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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

If there is one thing 11-year-old Albert Hanna is not lacking, it's self-confidence.

The Catholic Academy of West Buffalo sixth-grader was recently selected to be a scholar at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

How did he manage to become one of only 20 youngsters from around the country selected for the honor?

"Because of my high academic skills and leadership personality," said Albert, matter-of-factly. "What they said was I was the best kind of leader to look for solutions to solve problems."

He's not just bragging. The Congressional Youth Leadership Council, which arranged for Albert's two-week visit to the nation's capital, was impressed with the youngster's essay on leadership and offered him a scholarship to attend the conference.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference helps young scholars like Albert develop and sharpen their leadership skills by looking at current and past leaders and empowering young people to make a positive social impact in their community and the world.

In Washington, Albert got to visit several historical sites and the Smithsonian Institution. He especially enjoyed a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

Albert, who does well in social studies and math, helped some of his peers do better on tests by tutoring them. He would like to someday be an architectural engineer.

"I like building stuff and drawing blueprints," Albert said. "It's unique. that's why I want to do it."

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, NY 14240.

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