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    Three local rising stars

    Nadja Peschke
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    Nadja Peschke

    Aaron Harel, Musician/Entrepreneur

    Damani Batchler
    Aaron Harel

    Age: 19

    Hometown: Needham

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    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

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    Jack Libresco, Actor

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    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

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    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