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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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MMI holds 126th commencement ceremony

MMI Preparatory School in Freeland conducted its 126th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 24, as seniors were awarded diplomas by John H. Hersker ’76, chairman of MMI’s Board of Directors.

This year’s graduating class of 38 seniors amassed more than $8.1 million in merit scholarships and awards. The 2018 graduating class also attained an average score of 1225 on the Redesigned SAT. The Class of 2018’s average ACT score is 25.

Members of the Class of 2018 were accepted at over 73% of the colleges they applied to and will attend 27 different colleges and universities this fall. 

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MMI captures six of top 10 positions at regional Envirothon competiton, winning team advances to state championships

MMI Preparatory School swept the top five positions and had an additional team finish seventh during the regional Envirothon competition. The winning team of Lauren Babinetz, Alexander Sessock, Kaitlyn McGeehan, Grant Warren, and Dominique Kline scored a total of 407 points during the event and will advance to the state championships on May 22-23 at Susquehanna University and Camp Mount Luther, where they will represent MMI and Luzerne County.

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MMI honors students’ academic achievements at annual Upper School Awards Convocation

MMI Preparatory School held its annual Upper School Awards Convocation on May 16 to honor students in ninth through 12th grades.

MMI Head of School, D. Scott Wiggins, welcomed everyone in attendance and recognized Class of 2018 Valedictorian Gabriella Kupsho and Salutatorian Aaron Harman. Stephanie Shandra Swietnicki, MMI college admissions counselor, served as emcee for the program, where more than $600,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded to students.

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Mallory Brown ’02, Principal at Egon Zehnder in Germany, to serve as guest speaker at MMI commencement ceremony

Mallory Brown '02 will give the Founder’s Day Address at MMI’s commencement ceremony on May 24.

After graduating from MMI, Brown attended the University of Notre Dame and majored in Political Science with a minor in German. She landed a position at Egon Zehnder, a global management consulting and executive search firm, immediately upon graduating from Notre Dame in 2006. The firm has 69 offices globally and works with companies in a variety of industries and sectors.

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MMI holds National Junior and National Latin honor society inductions

MMI Preparatory School inducted 32 students into the National Junior Honor Society and 26 into the National Latin Honor Society during an induction ceremony at the school.

During the ceremony, MMI Head of School D. Scott Wiggins welcomed the audience and the Very Reverend Lawrence Barriger, the advisor for both honor societies, gave the criteria of members, presided over the induction ceremony, and introduced the guest speaker. MMI eighth graders Benjamin Zhao and William Smith provided the processional and recessional music, respectively, for the ceremony.

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MMI students win Art Youth Expo awards

MMI Preparatory School students Julia Snyder, Sydney Karpowich, and Anna Haber each won awards in the 2018 Art Youth Expo. The annual two-day art exposition was held April 6-7 in downtown Hazleton. The students submitted their art selections under the guidance of MMI art instructor Lisa Marie Ferry.

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MMI Prepper Playhouse to present Wizard of Oz April 20-21

The MMI Prepper Playhouse will present The Wizard of Oz on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the MMI Athletic and Drama Complex. General admission ticket prices for all performances are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Reserved seating is available for $12 per ticket. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the school at 570-636-1108 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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MMI student places second in Wilkes/LCCTM contest

MMI Preparatory School junior Frederick Mejia, left, placed second in the Junior Division in the Wilkes University/Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics (LCCTM) content. Mejia competed against approximately 80 other students in the division. Pictured at right is Susan Moyer, MMI mathematics instructor and contest advisor.

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