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MMI’s Darren Zheng advances to FBLA State Leadership Conference following special, state-level qualifying competition

MMI Preparatory School sophomore Darren Zheng participated in a special, state-only project and earned the right to advance to the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Leadership Conference based on his work in the Computer Game and Simulation competitive event. 

Zheng, the son of De and Hongzhi Zheng of Jim Thorpe, was one of 15 finalists in the preliminary round who advanced to the final round of the competition. MMI Social Sciences instructor Katherine Zucco is the FBLA advisor. The PA FBLA State Leadership Conference will be held from April 8-10 in Hershey.

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MMI students receive Honorable Mentions in Scholastic Writing Awards competition

MMI Preparatory School senior Alexander Kline and junior Andrellie Puntiel received Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Writing Awards competition.

Kline, the son of Dr. Gerard and Cathy Kline of Mountaintop, won in the Critical Essay category for his piece entitled "The Four Frankensteins - Character Duplication and the Gothic Doppelganger in Frankenstein." Puntiel, the daughter of Jose and Yesenia Rivera of Hazleton and Pedro Puntiel of Monroe, NJ, captured the award in the Poetry category for her poem "The 21st Century." MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney served as the advisor for the competition.

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MMI Preparatory School holds sixth grade science fair

Michael Kranyak captured first place in MMI Preparatory School’s sixth grade science fair. Kranyak won for his project entitled “Are Permanent Markers Really Permanent?”

Danical Karlick was the runner-up for her project “Gel Polish vs. Traditional Polish” and Kendall Orozco finished third for her project “The Birthday Paradox.”  

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Heath Williams wins MMI’s National Geographic GeoBee competition

MMI Preparatory School seventh grade student Heath Williams won the school’s National Geographic GeoBee competition and eighth grader Jakob Narrow placed second.

Williams will now take an online qualifying test for entrance into the state competition. MMI Social Sciences instructor Grete Floryshak served as MMI’s GeoBee coordinator and the moderator for the competition. MMI faculty members Rev. Lawrence Barriger, Christine Lizbinski, and Laurie Mele were the scorekeepers.

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MMI junior Benjamin Putnam advances to Northeast Region Orchestra Festival

MMI Preparatory School junior Benjamin Putnam placed third out of 11 string bass musicians at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Orchestra Festival seating auditions and will advance to the Northeast Region Orchestra Festival in February. He prepared for the audition under the guidance of MMI music instructor Christine Lizbinski.

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MMI announces annual Spanish II Piñata contest winners

James Kelly captured first place in MMI Preparatory School’s annual Spanish II Piñata contest.

Kelly, the son of James and Chris Kelly of Mountaintop, won the contest for his rendition of Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi’s jersey. Gregory Leonard, the son of Gregory and Karen Leonard of Hazle Township, placed second for his Venezuelan Devil. Ryan McNelis, the son of Atty. Edward and Florence McNelis of Conyngham, was third for his Cuban missile piñata.

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MMI awarded $500 ExxonMobil grant to enhance its science and technology departments

MMI Preparatory School received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation that will be used toward the purchase an X-Carve machine for the school’s science department. Liberty Petroleum Distributors nominated the school for the grant.

The X-Carve is a multi-axis milling machine that can automatically carve very detailed pieces from a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, acrylic, and aluminum. Michael Mele, MMI Science Department chair, said many students will have an opportunity to use the device.

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Fifty MMI students advance to PA FBLA State Leadership Conference

Fifty of MMI Preparatory School’s 75 student competitors qualified for the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference during the recent Regional Leadership Conference competition.

The top five students in each test event advance to states and the top two students or teams in each performance event advance to the state competition, which will be held April 8-10 in Hershey. MMI Social Sciences instructor Katherine Zucco is the FBLA advisor and Flashback Cinema sponsors MMI’s FBLA chapter. 

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MMI to hold Visitation Night on January 16, Entrance and Scholarship Exam on January 26

MMI Preparatory School will host Visitation Night on Wednesday, January 16, starting at 6 p.m. and its Entrance and Scholarship Exam on Saturday, January 26 beginning at 9 a.m. on campus at 154 Centre Street in Freeland.

Visitation Night allows families to learn about the many advantages that an MMI education can provide their child from the sixth grade through high school. Students and parents have an opportunity to come to MMI and explore the campus.  

The event will begin with a presentation by the school’s administration. Families will learn about MMI’s proven record of success in preparing students for college and beyond. They will also get details about the school’s curriculum, financial aid, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Families will also have the opportunity to talk with current students, parents, faculty, and staff. 

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MMI senior Andrew Decker advances to Poetry Out Loud state championship

MMI Preparatory School senior Andrew Decker won the regional Poetry Out Loud competition at the WVIA-TV studios and will advance to the Pennsylvania state championships on March 4, 2019, in Harrisburg.

Decker, the son of Atty. Elizabeth and Troy Topolski of Sugarloaf and Aaron Decker of Kingston, won MMI’s school competition for the fourth consecutive year. He previously won the regional championship as a sophomore and finished in the top five in the state competition that year. Decker has placed in the top three at regionals each of the past four years, having finished second as a freshman and third as a junior.

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MMI’s new Harkness tables will help prepare students for college discussion-based learning courses

MMI Preparatory School recently purchased two Harkness tables to transform two classrooms into Collaborative Learning Labs to help prepare students for the discussion-based learning courses they will find in college. The purchase was made possible by a donation from Dr. Philip A. McHale ’58 and Ms. Linda Tishko.

The Harkness table-teaching concept was developed by philanthropist Edward Harkness in 1930 and first instituted at the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. Students sit around an oval table and their teacher instructs them in a tutorial or conference method, where each student is encouraged to speak up. Students are given discussion points and lead the instruction, while the teacher acts as a facilitator.

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MMI Chamber Ensemble performs at CAN DO Community Christmas

The MMI Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of music instructor Christina Lizbinski, performed at the 26th annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Dec. 5.

Ensemble members played several selections to open the 90-minute show. The free concert featured student musical and choral groups from schools throughout Greater Hazleton.

The concert will be rebroadcast on WYLN-TV 35 on the following dates and times: Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at 12 p.m., Dec. 17 at 11 a.m., Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.

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MMI Preparatory School students finish fourth in two categories in Bloomsburg University Math Contest

MMI Preparatory School’s team of Frederick Mejia, Alexander Sessock, Zachary Young, and Darren Zheng finished fourth in the Brain Teasers and Quiz Bowl categories in the annual Bloomsburg University Math Contest. Susan Moyer, MMI math instructor and department chair, was the adviser for the competition.

Approximately 200 students representing more than 20 schools competed in the annual event. The competition’s categories, which also include the Game of 24 card challenge, vary in difficulty and work off a foundation of geometry, trigonometry, algebra, logic, and statistics.

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MMI holds annual Founder’s Day ceremony

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. 

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MMI crowns 2018 Harvest Dance king and queen

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.

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MMI art instructor Lisa Marie Ferry gives presentation at Pennsylvania Art Education Association conference for third consecutive year

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.

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Families can learn more about MMI during Visitation Night on November 14

Families who are exploring middle school and upper school options for their children can learn more about the value of an MMI Preparatory School education during MMI’s fall Visitation Night on Wednesday, November 14.

Visitation Night, which begins at 6 p.m. on the school’s campus at 154 Centre Street in Freeland, gives students and parents an opportunity to explore the MMI campus and gain information about the advantages MMI offers to its students. The school’s educational philosophy focuses on developing well-rounded graduates with a strong liberal arts background, a mastery of 21st-century skills, and a strong sense of community.

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MMI senior Frederick Mejia named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar

MMI Preparatory School senior Frederick Mejia, the son of Carlos and Esperanza Mejia of West Hazleton, was named a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Mejia completed an application for the program last spring after being notified that he scored in the top 2.5 percent among regional Hispanic and Latino students on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

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MMI senior Zachary Young selected as Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Program

MMI Preparatory School senior Zachary Young, the son of Christian and Nicole Young of Freeland, was selected as a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Young is one of approximately 34,000 students nationwide who was recognized for placing among the top 50,000 scorers out of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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MMI students win regional awards as part of the worldwide Interdependence Hexagon Project XII art competition

Four groups of MMI students received regional awards in the 2018 Interdependence Hexagon Project XII, a worldwide art competition that is designed to help youth learn about interacting with other cultures.

The group of Olivia Bartholomew, Lucy Butkiewicz, Anna Cabell, and Mackenzie Igdalsky finished first in the Theme Recognition category for best capturing the 2018 project theme of Transforming Conflict. The team of Kaitlyn Overa, Morgan Strecker, Daniella Vasquez, and Grace Warner finished second in the same category. Paige Matchick, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Alexandra Tierney and Althea Stewart received the award for Most Effective All-Over Interpretation, and Lindsay Horvat, Anna Hoxha, David Castro, and Chance Eyerly captured the award for Most Relevant to Interdependence Theme or Themes.

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MMI inducts new Wall of Fame class during annual ceremony

MMI Preparatory School inducted a new class of members into its Wall of Fame during the 13th annual Wall of Fame Awards dinner, which was held Saturday as part of MMI’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Dr. Robert G. Kettrick ’60 and Dr. Alfred H. Stiller ’63 were both inducted for professional achievement, while the 1993 golf team was honored for athletic achievement. State Street Corporation served as the event sponsor.

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MMI alumnus Aaron Harman to be featured in WVIA Artist of the Week segments the week of July 1

Aaron Harman, a member of the MMI Class of 2018, was selected as a WVIA Artist of the Week and will be featured in segments for the program beginning the week of July 1 on WVIA-TV and wvia.org.

Harman, the son of Ronald and Yvonne Harman of Drums, was named a Performing Artist of the Week by WVIA and was recognized for the achievement during MMI’s Upper School Awards Convocation last month.

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MMI hosting annual summer camps in June and July for all area children

MMI Preparatory School will host its annual Summer Camps beginning June 25. The camps are open to all area school children and provide a fun-filled and educational experience.

The camps will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions from the week of June 25 to the week of July 23. Topics include Asian and Spanish Cook and Craft camps, Ooey Gooey Science Camp, Sports Camp, Lego Robotics Camp, Messy Art Camp, Magnetic Levitation Camp, Cake Decorating Camp, Dance Camp, Musical Theatre Camp, and Chemical Magic Camp.

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