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School: Calkins Road Middle School
Raymond is a high honor-student who plays piano and violin and also is a competitive swimmer and winner of national math competitions. As a pianist, he made his orchestral debut with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra in Italy at the age 11, and recently performed with Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition. Raymond has been won national and international competitions and in the Rochester area, performs solo piano concerts at senior living facilities and often serves as the concertmaster for his school concerts.
What the judges had to say:
“Between his science and math successes, his athletic abilities, and his sharing of musical talents with the community and abroad, Raymond is an impressive youth. He epitomizes the terms ‘well-rounded’ and 'hard-working.’’’