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.
During the induction ceremony, chapter officers gave presentations on the criteria of the National Honor Society for its membership. Historian Erin Sari presented the history, Secretary Kisan Patel spoke about scholarship, Treasurer Danielle Pileggi spoke about service and Vice President Jessica Pileggi spoke about character. President Devon Faul gave a speech on leadership and inducted the new members of the society.
Adviser and faculty member Katie Zucco recognized the junior and senior members and gave closing remarks and MMI senior Luke Yamulla provided musical accompaniment.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Membership in the National Honor Society recognizes students for their accomplishments and also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
MMI’s new NHS inductees are:
Seniors: William Bower, son of Dr. Kathy Young, Sugarloaf and Philip Bower, Emmitsburg, Maryland; and Lauren Toscano, daughter of Jessica Toscano, Drums.
Juniors: Eric Degenhart, son of Dr. John and Janet Degenhart, Hazleton; Jai-Jacob Hoover, son of Jai and Ninotchka Hoover, Mountaintop; Joshua Narrow, son of Howard and Marie Narrow, Hazleton; and Anna Olivieri, daughter of Jack and Mariah Olivieri, Sugarloaf.
Sophomores: Angelica Alday, daughter of Dr. Senen Alday and Dr. Milagros Azcueta-Alday, Mountaintop; Lauren Babinetz, daughter of Michael and Patricia Babinetz, Jim Thorpe; Michael Badamo, son of Anthony and Jessica Badamo, Sugarloaf; Lauryn Banyas, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Joan Banyas, Freeland; David Caldwell, son of David and Maria Caldwell, Mountaintop; Jett Chen, son of Cui Min Gao, Freeland; Nicolo Cottone, son of Nicolino and Milenka Cottone, Hazleton; Kyle Falatko, son of Robert Falatko and Christine Falatko, Freeland; Lauren Freeman, daughter of Marisa Freeman, Drifton; Anna Haber, daughter of Dr. John and Cathryn Haber, Tresckow; Aaron Harman, son of Ronald and Yvonne Harman, Drums; Gunner Jankouskas, son of Terry Jankouskas and Aprilaurie Whitley, Sugarloaf; Joshua Kalada-Kania, son of Kevin Kania and Susan Kalada, Drums; Sydney Karpowich, daughter of Atty. Donald Karpowich and Tracey Gallagher, Sugarloaf; Caitlyn Kline, daughter of Dr. John and June Kline, Mountaintop; Chava Kornblatt, daughter of Joseph and Georgia Kornblatt, Kingston; Gabriella Kupsho, daughter of Dr. Robert and Diane Kupsho, Drums; James Lambert, son of James and Kate Lambert, Blakeslee; Marc Lobitz, son of Dr. Mark and Stephanie Lobitz, Hazleton; Talia Logerfo, daughter of John and Diane Logerfo, Sugarloaf; John Malay, son of John and Kathryn Malay, Jim Thorpe; Caelyn McGran, daughter of John and Barbara McGran, Drums; Mahad Muhammad, son of Ikram and Alia Muhammad, Mountaintop; Hunter O’Clair, son of Timothy and Candice O’Clair, Drums; George Palermo, son of Mary Kelly Palermo, Sugarloaf, and George Palermo, Hoboken, New Jersey; Abigail Paul, son of Rustin and Cynthia Paul, Jim Thorpe; Madison Perchak, daughter of Michael and Eileen Perchak, Hazle Township; Mark Sitch, son of Mark and Rosemarie Sitch, Weatherly; Julia Snyder, daughter of Dr. Christopher and Dr. Jill Snyder, Sugarloaf; Joseph Taylor, son of James and Michelle Taylor, Mountaintop; Cole Wenner, son of Darren and Tracy Wenner, Lehighton; Stephanie Zellner, daughter of Stephen and Theresa Zellner, Drums.