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MMI students welcome guest chef to learn about culinary trends

The guest chef program at MMI Preparatory School strives to give students the opportunity to try new things. On Monday, MMI students had the chance to experience the flavors of Southern California. The program began last school year and is part of a three-year plan undertaken by MMI to provide preferable food to the student body and staff in a more sustainable manner.

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MMI crowns 2015 Harvest Dance royalty

MMI Preparatory School crowned Andrew Alday and Alyssa Famalette, both pictured first row center, its 2015 Harvest King and Queen during MMI’s annual Harvest Dance on November 7. Allison Warner-Senape, first row far left, Shaelyn Heft, first row far right, and Devon Faul, second row far left, were the runners up. Also pictured are Parent Faculty Organization representative Natalie Kost and MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood.

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Lisa M. Ferry receives Women’s Empowerment Grant

MMI Preparatory School art and anthropology instructor Lisa M. Ferry was one of only eight women who received the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Empowerment Grant during the Chamber’s 2015 Business and Community Awards ceremony.

Ferry was also awarded a certificate of special congressional recognition from Congressman Lou Barletta in honor of her achievement.

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MMI inducts students into science, math honor societies

MMI Preparatory School held an induction ceremony recently for 21 new members of the Science National Honor Society and 16 new members of the Mathematics National Honor Society.

During the ceremony, Assistant Head of School Charles Seidel welcomed guests and faculty member Michael Mele introduced the officers of the two honor societies. Jay Solgama, president of MMI’s chapters of the Science National Honor Society and Mathematics National Honor Society, gave a speech. MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood gave closing remarks and Luke Yamulla provided piano accompaniment.

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MMI inducts students into National Honor Society

MMI Preparatory School recently inducted 38 new members of the Andrew J. Stofan Chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony at the school.

MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood welcomed guests, adviser and faculty member Donna Titus gave opening remarks and Assistant Head of School Charles Seidel introduced the speaker.

MMI Board of Directors Vice Chairman John H. Hersker ’76 served as speaker for the induction ceremony. He is the former president and CEO of Movie Tavern, Inc., was executive vice president of distribution for Paramount Pictures and served as chief operating officer of Copper Beech Capital.

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MMI releases first quarter honor roll

MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the Fall 2015 quarter.

The Honor Roll recognizes sound academic performance each quarter. To earn a place on the Honor Roll, a student must have a cumulative average in all core subjects of 85.0, have attained an average of 70.0 or better in each course, have no “incompletes” at the end of the nine-week grading period, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

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MMI students honored in National Merit Scholarship Program

Three MMI seniors were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2015.

Andrew Alday, Sarah Moyer, and Jay Solgama received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Alday is the son of Dr. Senen Alday and Dr. Milagros Azcueta-Alday, Mountaintop; Moyer is the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer, Bowmanstown; and Solgama is the son of Dr. Paresh and Arti Solgama, Mountaintop.

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MMI instructor Jennifer Novotney featured author and presenter at annual teachers conference in Harrisburg

MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney was one of seven featured authors at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English Language Arts annual conference in Harrisburg.

The authors were featured at an Author's Breakfast where Novotney read from her young adult book Winter in the Soul and talked about her inspiration for writing the book. She also participated in a book signing for two of her novels, Winter in the Soul and Infinite Spring.

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MMI students take a stand against bullying on Unity Day

Students in MMI’s Sunshine Club recognized national Unity Day on October 21 by creating a pledge poster for students, faculty, and staff to sign indicating their stand against bullying.

Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention month, which is sponsored by PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

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MMI to hold Visitation Night November 16

MMI Preparatory School will hold fall Visitation Night on Monday, November 16, starting at 6:00 P.M. where families can learn more about an MMI education and the advantages the school offers for their children.

Families will learn about the small class sizes and individual attention at MMI. They will also get details about the school’s curriculum, which includes Advanced Placement classes, financial aid, athletics and extracurricular activities. Light refreshments will be offered. Families will also have the opportunity to tour the 25-acre campus.

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MMI students nominated for WVIA Artist of the Year

Two MMI Preparatory School seniors will be featured on WVIA-TV Artist of the Week segments and are among the finalists for the WVIA Artist of the Year award.

Allison Warner-Senape and Charles Bower visited the WVIA studios in Pittston to record a one-minute Artist of the Week piece that will appear on WVIA-TV from November 8-14 and online at www.wvia.org for a year.

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Two MMI students among just seven Americans chosen for cultural leadership program in China

Two students from MMI Preparatory School were among only seven students from across the United States who were selected to take part in a cultural leadership program in China this summer.

Senior Terrance Jankouskas and 2015 graduate Rachel Stanziola, who were taught Chinese at MMI by World Language instructor Christina Spencer, visited China from July 27 to August 7 and participated in the ninth annual Ameson Chinese Elite Program (ACE), sponsored by the Ameson Education & Cultural Exchange Foundation. ACE is an annual event that brings together the brightest young minds from top secondary schools from the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Russia for a week of cultural exchange, leadership development and lectures from high-level professionals in government and education.

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MMI students celebrating German Week

MMI German language students are celebrating German Week from now through October 8.

German Week celebrates the contributions of German Americans to the United States in the arts, sciences, business, academia and government. October 3rd marks the 25 thanniversary of the Day of German Unity, the official German national holiday that commemorates the unification of Germany. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 German American Day to honor the date in 1683 when the first German settlers immigrated to the United States.

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PFO holds first meeting of 2015-2016 school year

Lori Losen, LPC, RPT gave a presentation on the topic of helping children manage anxiety during the first PFO meeting of the 2015-16 school year on September 22 in the cafeteria.

PFO co-presidents Peggy Durako and Eileen Perchak presided over the meeting, which included remarks from Head of School Thomas Hood and the committee chairs and treasurer.

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New 3D printer helps MMI Preparatory School students experience the future of technology

MMI Preparatory School students are utilizing three-dimensional printing technology as part of their curriculum with new equipment purchased through a donation from the family of two MMI students.

David and Maureen Eschenbach of Drums have a daughter, Katie, and son, Ryan, who are juniors at MMI and through their donation, the school purchased a 3D printer that is being used in several courses and grade levels.

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MMI welcomes new group of seven into Wall of Fame

MMI Preparatory School held its 10th annual Wall of Fame dinner on Saturday, September 19, welcoming seven new members to its Wall of Fame.

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.

During this year’s dinner and awards ceremony, the following inductees joined the Wall of Fame: Ryan J. Breznak ’88 (Athletic Achievement), James M. Makuch ’60 (Community Service), Atty. Albert F. Maier Jr. (Service to MMI), David G. Gundling ’68 (Professional Achievement), Atty. Tara E. Gutterman ’84 (Professional Achievement), Roy W. Johnson ’63 (Professional Achievement), and Rosalyn V. (Menon) Kennedy ’97 (Professional Achievement).

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MMI is testing center for SAT and ACT exams

Students taking the SAT and ACT examinations in preparation for college applications may do so at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland, announced MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood. The school is a certified testing center for both examinations this year.

Students from any area school can register to take the exams at MMI.

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United Way of Wyoming Valley contributes to MMI through EITC program

MMI Preparatory School recently received a $28,050 contribution from the United Way of Wyoming Valley, presented by Nina C. Dei Tos ‘01 MPA, Vice President of Resource Development. These funds will be used for scholarship support for MMI students who reside in the Wyoming Valley and meet the criteria for an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Scholarship.

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MMI hires five new coaches for 2015-2016 school year

MMI Preparatory School recently hired five new head coaches who are beginning their tenures during the 2015-2016 school year.

Tom Brown heads the MMI golf team, Michael Portonova D.C. coaches boys’ tennis, and Sean McLaughlin manages the baseball team. R.J. Gilgore is MMI’s new girls’ basketball coach and Katie Pavlick will helm the girls’ tennis team.

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Four MMI juniors selected for Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre

Four MMI Preparatory School juniors were recently selected to participate in Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre for the 2015-2016 school year.

Ali Aijaz, Jai-Jacob Hoover, Jessica Smith, and Jonathan Smith will all participate in the program that gives students the opportunity to use their leadership skills in the community.

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MMI orientation set for August 24; school starts August 25

The new school year is about to begin at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland.

Orientation will be held August 24 from 8:15 A.M.-1:00 P.M. A continental breakfast will be served to parents and students with lunch being provided to students before wrapping up the day. The orientation will help new students get acclimated to the school, fellow students, teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators, and school staff. Student ambassadors will be on hand to help new students with their transition to MMI.

The first full day of school for all students is August 25. Bus transportation and lunches will be available beginning that day.

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MMI student earns award at FBLA Nationals

Emily Seratch, a 2015 MMI Preparatory School graduate, placed sixth in the competitive event of Client Service at the 2015 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Seratch, the daughter of Frank and Sarah Seratch of Hazleton, earned national recognition among thousands of other high school students. A total of 11,000 students gathered from all over the country to compete for national accolades. Among those competitors were 400 students from Pennsylvania, including five representatives from MMI.

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Second Semester President's List released

Thomas G. Hood, head of school at MMI Preparatory School, has announced the names of students who have been named to the President’s List during the second semester.

The President’s List recognizes sound academic performance each semester. To be included on the list a student must have a cumulative average in all subjects of 85.0, have attained an average of 70.0 or better in each course, have no “incompletes” at the end of each nine-week grading period, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses, and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

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Fourth Quarter Honor Roll announced

Thomas G. Hood, head of school at MMI Preparatory School, has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the fourth quarter.

The Honor Roll recognizes sound academic performance each quarter. To earn a place on the Honor Roll, a student must have a cumulative average in all core subjects of 85.0, have attained an average of 70.0 or better in each course, have no “incompletes” at the end of the nine-week grading period, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

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MMI students receive Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Awards at State Competition

Three MMI Preparatory School students participating in the State Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Competition were awarded Pennsylvania Science Talent Search (PSTS) awards following their performance at the regional meeting.

Sarah Moyer, Jay Solgama, and Mikayla Dove will each receive three letters of recommendation from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science to use in their college applications.

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Jay Solgama wins Wilkes University scholarship in LCCTM math contest

MMI junior Jay Solgama won first place in the individual competition and joined classmates Brendan Drusda and Sarah Moyer to capture the top prize in the team event at the 67th annual Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics (LCCTM) Contest, which was held recently at Wilkes University.

Solgama, the son of Paresh and Arti Solgama of Mountaintop, won a full scholarship to Wilkes University that may be used for any degree or program. Moyer is the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer, Bowmanstown, and Drusda is the son of Jeffrey and Linda Drusda, Drums.

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MMI students among top five in region on National Spanish Exam

Three MMI Preparatory School students finished among the top five in their respective levels during regional competition for the National Spanish Examination.

Senior Claire Sheen was second in Spanish 4, sophomore Daniel Tron placed fourth in the Spanish 2 bilingual category, and freshman Angel Alday finished fourth in Spanish 1 among students from all Spanish classrooms in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Joleen Beltrami '82 to speak at MMI commencement

MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood announced that Dr. Joleen Beltrami has accepted his invitation to deliver the Founder’s Day Address during MMI’s 123rd commencement ceremonies, which will be held on Thursday, May 21 at the school.

Beltrami, a 1982 MMI graduate, joined the faculty of the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas in 2009 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. She was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2014.

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MMI posts highest aquatics score at Luzerne County Envirothon

MMI’s team of Jay Solgama, Joshua Kalada-Kania, William Bower, Samuel Sessock, and Sarah Moyer received the highest score in the Aquatics component and were third overall out of 34 teams at the 2015 Luzerne County Envirothon.

Aquatics deals with species identification, water quality, ecosystems and ecology, watershed management, and invasive organisms.

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MMI students place second in Cedar Crest Biology Olympics

MMI Preparatory School sophomore Anirban Chowdhury and junior William Bower both placed second in the Cedar Crest Biology Olympics.

Chowdhury, the son of Bhaskar and Saumitri Chowdhury of Hazle Township, was second in Ecology. Bower, the son of Dr. Kathy Young of Sugarloaf and Philip Bower of Emmitsburg, Maryland, was the runner-up in Cell Biology.

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