MMI Preparatory school sophomores Rachael Betz, Sandra Abdulrahman, and Christian Homnack captured first, second and third place, respectively, in MMI Preparatory School's Black History Month Historical Research Contest.
Betz, the daughter of Dr. Amy Houm of Tamaqua and Richard Betz of Honesdale, finished first with 105 points for her project on Francis Harper. Abdulrahman, the daughter of Jihad and Basema Abdulrahman of Hazleton, was second with 103 points for her presentation on The Harlem Renaissance, and Homnack, the son of Lori Pavell of Hazleton and Dennis Homnack of St. Johns, came in third with 100 points for his project on Jackie Robinson.
In addition to serving as research projects for World History class, the Black History Month research projects were a motivational experience for the students, as well as a competition. MMI's sophomores spent several weeks researching a specific topic as it relates to Black History, completing Learning Logs to track their progress and learning, and finding meaningful connections between the past and our present.
MMI Social Sciences instructor Katherine Zucco compiled the scores to determine the top six highest-scoring presentations. The top six projects were then reviewed by MMI instructors Grete Floryshak and Michael Scarlato and Head of School Justin Kleinheider, who gave their scores. Zucco tallied those results to determine the top three finishers. All of the research projects were on display in the MMI Commons though the end of February.