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Class Act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Joseph C. Smith, a 2008 St. Francis High School graduate, serves as president of the class of 2012 at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

He's a double major, studying history and adolescent education.

He's also a First Generation Scholar at the college, which is a community service-based scholarship he received because of his outstanding service and good academics while in high school. He ran indoor and outdoor track during his junior year. Joseph also did the announcing for basketball games and was involved in French Club and Male Chorus.

He's not waiting for his degree to start teaching. He's currently tutoring kids each week "to help encourage city school students to strive for the best and, hopefully, one day attend college themselves," says Joseph, of Hamburg, who made the Dean's List in his first semester, with nearly a straight-A average.

"I enjoy working with kids, and eventually would like to teach high school history," he says.

"I love working with the First Generation Program and student government. So far it's been a fantastic time here at Fisher."

At St. Francis, he served as vice president of the Historical Society. "I enjoy learning about the past," says Joseph, 18. "In order to understand where we are going, we must first understand where we have come from."

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