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MMI honors 2019 Harvest Dance king and queen

Harrison Kress and Andrellie Puntiel, pictured at center in the first row, were crowned king and queen at the 2019 MMI Preparatory School Harvest Dance. Also pictured are, first row, from left: Katharine Pinto and Macy Zenier. Second row: Benjamin Putnam; Lesley McDermott, Parents Association Representative; Lisa Marie Ferry, Dean of Students; and Brandon Crockford.

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Parents and students can explore all the benefits of an MMI education at Visitation Night on November 13

Parents who are looking for smaller class sizes, personal attention, and co-curricular and extra-curricular options in athletics, the arts, and academics, as well as a well-rounded, college preparatory liberal arts education, for their students in grades 6 through 12 can explore all the benefits MMI Preparatory School offers during Visitation Night on Wednesday, November 13. The event begins at 6 p.m. on MMI’s campus at 154 Centre Street in Freeland.

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MMI students complete community service projects on third annual Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service

MMI Preparatory School students completed community service projects throughout Greater Hazleton to commemorate the third annual Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service.

The Athena S. Ford ’01 Endowed Fund for Community Service was established in 2017 by members of the MMI Class of 2001 to honor their classmate, who passed away on October 23, 2016. This fund is restricted by MMI to be used solely for expenses needed to establish and perpetuate The Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service.  

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Eleven MMI students selected to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

Eleven MMI Preparatory School students received a scholarship to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), which will be held later this summer on the campuses of Lycoming College or Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a weeklong economic education program that offers students an inside look at the private enterprise system and the way the free market functions.   

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MMI Preparatory School wins regional Envirothon competition and teams featuring 45 students place in top 26

Forty-five MMI Preparatory School students placed in the top 26 during the regional Envirothon competition, including the team of Alexander Sessock, Kaitlyn McGeehan, Kai Mele, Dominique Kline, and Benjamin Putnam, who captured first place in the event. The winning team will represent MMI and Luzerne County at the Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition on May 21-22 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus.

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Andrew Straw ’75 will deliver speech at MMI Preparatory School’s 2019 commencement ceremony

Andrew Krzywicki Straw ’75, the global portfolio manager for fiber optic connectivity product development for Corning Incorporated and a retired Army Reserve Colonel, will serve as the commencement speaker at MMI’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony on May 23.

In his role at Corning, Straw manages a portfolio of more than 50 development projects for fiber-to-the-home, data center, and distributed antenna system products. He has worked in the fiber optic communications industry for more than 30 years in a variety of engineering and management roles, including applications and field engineering, manufacturing, and research and development.

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Justin S. Kleinheider chosen as new Head of School at MMI Preparatory School

The MMI Preparatory School Board of Directors announced today that Justin S. Kleinheider has been appointed as MMI’s new Head of School beginning on July 1.

Kleinheider is a New Jersey native with nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in independent schools. He comes to MMI from Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri, where he oversees the liberal arts, college preparatory curricular program in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. In addition to curricular oversight, Kleinheider works directly with faculty on professional development and is an active participant in daily student life. He led the school’s accreditation process and self-study for ISACS (Independent School Association of Central States) and served on accreditation visiting teams for several independent schools, most recently co-chairing a visiting team.

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MMI students perform community service projects in honor of alumna on Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service

MMI Preparatory School students completed community service projects at nine locations throughout Greater Hazleton to honor a late MMI alumna as part of the annual Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service.

Athena Ford was a 2001 MMI graduate who passed away on October 23, 2016, as a result of complications sustained in an automobile collision where she was a seat-belted passenger and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The Athena S. Ford ’01 Endowed Fund for Community Service was established in 2017 by members of the MMI Class of 2001 as a way to honor Ford. This fund is restricted by MMI to be used solely for expenses needed to establish and perpetuate The Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service. Each year, on a designated day of service, all MMI students will volunteer in the community to accomplish service projects by grade level in Athena’s memory. 

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MMI students participate in German Day at Penn State University

Thirteen MMI Preparatory School students in the German Language program participated in German Day at Penn State University’s Main Campus. 

Senior Daniel DeMelfi placed first in Level 3 Spelling. The Trivia Team of Anna Hoxha, Paige Matchick, Natalie Graham, Morgan Hosier, Louis DeAngelo, Reiley DeStefano, Daniel DeMelfi, Elias Bachman, Peter Walko, Dustin Paul, Allain Benetiz, Joshua Galbiati, and Althea Stewart tied for first place.  

Sophomore Louis DeAngelo was second in Level 2 Spelling and freshman Allain Benitez finished 3rd in Level 1 Poetry.

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Five MMI students complete community service projects as part of Junior Leadership Hazleton

Five MMI Preparatory School students completed several community service projects across Greater Hazleton as members of the 2018-19 Junior Leadership Hazleton class.

Juniors Carter Frask, Catherine Havrilla, Madyson Hornack, Josiah Pacchioli, and Benjamin Putnam joined other students from schools throughout Greater Hazleton to carry out the projects. The class members are assigned a team who then prepares a project. The project teaches students about delegation of power, how to work together to achieve a goal, and ways they can bring some joy to parts of the community.

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MMI students sweep awards categories in 24th annual Israel T. & Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust Essay Contest

Four MMI Preparatory School students received awards in the 24th annual Israel T. & Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust Essay Contest, marking the first time in the history of the contest that one school won all four awards in the Middle School and High School categories.

Eighth grader Jakob Narrow placed first in the Middle School division and junior Adam Tron won the High School division. Eighth grader Lauren Urosevich was second in the Middle School category and senior Wesley Guarneri was second in the High School category.

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Motivational speakers group Be a Hero, LLC, brings a message of Sweethearts and Heroes to MMI

Motivational speakers group Be a Hero, LLC, returned to MMI and gave two presentations to the students about the impact bullying has on our schools, neighborhoods, and individuals.

Lisa Marie Ferry, MMI Dean of Students and art instructor, played an integral role in bringing the program back to MMI. The organization’s unique perspective, action plan for every member of the bullying cycle, and unmatched ignition to make change puts Sweethearts and Heroes at the top of the list when it comes to changing schools’ climates.

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Forty-one MMI students inducted into the Andrew J. Stofan Chapter of the National Honor Society

Forty-one MMI Preparatory School students were inducted into the Andrew J. Stofan Chapter of the National Honor Society during MMI’s Honor Societies induction ceremony at the school.

MMI English instructor and National Honor Society advisor Donna Titus presided over the induction ceremony. National Honor Society officers are: Alexander Sessock, president; Keefer Hoover, vice president; Elise Hreha, secretary; Zachary Young, treasurer, and David Antolick, Historian.

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MMI Prepper Playhouse will present “The New Mel Brooks Musical, Young Frankenstein” April 5 and 6

MMI Prepper Playhouse will present “The New Mel Brooks Musical, Young Frankenstein” on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the MMI Athletic and Drama Complex.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $12 for reserved seating. To reserve seats, please call the office (570) 636-1108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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MMI seniors place first in Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics contest at Wilkes University

MMI senior Frederick Mejia placed first in the individual competition and joined classmates Brian Payne, Zachary Young, Alexander Sessock, Daniel DeMelfi, Wesley Guarneri, Alexander Kline and Coleman Smith to capture the top prize in the team event at the 71st annual Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics (LCCTM) contest, which was held recently at Wilkes University.

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Wister Quartet chamber ensemble returns to MMI on April 1 for annual concert

The Wister Quartet, a nationally renowned and Grammy-nominated chamber ensemble, will perform at MMI Preparatory School for the 16th consecutive year on Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m..

The concert is sponsored by Dr. James W. Feussner ’65 in memory of Elizabeth Feussner and The Sowers & Turri Music and Arts Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

The performance is free and open to the public and will be held in the Athletics and Drama Complex on the MMI campus at 154 Centre St., Freeland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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MMI will hold annual Open House on Sunday

MMI Preparatory School, located at 154 Centre Street in Freeland, will hold its annual Open House event this Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The annual event, which is free and open to the public, gives MMI students the opportunity to showcase their academic and culinary arts projects. State Street Corporation is the event sponsor for the second year. 

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  1. Justin Vincent and Lisa Marie Ferry named to Dean positions
  2. MMI implements “Safe2Say Something” school safety program
  3. MMI senior Nicholas Carrato awarded scholarship from Air and Expedited Motor Carriers Association
  4. MMI announces 2018-2019 first semester Head of School list
  5. MMI announces 2018-2019 second quarter Honor Roll
  6. MMI sophomore Katherine Lewandowski places second in state-level Voice of Democracy competition
  7. MMI’s Angst Literary Magazine receives Superior ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English
  8. MMI’s Darren Zheng advances to FBLA State Leadership Conference following special, state-level qualifying competition
  9. MMI students receive Honorable Mentions in Scholastic Writing Awards competition
  10. MMI Preparatory School holds sixth grade science fair
  11. MMI receives $1,000 Education Improvement Tax Credit contribution from FNCB Bank
  12. Heath Williams wins MMI’s National Geographic GeoBee competition
  13. MMI junior Benjamin Putnam advances to Northeast Region Orchestra Festival
  14. MMI announces annual Spanish II Piñata contest winners
  15. Alyssa Sweda and Katherine Lewandowski named MMI’s “Best of the Best” for the first semester
  16. MMI awarded $500 ExxonMobil grant to enhance its science and technology departments
  17. Fifty MMI students advance to PA FBLA State Leadership Conference
  18. MMI Interact Club collects relief items for California wildlife victims
  19. MMI sophomore captures first place in district VFW Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship Competition
  20. MMI to hold Visitation Night on January 16, Entrance and Scholarship Exam on January 26
 

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