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MMI students capture first place in annual Holocaust essay contest

MMI Preparatory School students Allison McGeehan and Abigail Walters captured first place in their respective divisions in the 21st annual Israel T. and Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust Essay Contest, which is sponsored jointly by the Hazleton Jewish Community Council and the Greater Hazleton Ministerial Association.

Allison McGeehan, a junior and the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan of Drums, was first in the high school division. Abigail Walters, an eighth grade student and the daughter of Teisha and Christopher Hardy of White Haven, finished first in the middle school division. Both students will read their winning entries and receive their awards prizes at the Hazleton Holocaust Community Service on May 4 at Beth Israel Temple in Hazleton. MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney was the faculty adviser for the competition.

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MMI athletes announce college selections

MMI Preparatory School seniors Desiree Dinko and Edward Herbener recently announced they will continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level in the fall of 2016.

Desiree Dinko will continue her academic and athletic careers at Immaculata University, where she will be a pitcher on the softball team.

Edward Herbener will continue his academic and athletic careers at Bloomsburg University, where he will be a pitcher on the baseball team.

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Ten students place in the top three among MMI participants on mathematics exam

Ten MMI Preparatory School students placed in the top three within the school’s competition on the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition 8 (AMC 8). The annual AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

In the eighth grade competition, Grant Warren placed first, Philip Byriel and Marcus Kassick were second and Kai Mele, Adam Tron and Abigail Walters finished third. In the seventh grade competition, MMI’s overall school winner Charles Dick placed first, Hannah Falatko and Kevin McNulty were second and Hunter Blasko came in third.

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MMI holds language honor society inductions

MMI Preparatory School recently held a student induction ceremony for the Spanish, Chinese and German national honor societies.

Head of School Thomas G. Hood welcomed those in attendance to open the ceremony and MMI Spanish instructor Dennis Clarke served as guest speaker. Clarke, who has been teaching at MMI since 1979, is the founder of the school’s Pablo Picasso Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society and began MMI’s annual piñata contest.

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MMI to hold Open House on Sunday, April 17

MMI Preparatory School will host its annual Open House on Sunday, April 17 from 2:00-4:30 P.M. The public is invited to attend the event where students will showcase their projects.

Each year, MMI students are challenged with preparing special research projects, which are displayed at Open House. Students in grades six through 12 will display, explain, and demonstrate their projects in classrooms and locations throughout the school.

Visitors will be able to observe a variety of student projects in the areas of literature, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, food projects prepared primarily by world language students will be featured. The food, which will be available for sampling, will be served in an atmosphere authentic to the nation of the food’s origin.

Non-food projects are open to the public from 2:00-4:00 P.M., and culinary projects are open to the public from 2:30-4:30 P.M.

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Jessica Smith to participate in PA School for Global Entrepreneurship

MMI Preparatory School announced that junior Jessica Smith, the daughter of Jonathan Smith and Beatrice Russo-Smith of White Haven, will also participate in the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship this July at Lehigh University.

Jessica Smith and classmates Katherine Eschenbach and Keenan Overa will be among 76 students from around the world who will participate in the four-week learning experience.

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MMI releases third 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 third quarter of the 2015-2016 school year.

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, have attained an average of 70 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 perform orchestra pieces they helped compose with renowned Wister Quartet

MMI Preparatory School chamber ensemble students performed three songs they helped compose with the nationally renowned Wister Quartet during the Grammy-nominated ensemble’s visit to the school last month.

This is the 13th consecutive year that the Wister Quartet has performed at MMI. The performance was made possible through the support of Dr. James W. Feussner ’65 in memory of Elizabeth Feussner.

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MMI announces summer camps open to area children

MMI Preparatory School is offering all area school children an opportunity to make their summer vacation enjoyable and educational at the same time through its annual MMI Summer Camps in June, July and August.

A variety of camps will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions across a five-week period. Topics include maker camp, robotics; the science, art, and literature behind Harry Potter; Egyptian archaeology; computer work with Minecraft; film making with Legos; hovercraft design; forensics and crime scene investigation; Asian art; and bookmaking.

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Brendan Drusda receives Wilkes University scholarship at mathematics competition

MMI Preparatory School senior Brendan Drusda captured first place in the senior division and was awarded a full scholarship to Wilkes University good for any program or degree during the 68th annual Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition at Wilkes University.

Brendan Drusda is the son of Jeffrey and Linda Drusda of Drums. Additionally, four other MMI students and one team placed in the top four during the competition. Sarah Moyer, the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer of Bowmanstown, finished second in the senior division and Ali Aijaz, the son of Fakhruddin and Dr. Naghma Aijaz of Mountaintop, was second in the junior division. Andrew Alday, son of Dr. Senen Alday and Dr. Milagros Azcueta-Alday of Mountaintop, came in fourth in the senior division and Nicholas Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young of Freeland, was fourth in the junior division. The team of Andrew Alday, Brendan Drusda and Sarah Moyer placed first in the senior division.

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Forty-five MMI students capture first place at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition

Forty-five of MMI Preparatory School’s 55 entrants placed first at the recent Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre. Ali Aijaz, Gabriella DeMelfi, Garrett Kost, and Chava Kornblatt all placed first with a perfect score in their events.

Anirban Chowdhury and Elizabeth Pinto both qualified for a summer research fellowship at The Commonwealth Medical College, while Garrett Kost and Joshua Kalada-Kania received a summer research fellowship at Lacawac Sanctuary. Senior High Excellence Awards were given to Alyssa Famalette (in microbiology), Garrett Kost (biochemistry) and Chava Kornblatt (biology), and Alexander Kline received a Junior High Excellence Award in engineering.

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Borealis Wind Quintet performs at MMI

Borealis Wind Quintet, one of America’s preeminent chamber ensembles, performed Thursday for MMI Preparatory School students as part of the community outreach program of the Greater Hazleton Concert Series.

Amelia Bergeron, Greater Hazleton Concert Series director, opened the program by speaking to the students about the Greater Hazleton Concert Series and the Borealis Wind Quintet. The chamber ensemble’s visit to MMI follows their performance Wednesday night as the Greater Hazleton Concert Series celebrates its 80th anniversary.

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Freeland history researcher Charlotte Tancin takes crowd on trip back in time during photo presentation at MMI

Freeland native and local history researcher Charlotte Tancin visted MMI Preparatory School’s recently to narrate a presentation of historical photographs of Freeland and the surrounding areas.

Tancin spoke to a packed audience inside MMI’s Joseph A. Turri ’45 Library and Learning Center. Her photos, including some dating back to the 1800s, featured many of the town’s most iconic businesses and residents, as well as a glimpse at Freeland’s churches and a view of surrounding towns like Jeddo and Drifton.

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Three MMI students place at state journalism competition

Lindsey Walko, Joshua Narrow, and Charles Bower finished in the top three at the Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA) Student Journalism Competition State Championship finals. The competition was held earlier this month in the Hetzel Union Building’s Freeman Auditorium on the Penn State University Main Campus in University Park.

Walko, the daughter of Lawrence Walko and Debbie Brenner-Walko of Drums, captured first place in the Copywriting competition. Narrow, the son of Howard and Marie Narrow of Hazleton, finished second in the Poetry division. Bower, the son of Tracy and Stephen Tichy of Drums, took third in Literary Magazine Artwork. MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney was the faculty adviser for the competition.

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Wister Quartet to perform at MMI on April 4

For the 13th consecutive year, MMI Preparatory School will host the Grammy-nominated Wister Quartet for a public performance at the school on Monday, April 4, at 7:00 P.M. The performance is made possible through the support of Dr. James W. Feussner ’65 in memory of Elizabeth Feussner.

Once again this year, the Wister Quartet will perform with guitarist Allen Krantz, a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer, and chamber musician. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Athletics and Drama Complex on the MMI campus at 154 Centre Street, Freeland. Doors open at 6:30 P.M.

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Freeland local history researcher to present collection of Freeland area images from the early 20th century

Freeland native and local history researcher Charlotte Tancin will narrate a tour of the Freeland area through images from the first half of the 20th century during a presentation in March at MMI Preparatory School.

Tancin will make her presentation on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 P.M. in The Joseph A. Turri ’45 Library and Learning Center on MMI’s campus at 154 Centre Street in Freeland. The event is free and open to the public. It is offered through The Joseph A. Turri ’45 Library and Resource Center as part of the Community Event Series.

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MMI Prepper Playhouse will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 11 and 12

The MMI Prepper Playhouse is presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 P.M. in the MMI Athletic and Drama Complex, 154 Centre Street in Freeland.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells a classic tale as old as time about Belle (Lindsey Walko), a young woman from a small provincial town in France, and the Beast (Luke Yamulla), who is really a young prince trapped under an enchantress’ curse. If the Beast learns to love and be loved, the curse will be broken and he will be transformed. If the Beast does not learn his lesson, he and his household will be doomed forever. 

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MMI releases first semester President’s List

MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood has announced the names of students who achieved President’s List status during the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

The President’s List recognizes sound academic performance each quarter. To earn a place on the President's List, 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 semester, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

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MMI students advance to Future Business Leaders of America state competition

Thirty-one MMI Preparatory School students advanced to compete at the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference April 11-13 in Hershey after qualifying during the FBLA Region 16 Leadership Conference held recently in Wilkes-Barre.

Seven students received first place awards in their respective categories at the regional conference. Allison McGeehan finished first in Business Law, Elizabeth Borchick was tops in Graphic Design, Alyssa Sweda led the field in Introduction to Business, Chava Kornblatt brought home top honors in Introduction to Business Communication and Joey Kress, Joshua Narrow and Nicholas Young all came in first in Marketing.

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Four MMI students win awards at Mock Trial district competition

MMI Preparatory School juniors Allison McGeehan and Kevin Cibak and sophomores John Malay and Mahad Muhammad each won awards during the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial district competition at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.

McGeehan, the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan of Drums, and Cibak, the son of James and Deidre Cibak of Sugarloaf, both won best advocate awards. Malay, the son of John and Kathryn Malay of Jim Thorpe, and Muhammad, the son of Ikram and Alia Muhammad of Mountaintop, were each crowned best witness. The winners were chosen by the opposing team.

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MMI releases second 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 second quarter of the 2015-2016 school year.

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, have attained an average of 70 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 inducts four students into art honor society

MMI Preparatory School held an induction ceremony on February 4 for students who joined the National Art Honor Society.

The students inducted into MMI’s Chroma Chapter are Victoria Kline, daughter of Dr. John and Dr. June Kline, Mountaintop; Danielle Pileggi, daughter of Daniel and Sandra Pileggi, Albrightsville; Kryslyn Postupack, granddaughter of Andrew and Mary Postupack, Hazleton; and Erin Sari, daughter of Izzet and Mumine Sari, Sugarloaf.

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FNCB contributes to MMI through EITC program

MMI Preparatory School in Freeland recently received a $955 contribution from First National Community Bank (FNCB) through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program to go toward need-based scholarships at the school.

MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood said, “FNCB’s contribution is greatly appreciated by the entire MMI family, particularly the students who will directly benefit from it by receiving financial aid. On behalf of those students and their families, I would like to express our gratitude to FNCB.”

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Students raise more than $2,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer

All the proceeds from ticket sales for the Preppers’ varsity basketball game against G.A.R. on January 29 were donated to the cause. Additionally, the students collected donations through a t-shirt and towel sale.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society’s mission.

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Ayla Cooper wins MMI National Geographic Bee

Ayla Cooper, an eighth grade student at MMI Preparatory School, won MMI’s competition in the first round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee and will advance for a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

Cooper, the daughter of Lea Cooper of White Haven and Jason Cooper of Avoca, will take a qualifying test for the state competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state competition on April 1.

MMI eighth grader Benjamin Putnam, the son of Benjamin and Andrea Putnam of Sugarloaf, finished second in the school’s competition.

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Four MMI students win Scholastic Writing Awards, one advances to national competition

MMI Preparatory School senior Lauren Toscano won a Gold Key award in the Scholastic Writing Awards’ Northeast Writing Region-at-Large competition and will have her work advance to New York City for national consideration.

Toscano, the daughter of Jessica Toscano of Drums, won the top prize for her writing portfolio, “I Wasn’t There.” Senior Lindsey Walko and junior Joshua Narrow both won a Silver Key award and junior Olivia Minzola won Honorable Mention. Walko, the daughter of Lawrence and Debbie Brenner-Walko of Drums, won for her flash fiction entry, “Green Dress.” Narrow, the son of Howard and Marie Narrow of Hazleton, captured the award for his poem, “Whirlwind Job.” Minzola, the daughter of Joseph and Debra Minzola of Drums, received her prize for her short story, “Auntie Joe’s Most Amazing Dumb Thing.”

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SAT test rescheduled for February 20

The makeup SAT for the January 23 exam, which was cancelled due to inclement weather, has been scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016. All students who were registered to test on January 23 will be automatically transferred to the makeup test date. Registered students should access their online account and print a new, updated ticket with the makeup information noted on it.

Students must bring the updated ticket with them to the makeup test. If students need to cancel their registration or change their test date, they should contact College Board’s customer service at 866-756-7346.

Angelica Alday advances to District 9 Regional Orchestra Festival

MMI Preparatory School sophomore Angelica Alday advanced to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District 9 Regional Orchestra Festival (PMEA) and will compete with 120 other students for a spot in the PMEA State Orchestra Festival.

Alday placed sixth in the first violin section following seating auditions for the District 9 Orchestra Festival to advance to the regional competition. The PMEA Northeast Region Orchestra Festival comprises students from District 9 and District 10 and will be held from February 24-26 at Twin Valley High School in Elverson.

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MMI students qualify for Pennsylvania School Press Association state journalism competition

Seniors Charles Bower and Lindsey Walko and junior Joshua Narrow captured first place at the Pennsylvania School Press Association regional journalism competition and will represent MMI Preparatory School at the state competition in March.

At the state competition, Bower will compete in the artwork category, while Narrow will compete in the poetry category. Both Bower and Narrow have work published in the MMI Preparatory School Literary Magazine. Walko is the Yearbook Editor and the Production Editor for the literary magazine and will compete in the copywriting category. Jennifer Novotney serves as advisor for the MMI literary magazine and Grete DeAngelo serves as the advisor for the yearbook. Both served as advisors for the competition.

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MMI to hold Entrance Exam on January 30

MMI Preparatory School will be offering its Entrance Examination on Saturday, January 30, beginning at 9:00 A.M. The exam is for students who will enter grades six through 11 this fall and are considering attending MMI Preparatory School.

The Entrance Examination is comprehensive in nature, assessing students’ general ability (verbal and quantitative), reading comprehension, and mathematic achievement. Writing skills are tested as well with a short essay.

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Interact Club makes donation to Salvation Army

Students in MMI’s Interact Club made sure this winter will be a little brighter – and warmer – for area residents in need.

Interact Club students donated a collection of mittens, scarves, and hats to the Salvation Army as part of the Club’s Mitten Tree Project. MMI students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to donate the items and place them on four trees in the school’s common area.

Club President Katie Eschenbach, Vice President Doug Genetti, Secretary Erin Sari, and Treasurer Ryan Eschenbach coordinated the effort. The project’s faculty advisers are Michael Scarlato, Timothy Garvey, Katie Zucco, and Susan Moyer.

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MMI athletes receive postseason honors

Several MMI Preparatory School athletes received postseason honors for their outstanding play during the fall 2015 sports season.

Seniors Alyssa Famalette, Mikayla Dove, and Terrance Jankouskas and junior Keenan Overa were all selected to the Wyoming Valley Conference Soccer Coaches first team. Seniors Jay Solgama and Devon Faul and juniors Kevin Cibak and Dylan Slusser received WVC Soccer Coaches second team honors.

In girls’ volleyball, junior Dana Carrato and sophomore Gabriella Kupsho earned honorable mentions from the Wyoming Valley Conference Coaches Association.

Junior tennis player Elizabeth Pinto and sophomore golfer George Palermo were both Citizens’ Voice All-Star first team selections.

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MMI Student Council conducts benefit drive for the needy

The MMI Preparatory School Student Council conducted two drives to collect canned goods, toiletries, and monetary donations to benefit the area needy. Following in the philanthropic traditions of school founders Eckley and Sophia Coxe, the students collected over 610 cans and $160 to benefit the Freeland Thanksgiving food drive. Students also collected 189 toiletry items to benefit the homeless population. Jacob Weiksner and Elizabeth Pinto, right, were the student event coordinators. Michael Scarlato, left, and Anthony Cusat are the Student Council Advisors.

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MMI freshman finishes second in regional poetry competition

MMI Preparatory School freshman Andrew Decker finished second in the recent Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition at the WVIA-TV studios in Pittston.

Decker, the son of Aaron Decker of Kingston and Elizabeth and Troy Topolski of Sugarloaf, competed against other students from throughout Luzerne, Lackawanna, northwestern Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and eastern Wyoming counties.

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MMI to hold Visitation Night on January 11

MMI Preparatory School will hold Visitation Night on Monday, January 11, 2016, starting at 6:00 P.M. for students and families considering MMI for the 2016-17 school year.

During Visitation Night, families can learn more about an MMI education and the advantages the school offers for their children. The event will begin with a brief presentation in the school’s cafeteria followed by a tour of the school conducted by current students, as well as the opportunity to ask questions of faculty and administration.

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MMI announces piñata contest winners

Julia Snyder captured first place in MMI Preparatory School’s annual Spanish II Piñata contest.

The contest continues the Spanish tradition of constructing papier-mâché figures for children’s celebrations, birthdays, holidays, and traditional festivals.

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