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Students at MMI Preparatory School honored their school’s founder, Eckley Brinton Coxe, and his wife, Sophia Georgianna Coxe, during an assembly at the school and graveside service on Tuesday, giving thanks for the Coxes’ contributions to the school and the area.
An all-school assembly was held in the MMI cafeteria, where senior class officers presented information about MMI's history. At the conclusion of the assembly, the senior class traveled to the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church in Drifton, where they held a wreath-laying ceremony at the gravesites of Mr. and Mrs. Coxe, more than 120 years after Eckley Coxe’s death.
The school also welcomed back young alumni from the last four graduating years to visit with faculty, staff and students in the Joseph A. Turri ’45 Library and Learning Center.
MMI Preparatory School has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.
Tessa Peluso and Justin Weiksner, pictured at center in the first row, were crowned queen and king at the 2018 MMI Preparatory School Harvest Dance. Also pictured are, first row, from left: Kaitlyn McGeehan and Summer Evancho. Second row: Coleman Smith; Valerie Rudawski ’89, Parents Association Representative; D. Scott Wiggins, Head of School, and Tyler Degenhart.
MMI art instructor Lisa Marie Ferry gave a presentation for the third consecutive year at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) conference, which was held in October in Harrisburg.
Ferry’s presentation was entitled “Holy Lesson Plan Batman! Adaptables to Encourage Student Success.” During the presentation, she shared several lesson plans that can be adapted to all grade levels which encourage a student's voice, opinion, and critical thinking. The plans also examined how to incorporate techniques for relaxation that are not only fun for the students, but also the teacher.
MMI Preparatory School senior Andrew Decker, the son of Atty. Elizabeth and Troy Topolski, Sugarloaf and Aaron Decker, Kingston, won the school Poetry Out Loud competition and will represent MMI for the fourth consecutive year at the regional competition on December 12 at the WVIA studios in Pittston.
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By T.R. LaputkaDirector of Technology
Over spring break, sixteen MMI students, four parents and three faculty members traveled to the British Isles for an incredible educational tour. Coordinated by Education First Tours, the trip took them through Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Edinburgh, London, and many other locales. For most of the students this had been the first time they had traveled to Europe. T.R. Laputka, MMI technology director; Michael Mele, Science Department Chair and Science instructor; Christina Spencer, Chinese Language teacher; and Jaime of Education First Tours led the private group.
By Sydney KarpowichMMI Senior
The Pennsylvania School of Global Entrepreneurship (PSGE) has ignited my entrepreneurial spirit and helped me expand on business ventures I am involved in, as well as sparked creativity to develop other business ideas. I have been working on an idea to develop a free women’s self-defense organization to combat rising abuse rates against local women. Additionally, I am currently working with a team of four girls on an iDeX pitch, featuring an app that allows users to more effectively medically diagnose themselves at home.
For my company project at PSGE, I was on a team with six other students to work for Soltech Solutions. The company produces grow lights that not only allow plants to flourish indoors, but also increases the ambiance of one's space. Our job was to create a new marketing campaign for the company and increase sales to other businesses.
Eleven MMI students, three parents and two faculty members traveled to Italy during spring break 2017 for an educational tour. Arranged by EF Education Tours, the tour took them through Milan, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and many other towns. For most of the students this had been the first time they had traveled to Europe. T.R. Laputka, MMI technology director, and Michael Mele, Science Department Chair and Science instructor, led the private group.
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