Shawnee’s Ziccardi brothers — similar, yet different

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Jake (left) and Zachary Ziccardi.

Jake (left) and Zachary Ziccardi.

LIMA — The future looks bright for brothers Zachary and Jake Ziccardi, who are about as different in their interests as two brothers can be.

Zachary, 18, is a senior at Shawnee High School while Jake, 16, is a junior.

“I’m committed to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and I’m studying biochemistry on a pre-medical track. I hope to go to medical school to be a neurologist, specializing in stroke prevention and intervention,” said Zachary. “I’ve always been very interested in medicine, I volunteered at St. Rita’s for three summers. My father is a doctor, he’s a psychologist but I’ve always been more interested in the medical field, especially when I came into the anatomy class. It really blossomed a passion that nothing is boring about it, whatsoever. It’s a dance of crazy, it’s like facts and oddities and it’s really appealing to me.”

Extracurricular activities are important to both brothers.

“I am the varsity quiz bowl captain. I have been for the past two years and I’m also president of the German Club here and I was the marching band drum major this past marching season. We are both in the OMEA District 3 Honors Band, both first chair players in our respective instruments. I play the euphonium,” said Zachary.

“I was first chair trombone in the District Honors Band and Jazz Band,” said Jake.

But for Jake, music is more than an extracurricular activity.

“I would like to go to college and become a composition major in music,” said Jake.

“I have a band I created this year called Superbloom. Our first gig was at Groamy’s Record Shop for his TV show,” Jake said.

“I’ve taught myself the bass guitar and I play piano and trumpet and a lot of other instruments,” said Jake.

Jake is considering whether to attend college at Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, Indiana University or Ohio University.

He’s hoping to chart out a career as a commercial composer.

Someday you might see him in Los Angeles, New York or even Nashville — “some sort of town where you can get lots of opportunities,” said Jake.

Both students enjoy their time at Shawnee High School.

“It’s a good school in general. We don’t have much trouble at all. The teachers are pretty great. They all know what they’re doing,” said Jake.

“Pretty rich band history, for musicians it’s very nice” added Zachary.

Jake (left) and Zachary Ziccardi. (left) and Zachary Ziccardi.
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By Sam Shriver

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