kwon do, 9-year-old Kate Abramo is rehearsing Polish folk dance, reading or cooking - all things that she loves to do.

Kate has been a martial-arts student at Buffalo's Master Khechen School of Tae Kwon Do and will be taking the test for a black belt next year.

During the Camille El Khechen tournament at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, she won the title of Junior Musical Weapon Champion.

"I like tae kwon do because I can make new friends, get a great workout and learn about a different culture," said Kate, who is in the fourth grade at Fletcher Elementary in the City of Tonawanda.

"Sometimes it's hard, but nothing worth doing is easy the first time you do it. I always want to be learning."

Kate has asthma and believes that the special breathing in tae kwon do helps build up her lungs. It's "a workout on the inside," she said.

Some time in the future, she would like to teach tae kwon do "to pay for culinary school."

"My favorite chefs are Alton Brown, Emeril [Lagasse] and the original 'Iron Chefs.'

"I like to make up new recipes, and I hope to have my own restaurant some day."

Maybe a career in the movies will also be in the future of this young City of Tonawanda resident, since she likes "to blend makeup to create special effects, especially zombie makeup."

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