Students in seventh, ninth and 11th grades delivered presentations as part of MMI Preparatory School’s annual “Best of the Best” program during an assembly held at the school. Junior Lauren Babinetz, the daughter of Michael and Patricia Babinetz of Jim Thorpe, was the overall “Best of the Best” winner for the second semester for her presentation on the Morality of Self Driving Cars.
The assembly program is designed to help MMI students improve and enhance their communication skills, which are important as they progress through high school, college, and beyond.
Additional “Best of the Best” presenters were: seventh grader Rachael Betz, the daughter of Dr. Amy Houm of Tamaqua and Richard Betz of Honesdale, for her presentation on Big Cats; seventh grader Nathan Thayer, the son of Robert Thayer and Mary Foltz of Mountaintop, for his presentation on Secretariat; freshman Grant Warren, the son of Richard and Atty. Rebecca Warren of Danville, for his presentation on Kilobots; and junior Hunter O’Clair, the son of Candice and Timothy O’Clair of Drums, for his presentation on WWE Superstars.
MMI’s assembly program provides each student with the opportunity to explore varied subject areas not typically studied in the classroom. Students present a topic of interest to them such as art, music, geography, or culture before a larger audience than they would be exposed to in a daily classroom environment. Each student in grades 7 through 12 makes at least one appearance in an assembly program each school year. Students in grades eight, 10, and 12 make their presentations in the first semester of the school year, while students in grades seven, nine, and 11 complete their assemblies in the second semester.
The best student performances are presented to a joint assembly of both upper school and middle school students and rated outstanding by the MMI faculty to determine the “Best of the Best.”