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Arts at Scheck Hillel

Scheck Hillel Band Students Earn `Superior´ Ratings in State Solo & Ensemble

Scheck Hillel Band Students Earn `Superior´ Ratings in 
State Solo & Ensemble
NORTH MIAMI BEACH – Scheck Hillel Community School students Joi Alon (Grade 10) and Jayme Podgorowiez (Grade 11) received Superior ratings for their performances in the 2018 State Solo and Ensemble March 20 at the John I. Leonard Community High School in Greenacres, Florida. Superior is the highest rating possible. This is the first time that Scheck Hillel students have earned this honor at the State level - a singular achievement for the Band, led by Matt Villa, and a new milestone for our Jordan Alexander Ressler Arts Program. 
Joi played the saxophone and was judged by Dr. Jonathan Helton, Professor of Saxophone at the School of Music of the University of Florida. Jayme's clarinet solo was judged by Dr. Lynn Musco, Stetson University Professor of Clarinet, Coordinator of Woodwind Studies and Chair of Students for the School of Music.
“We are incredibly proud of Joi, Jayme and Band director Matt Villa” said Dr. Ezra Levy, Scheck Hillel's Head of School. “Seeing their talent and dedication earn recognition from such distinguished musicians reinforces the tremendous value of Scheck Hillel's commitment to arts education through our Jordan Alexander Arts Program."
Joi and Jayme participated in the 2017 District 20 Solo and Ensemble adjudication, hosted by Scheck Hillel in November, when their performances qualified them to advance to the State level. At the District event, the following Scheck Hillel students earned a Superior (highest rating) for their solo performances: Daniel Bloom (Grade 12), Alexandra Fincheltub (Grade 12), Eitan Garzon (Grade 7), Zachary Lemmer (Grade 8), Jeremy Nichols (Grade 9) and Jonathan Nichols (Grade 8). The success continued with the following students who each earned an Excellent (second-highest rating): Jonathan Abbo (Grade 11), Michael Berenstein (Grade 10), Raquel Dimitri (Grade 11), Eli Gelb (Grade 10), Emily Rodman (Grade 11), Joshua Schmutter (Grade 10), Elliot Shiro (Grade 10) and Danielle Waijman (Grade 11).
About Scheck Hillel Community School 
From early childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity, values and a commitment to the State of Israel, through a college preparatory curriculum and meaningful co-curricular experiences, guided by Orthodox teachings and set within a nurturing, diverse community. Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For information, please visit eHillel.org.