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Forty-seven of MMI Preparatory School’s 76 entrants in ninth through 12th grades qualified to attend the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference, which will be held from April 2-5 in Hershey.
MMI students qualified for the state conference in 26 different individual and team competitive events during a regional competition at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre. The list of competitive categories includes: Business Calculations, Business Ethics, Business Law, Business Planning, Client Service, Computer Problem Solving, Cyber Security, Global Business, Health Care Administration, Help Desk, Insurance and Risk Management, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Business Procedures, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Information Technology, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Journalism, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Management, Personal Finance, Publication Design, Public Speaking, Public Service Announcement, Securities and Investments, and Sports and Entertainment Management.
MMI Preparatory School recently received a $1,000 contribution from FNCB Bank through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program to go toward need-based scholarships at the school.
MMI Director of Advancement Kim McNulty said, “On behalf of everyone at MMI Preparatory School, “I’d like to thank FNCB for their generous contribution. MMI students have received more than $3 million in direct scholarships thanks to the contributions from companies like FNCB since our EITC program’s inception in 2005. When you contribute to MMI through the EITC program, your gift directly supports funding for children in need to attend our school.”
FNCB Assistant Vice President Mike Cummings said, “Since 2010, FNCB has contributed almost $1.2 million dollars to local scholarship organizations through the EITC program. We are proud to help many deserving families attend schools such as MMI.”
Anden Karlick captured first place in MMI’s Sixth Grade Science Fair for his presentation on Root Systems and Erosion. John Schwear III placed second for his presentation on Tire Pressure in Bicycles and Jeffrey DeAngelo was third for his presentation on How Senses Change Your Taste.
The Science fair took place on January 27 in the MMI Cafe. All sixth grade students were required to complete a project, which they then showcased to the school and their families. Projects were judged by AP Science students and faculty.
Seventh grader Christian Homnack was the winner and classmate Connor Spencer finished as the runner-up in MMI Preparatory School’s competition as part of qualifications for the National Geographic Bee. MMI’s Geographic Bee competition, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. As MMI’s winner, Homnack now has a chance to compete for a $50,000 college scholarship.
Christian Homnack is the son of Lori Pavell, Hazleton, and Dennis Homnack, St. Johns. Connor Spencer is the son of Christina and Christopher Spencer, Mountaintop.
Grete Floryshak, MMI Social Sciences instructor and adviser for the competition, said, “I’d like to commend Christian, Connor and all of MMI’s participants for their dedication to the competition. We’re honored to have Christian represent MMI as he advances to the state level of the competition.”
D. Scott Wiggins, who has served as interim Head of School at MMI Preparatory School since July of 2016, was appointed as the school’s permanent Head of School by the MMI Board of Directors at a meeting on Thursday. The appointment takes effect immediately.
Wiggins has been serving as interim Head of School since former Head of School Thomas G. Hood stepped down to become Head of School at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School in Tennessee.
At the direction of the Board of Directors, a search committee comprised of six current and former members of the board of directors, four of them having served as chairs of the board and all of them having graduated from MMI, managed the national search that resulted both in Wiggins’ appointment as interim Head of School, and his eventual appointment as permanent Head of School.
“We are very pleased to have Mr. Wiggins as our permanent Head of School. Mr. Wiggins is a highly accomplished educator with an extensive background in independent schools. In his time as interim Head of School he has embraced MMI’s long tradition of academic excellence and individualized attention to students. We believe that he is the right person to maintain and build on MMI’s high standards, and we were delighted when he came forward as a candidate for the position of permanent Head of School,” said MMI Board Chairman Stanley B. Warner III ’92, who also served on the search committee.
Following his appointment, Wiggins said, “When I accepted the Interim Head of School position, it was with a one or two year window in mind. But, in the time I have been here, I have fallen in love with the school and the MMI community, which powered my desire to be considered for the permanent position. I am humbled to have been chosen to continue to lead the MMI community into the future as the new permanent Head of School and I welcome the opportunity with open arms.”
Click the following links to read letters from Mr. Wiggins and Mr. Warner.
Stanley B. Warner III '92 Board of Directors Chairman letter
D. Scott Wiggins Head of School letter
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