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Arts at Scheck Hillel

Scheck Hillel Musicians Earn Top Rankings

Scheck Hillel Community School hosted the 2017 District Solo & Ensemble on November 16 for 16 Scheck Hillel musicians and others from Ransom Everglades and Miami Country Day schools. For each solo presentation, students prepared music approved by the State with a piano accompanist and were adjudicated by a State certified judge. All Scheck Hillel students received either a Superior (highest rating) or an Excellent (2nd highest rating) on their solos. Special thanks to Matt Villa, Scheck Hillel’s band director, for nurturing our students' passions and talents, encouraging them to pursue their interest in music.
Mazal tov to Joi Alon and Jayme Podgorowiez for performing pieces that qualify them to perform at the State Solo and Ensemble in March, and to Jonathan Abbo for earning special recognition for performing the highest level of music possible. Congratulations to our students for working hard and earning the following rankings!

Superior Ranking
Joi Alon, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone)
Daniel Bloom, Grade 12 (Alto Saxophone)
Alexandra Fincheltub, Grade 12 (Clarinet)
Eitan Garzon, Grade 7 (Clarinet)
Zachary Lemmer, Grade 8 (Flute)
Jeremy Nichols, Grade 9 (Snare Drum)
Jonathan Nichols, Grade 8 (Piano)
Jayme Podgorowiez, Grade 11 (Clarinet)

Excellent Ranking
Jonathan Abbo, Grade 11 (Alto Saxophone)
Michael Berenstein, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone)
Raquel Dimitri, Grade 11 (Trumpet)
Eli Gelb, Grade 10 (Tenor Saxophone)
Emily Rodman, Grade 11 (Clarinet)
Joshua Schmutter, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone)
Elliot Shiro, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone)
Danielle Waijman, Grade 11(Trumpet)
Jordan Alexander Ressler, z”l, chased his dreams and made them come true.  Guided by his passion for life and love for the arts, he launched a successful career in film and theatre after graduating from Cornell University. Credits included original productions of “Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays” and “Jersey Boys,” both of which moved to Broadway. Sadly, Jordan passed away in a tragic accident in 2004 when he was only 23 years old. In 2007, his family created the Jordan Alexander Ressler Arts Program at Scheck Hillel Community School to seed a legacy of children inspired to discover their own talents, ignite their own passions and chase their own dreams. This year, the school proudly celebrates the endowment’s 10-year anniversary.