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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Pierre Milton, 17, studies Advanced Placement English at Buffalo's Hutchinson-Central Technical High School, where he is a senior.

He's got the sciences and math covered, as well, taking three other AP courses -- biology, chemistry and calculus. Even with that load, this biochemical-technology major is ranked fifth in his senior class, earning nearly a straight "A" average of 3.85.

Pierre has also volunteered at Friends of Night People. And he rescues animals. He currently cares for his three dogs and no fewer than four cats.

It's no surprise Pierre wants to become a veterinarian and he will probably major in biomedical sciences or chemistry in college. So far he has applied to the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Niagara University and Geneseo State College. With his AP courses, he may already have a semester of college credits behind him.

He has been a scholar-athlete at Hutch-Tech for the last three years. For most of his life he's been active in sports -- gymnastics, soccer, baseball and ice hockey. And the last four years at Hutch-Tech, he swam with the varsity swim team. This year, he was unanimously voted swim team captain.

In addition, Pierre, a scholarship winner, is a member of the National Honor Society and school fraternity Kappa Sigma Phi. And he holds down a part-time job at Wegmans.

"It's a struggle at times to try and juggle everything in my life, but I try to keep myself from getting overwhelmed," Pierre said.

"I try to have good time-management skills and plan ahead. I also budget in time to hang out with family and friends. They are a very important part of my life, and I probably wouldn't be able to do everything that I do, if it wasn't for their support and help."

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