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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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MMI finishes third overall at Luzerne County Envirothon

MMI Preparatory School finished third overall at the 2015 Luzerne County Envirothon.

The Envirothon is an annual environmental competition for high school students.  The Luzerne Conservation District coordinates and sponsors the Luzerne County Envirothon each spring.  The event is for Luzerne County high school students in grades 9-12. It tests their knowledge of the environment with five 100-point tests: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Issue, which changes each year. This year’s current issue was Urban Forestry.

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Anthropology class takes field trip to 36LU169

Students in Lisa Ferry’s Anthropology class took a field trip on April 26 to the Conrail Site (officially referred to as 36LU169) to join The Frances Dorrance Chapter (Chapter 11) of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology for an archeological dig.

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Dr. Roberta Winters gives Earth Day presentation at MMI

MMI Preparatory School’s eighth grade class recently completed a lesson on shale and had an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with a presentation on the subject from a state expert.

Dr. Roberta Winters, the former Vice President for Issues and Action on the State Board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA), presented a program to MMI eighth, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade classes on Wednesday at MMI educating students about Marcellus Shale and the extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.”

Her presentation was made possible through the League of Women Voters of Greater Hazleton and partially funded by the PPL Corporation through support the league received from the PPL Foundation.

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MMI students earn PJAS awards

Students at MMI Preparatory School recently earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition held at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, with awards presented afterward at a dinner ceremony at the Genetti Best Western Hotel and Conference Center. 

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MMI students win Holocaust essay contest

Four MMI Preparatory School students won awards from the 20th Annual Israel T. and Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust essay contest. Morgan Long, son of David and Theresa Long, Drums, and Zachary Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland, both tied for first place in the middle school division of the competition and will receive $200. In the high school division, Joshua Narrow, son of Howard and Marie Narrow, Hazleton, won first place and will receive $200, and Luke Yamulla, son of Robert and Ann Yamulla, Sugarloaf, won second place and will receive $100. 

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MMI student up for WVIA’s Artist of the Year

Senior Joseph Synoski was selected as one of WVIA’s visual Artists of the Week in December and more recently has learned he is also a contender to be Artist of the Year. Some of his best works are to be displayed at the Mainstreet Galleries in Kingston for the month of April.

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Visiting chefs help prepare sustainable, healthier lunches

Continuing MMI Preparatory School’s focus on a more sustainable, healthier food program, the school hosted guest chefs Tuesday who crafted a special and healthy “build a sandwich” menu for the students. The guest chef program is part of the three-year plan undertaken by MMI Preparatory School to provide preferable food to student body and staff in a more sustainable manner.

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