Eighth-grade students from MMI Preparatory School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the National Latin Honor Society (NLHS) at a ceremony at the school.
MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood provided opening remarks and greeted students, parents, family, and friends before the ceremony. Faculty member and adviser the Very Rev. Lawrence Barriger presented the criteria for membership, inducted the students into the honor societies, and introduced the speaker.
Dr. Jodi Washinsky Lenko ’99, was the guest speaker. Assistant Head of School Charles C. Seidel provided closing remarks. Alyssa Sweda, an eighth-grade student at MMI, provided music for the processional and recessional.
National Junior Honor Society inductees are: Kaitlyn Bellizia, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Bellizia, Sugarloaf; Elliot Blasko, son of Mark and Susan Blasko, White Haven; Elizabeth Borchick, daughter of Lance and Cynthia Borchick, Drums; Nicholas Carrato, son of Dr. Anthony and Carmine Carrato, Hazleton; Andrew Decker, son of Aaron Decker, Kingston, and Elizabeth and Troy Topolski, Sugarloaf; Tyler Degenhart, son of Dr. John and Janet Degenhart, Hazleton; Daniel DeMelfi, son of Daniel and Esme DeMelfi, Hazleton; Wesley Guarneri, son of Vincent and Sop Guarneri, Wilkes-Barre; Lauren Herman, daughter of Michael and Stacy Herman, Freeland; Elise Hreha, daughter of Eric and Elizabeth Hreha, White Haven; Amanda Kalada-Kania, daughter of Kevin Kania and Susan Kalada, Drums; Alexander Kline, son of Dr. Gerard and Caterina Kline, Mountaintop; Morgan Long, son of David and Theresa Long, Drums; Matthew Marchetti, son of David and Andrea Marchetti, Freeland; Jessica McClellan, daughter of Bruce and Patricia McClellan, Freeland; Kaitlyn McGeehan, daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Frederick Mejia, son of Carlos and Esperanza Mejia, Hazleton; Emily Mundorf, daughter of Thomas and Patricia Mundorf, Mountaintop; Christine Park, daughter of Jae and Young Park, Hazle Township; Brian Payne, son of Brian and Marie Payne, Sugarloaf; Desiree Petrick, granddaughter of John Petrick, Freeland; Ariah-Kirin Saeed, daughter of Zubeen Saeed, Mountaintop; Alexander Sessock, son of James and Jennifer Denion, Freeland, and the late John Sessock; Bailey Slusser, daughter of Atty. Christopher Slusser, Sugarloaf, and Amy St. Pierre, Drums; Coleman Smith, son of Keith and Laura Smith, White Haven; Alyssa Sweda, daughter of John and Jacqueline Sweda, Hazle Township; Ethan Warner, son of Stanley and Heather Warner, Drums; and Zachary Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland.
National Junior Latin Honor Society inductees are: Kaitlyn Bellizia, Elliot Blasko, Elizabeth Borchick, Daniel DeMelfi, Wesley Guarneri, Elise Hreha, Alexander Kline, Morgan Long, Kaitlyn McGeehan, Frederick Mejia, Christine Park, Ariah-Kirin Saeed, Alexander Sessock, Bailey Slusser, Coleman Smith, Ethan Warner, and Zachary Young.