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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Bryan Lillis, 18, a 2006 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, not only can walk the runway, he can probably build it, too.

You may have seen Bryan, who attended D'Youville College, in local ads. He has also appeared in several films, while finding time to coach local hockey, a sport he once played.

Bryan also helps out in Sean Patrick's, his family's Amherst restaurant, where he has learned about "running a restaurant and being able to do handiwork -- painting, remodeling, construction, plumbing.

"Growing up with my family owning a restaurant was hectic," he said.

"Every time someone didn't show up, I had to go and fill in. There are a lot of hours and hard work involved.

"However, one thing I did get out of it was learning all the different tasks. From restaurant jobs to building and renovating the place, I got to take part in all the activities."

But for his future, "my goal is to be an actor," says Bryan, of Clarence, who still pitches in at the restaurant between assignments.

"I love to act. To me, modeling ultimately is exposure -- but acting is my passion."

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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