Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.
Rebecca (Henshell) Schuchart
What years did you attend The Silver Academy?
From 1990-1993 (K-3). "Back then" it was called the Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy.
Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?
I grew up in Penbrook followed by Susquehanna Township, where my parents still reside.
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?
I went to South Side Elementary, then Susquehanna Township School District for both middle and high school. I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, followed by Drexel University with a Master's of Science in Television Management.
Where do you live now?
I have lived in Center City Philadelphia for the past 10 years, but soon I am relocating to Stamford, Connecticut with my husband, Brian
What do you do?
I work for NBC Sports. I focus on developing new original programming, along with acquiring already created shows and sporting events. I just celebrated my 5 year anniversary with NBC/Comcast.
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?
I absolutely loved art class with Mrs. Popky. I used to dream about being an art teacher at the Yeshiva!
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?
I'm still very close with many people from my class, but my very best friends would have to be those that were part of my wedding party this past September: Abby (Rockmaker) Match, Keren Shefet, Stacey Cohen & Jordan Klein. Also, I can't forget those gals that I had best-friend necklaces with: Julia Frankston-Morris Gasner and Rena Staub
What was your favorite school lunch?
To be honest, I was not a fan of school lunches, but if I have to pick one, it would be the baked macaroni and cheese. I also really enjoyed the chocolate milk in the paper containers.
How many times were you sent to the principal's office?
I got in trouble only one time during my four years at the Yeshiva. A few of us decided that it was a good idea to tell another student to cover his corn completely in ketchup. Morah Chani did not like this wasteful behavior, so we had to bench twice that day.
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?
Confession: In first grade I put a crayon in the pencil sharpener and it got stuck. I was too scared to say I did it at the time, and I have kept this with me ever since. My teacher was Ms. Mercurio (Andrea Weikert). I hope you can forgive me!
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
I loved taking acting and art classes with my friends. I also enjoyed watching all of the theater performances.
Who was your role model in Harrisburg?
My parents Al & Lilia Henshell, still and will always be my role models and biggest cheerleaders.