Three local rising stars

Nadja Peschke
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Nadja Peschke

Aaron Harel, Musician/Entrepreneur

Damani Batchler
Aaron Harel

Age: 19

Hometown: Needham


Origins: Started playing drums at age 10. Found his way to Plugged In, an afterschool program for young rock musicians, at 12.

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What he’s doing now: Patenting a new multi-tonal drum system called Zone Custom Drum Enhancements

What else he does: Attends Drexel University


Jack Libresco, Actor


Age: 16

Hometown, Arlington

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Sixteen-year old Jack Libresco at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts rehearses for the play 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Origins: Started performing in plays at age 4, with a role as Owl in “Winnie the Pooh.”

What he’s doing now: Starring in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with the Alexander Children’s Theatre

What else he does: Plays hockey, sings in a competitive school choir, competes on WGBH’S High School Quiz Show



Nadja Peschke, Dancer

Age: 15

Hometown: Framingham

Origins: Began in a community dance program with ballet and tap at age 3.

What she’s doing now: Rehearsing and performing with MassBallet

What else she does: Writes poetry and fantasy novels