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MMI teacher’s novel earns award

Jennifer Novotney, a teacher at MMI Preparatory School, has received an award for her recently published novel.

Her first novel, Winter in the Soul, won a bronze 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the young adult category. The contest judges the work of authors, illustrators and publishers of children’s books distributed in North America.

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Student named National American Miss Pennsylvania

Jacqueline SnyderJacqueline Snyder, a student at MMI, earned the title of the 2014 National American Miss Pennsylvania at the state pageant held August 10.

She will attend the national pageant in Anaheim, California, at Disneyland during the week of Thanksgiving as Pennsylvania’s representative. During the pageant, she will have the opportunity to win her share of more than half a million dollars in cash and prizes.

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Congressman Barletta speaks to MMI students

Congressman Lou Barletta speaks to students at MMI.Congressman Lou Barletta visited MMI on Thursday morning, speaking to an assembly of eighth- to 12th-grade students. He discussed a variety of topics, including his plan to run government like a business to save money. Students were able to submit questions that the congressman answered, sharing his views and information on immigration, law enforcement, unemployment, the economy, local development projects and more.

“The students at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland are quite impressive. After I spoke to them briefly, they were full of insightful and challenging questions. If these young people are any indication, the future of Pennsylvania is in good hands!” Barletta said.

MMI awards inaugural Feussner scholarship

A new scholarship has been established at MMI Preparatory School with the first recipient selected this year.

Front row, from left: Kimberly Kirschner, mother; Haylee Kirschner, this year’s recipient; and Dieter Kirschner, father. Back row: MMI Director of Advancement Kim McNulty; Patricia Morse, Roy Feussner and Ronald Feussner ’70, members of the family that established the scholarship; and MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood. The Roy and Dorothy Feussner Endowed Scholarship was established in 2014 by Dr. John R. Feussner ’64, Mrs. Patricia A. Morse, Mr. Gregory G. Feussner and Mr. Ronald A. Feussner ’70 in honor of their parents. The Feussners are the proprietors of Feussner Ford in Freeland.

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MMI honors Wall of Fame inductees

MMI Preparatory School honored the new members of its Wall of Fame during the ninth annual Wall of Fame dinner and ceremony held on September 20.

Established in 2006, the MMI Wall of Fame honors alumni in addition to current and past faculty, staff and board members who have distinguished themselves in the areas of athletics, business, sciences, education, government, public service, the arts or humanities. Wall of Fame inductees are selected in the following categories: Athletic Achievement, Community Service, Service to MMI and Professional Achievement.

Members of the Wall of Fame Class of 2014 are Shawn P. Gallagher ’84, inducted in the category of Athletic Achievement; the late Dr. David S. Wagner, inducted in the category of Service to MMI; Dr. George Feussner ’62, inducted in the category of Professional Achievement; Dr. William Koenig ’78, inducted in the category of Professional Achievement; and Dr. Robert J. Lutz ’63, inducted in the category of Professional Achievement. Robert Della Croce ’82, inducted in the category of Athletic Achievement, and Dr. James Feussner ’65, inducted in the category of Professional Achievement, are members of the Class of 2013 and were inducted with this year’s class.

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Instructor’s song to be featured on TV show tonight

An instructor at MMI Preparatory School will have his original song used in a television show tonight.

Daniel DeMelfi’s “I Stand For You,” performed by Venessa Vicoso, will be featured in Thursday evening’s episode of Warrior Summit Outdoor. The show features returning soldiers engaging in outdoor activities to alleviate any PTSD symptoms. It airs locally at 9:00 P.M. on WYLN-TV 35, which is seen on Service Electric Cable Channel 7.

DeMelfi is a music instructor and choir and Glee Club director at MMI. He is certified by the American College of Musicians.

MMI healthy option cooking featured on WBRE

wbreatmmiMMI’s new healthy school lunch program is gaining attention with the start of school just around the corner as WBRE TV broadcast live from the school kitchen Monday morning, August 18, with segments in four early newscasts.

WBRE reporter Jasmine Brooks interviewed students, teachers, and administrators about the school’s new menu that will feature healthier choices and dishes that are cooked up fresh by the school's new chef using scratch ingredients.

The daily selection will include one robust entrée and side vegetable, a beautiful and fresh salad bar, sandwich bar, soup du jour, and various side items.

To watch the WBRE segment, click here.

MMI students receive athletic awards

MMI Preparatory School presented athletic awards to students during the school’s Awards Convocation held recently.

The awards were presented by MMI Athletic Director Jason Tribbet, Assistant Head of School Charles Seidel and team coaches. Teams recognized Most Improved Players, Most Valuable Players and Coaches’ Award Recipients.

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MMI Holds 122nd Commencement

MMI Preparatory School in Freeland, conducted its 122nd Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 22, as seniors were awarded diplomas by Brian G. Lucas ’84, chairman of MMI’s Board of Directors.

This year’s graduating class of 35 seniors amassed more than $6.6 million in merit scholarships and awards. The 2014 graduating class also attained an average SAT score of 1787, several hundred points above state and national averages. The Class of 2014’s average ACT score is 26.

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