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MMI releases first semester President’s List

MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood has announced the names of students who achieved President’s List status during the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

The President’s List recognizes sound academic performance each quarter. To earn a place on the President's List, 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 semester, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

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MMI students advance to Future Business Leaders of America state competition

Thirty-one MMI Preparatory School students advanced to compete at the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference April 11-13 in Hershey after qualifying during the FBLA Region 16 Leadership Conference held recently in Wilkes-Barre.

Seven students received first place awards in their respective categories at the regional conference. Allison McGeehan finished first in Business Law, Elizabeth Borchick was tops in Graphic Design, Alyssa Sweda led the field in Introduction to Business, Chava Kornblatt brought home top honors in Introduction to Business Communication and Joey Kress, Joshua Narrow and Nicholas Young all came in first in Marketing.

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Four MMI students win awards at Mock Trial district competition

MMI Preparatory School juniors Allison McGeehan and Kevin Cibak and sophomores John Malay and Mahad Muhammad each won awards during the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial district competition at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.

McGeehan, the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan of Drums, and Cibak, the son of James and Deidre Cibak of Sugarloaf, both won best advocate awards. Malay, the son of John and Kathryn Malay of Jim Thorpe, and Muhammad, the son of Ikram and Alia Muhammad of Mountaintop, were each crowned best witness. The winners were chosen by the opposing team.

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MMI releases second quarter honor roll

MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the second quarter of the 2015-2016 school year.

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, have attained an average of 70 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 inducts four students into art honor society

MMI Preparatory School held an induction ceremony on February 4 for students who joined the National Art Honor Society.

The students inducted into MMI’s Chroma Chapter are Victoria Kline, daughter of Dr. John and Dr. June Kline, Mountaintop; Danielle Pileggi, daughter of Daniel and Sandra Pileggi, Albrightsville; Kryslyn Postupack, granddaughter of Andrew and Mary Postupack, Hazleton; and Erin Sari, daughter of Izzet and Mumine Sari, Sugarloaf.

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FNCB contributes to MMI through EITC program

MMI Preparatory School in Freeland recently received a $955 contribution from First National Community Bank (FNCB) through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program to go toward need-based scholarships at the school.

MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood said, “FNCB’s contribution is greatly appreciated by the entire MMI family, particularly the students who will directly benefit from it by receiving financial aid. On behalf of those students and their families, I would like to express our gratitude to FNCB.”

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Students raise more than $2,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer

All the proceeds from ticket sales for the Preppers’ varsity basketball game against G.A.R. on January 29 were donated to the cause. Additionally, the students collected donations through a t-shirt and towel sale.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society’s mission.

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Ayla Cooper wins MMI National Geographic Bee

Ayla Cooper, an eighth grade student at MMI Preparatory School, won MMI’s competition in the first round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee and will advance for a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

Cooper, the daughter of Lea Cooper of White Haven and Jason Cooper of Avoca, will take a qualifying test for the state competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state competition on April 1.

MMI eighth grader Benjamin Putnam, the son of Benjamin and Andrea Putnam of Sugarloaf, finished second in the school’s competition.

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Four MMI students win Scholastic Writing Awards, one advances to national competition

MMI Preparatory School senior Lauren Toscano won a Gold Key award in the Scholastic Writing Awards’ Northeast Writing Region-at-Large competition and will have her work advance to New York City for national consideration.

Toscano, the daughter of Jessica Toscano of Drums, won the top prize for her writing portfolio, “I Wasn’t There.” Senior Lindsey Walko and junior Joshua Narrow both won a Silver Key award and junior Olivia Minzola won Honorable Mention. Walko, the daughter of Lawrence and Debbie Brenner-Walko of Drums, won for her flash fiction entry, “Green Dress.” Narrow, the son of Howard and Marie Narrow of Hazleton, captured the award for his poem, “Whirlwind Job.” Minzola, the daughter of Joseph and Debra Minzola of Drums, received her prize for her short story, “Auntie Joe’s Most Amazing Dumb Thing.”

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SAT test rescheduled for February 20

The makeup SAT for the January 23 exam, which was cancelled due to inclement weather, has been scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016. All students who were registered to test on January 23 will be automatically transferred to the makeup test date. Registered students should access their online account and print a new, updated ticket with the makeup information noted on it.

Students must bring the updated ticket with them to the makeup test. If students need to cancel their registration or change their test date, they should contact College Board’s customer service at 866-756-7346.

Angelica Alday advances to District 9 Regional Orchestra Festival

MMI Preparatory School sophomore Angelica Alday advanced to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District 9 Regional Orchestra Festival (PMEA) and will compete with 120 other students for a spot in the PMEA State Orchestra Festival.

Alday placed sixth in the first violin section following seating auditions for the District 9 Orchestra Festival to advance to the regional competition. The PMEA Northeast Region Orchestra Festival comprises students from District 9 and District 10 and will be held from February 24-26 at Twin Valley High School in Elverson.

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MMI students qualify for Pennsylvania School Press Association state journalism competition

Seniors Charles Bower and Lindsey Walko and junior Joshua Narrow captured first place at the Pennsylvania School Press Association regional journalism competition and will represent MMI Preparatory School at the state competition in March.

At the state competition, Bower will compete in the artwork category, while Narrow will compete in the poetry category. Both Bower and Narrow have work published in the MMI Preparatory School Literary Magazine. Walko is the Yearbook Editor and the Production Editor for the literary magazine and will compete in the copywriting category. Jennifer Novotney serves as advisor for the MMI literary magazine and Grete DeAngelo serves as the advisor for the yearbook. Both served as advisors for the competition.

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MMI to hold Entrance Exam on January 30

MMI Preparatory School will be offering its Entrance Examination on Saturday, January 30, beginning at 9:00 A.M. The exam is for students who will enter grades six through 11 this fall and are considering attending MMI Preparatory School.

The Entrance Examination is comprehensive in nature, assessing students’ general ability (verbal and quantitative), reading comprehension, and mathematic achievement. Writing skills are tested as well with a short essay.

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Interact Club makes donation to Salvation Army

Students in MMI’s Interact Club made sure this winter will be a little brighter – and warmer – for area residents in need.

Interact Club students donated a collection of mittens, scarves, and hats to the Salvation Army as part of the Club’s Mitten Tree Project. MMI students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to donate the items and place them on four trees in the school’s common area.

Club President Katie Eschenbach, Vice President Doug Genetti, Secretary Erin Sari, and Treasurer Ryan Eschenbach coordinated the effort. The project’s faculty advisers are Michael Scarlato, Timothy Garvey, Katie Zucco, and Susan Moyer.

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MMI athletes receive postseason honors

Several MMI Preparatory School athletes received postseason honors for their outstanding play during the fall 2015 sports season.

Seniors Alyssa Famalette, Mikayla Dove, and Terrance Jankouskas and junior Keenan Overa were all selected to the Wyoming Valley Conference Soccer Coaches first team. Seniors Jay Solgama and Devon Faul and juniors Kevin Cibak and Dylan Slusser received WVC Soccer Coaches second team honors.

In girls’ volleyball, junior Dana Carrato and sophomore Gabriella Kupsho earned honorable mentions from the Wyoming Valley Conference Coaches Association.

Junior tennis player Elizabeth Pinto and sophomore golfer George Palermo were both Citizens’ Voice All-Star first team selections.

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MMI Student Council conducts benefit drive for the needy

The MMI Preparatory School Student Council conducted two drives to collect canned goods, toiletries, and monetary donations to benefit the area needy. Following in the philanthropic traditions of school founders Eckley and Sophia Coxe, the students collected over 610 cans and $160 to benefit the Freeland Thanksgiving food drive. Students also collected 189 toiletry items to benefit the homeless population. Jacob Weiksner and Elizabeth Pinto, right, were the student event coordinators. Michael Scarlato, left, and Anthony Cusat are the Student Council Advisors.

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MMI freshman finishes second in regional poetry competition

MMI Preparatory School freshman Andrew Decker finished second in the recent Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition at the WVIA-TV studios in Pittston.

Decker, the son of Aaron Decker of Kingston and Elizabeth and Troy Topolski of Sugarloaf, competed against other students from throughout Luzerne, Lackawanna, northwestern Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and eastern Wyoming counties.

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MMI to hold Visitation Night on January 11

MMI Preparatory School will hold Visitation Night on Monday, January 11, 2016, starting at 6:00 P.M. for students and families considering MMI for the 2016-17 school year.

During Visitation Night, families can learn more about an MMI education and the advantages the school offers for their children. The event will begin with a brief presentation in the school’s cafeteria followed by a tour of the school conducted by current students, as well as the opportunity to ask questions of faculty and administration.

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MMI announces piñata contest winners

Julia Snyder captured first place in MMI Preparatory School’s annual Spanish II Piñata contest.

The contest continues the Spanish tradition of constructing papier-mâché figures for children’s celebrations, birthdays, holidays, and traditional festivals.

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MMI receives ExxonMobil grant for science equipment

MMI Preparatory School has received a grant that it will use toward new equipment for the school’s science and technology department.

MMI was nominated for the $1,000 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant by Liberty Petroleum Distributors of New Milford. The grant funds are specifically designated for math or science departments. MMI plans to use the grant money to purchase a form scanner for its new 3D printer and the associated software.

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MMI honors ‘Best of the Best’ students for fall semester

MMI Preparatory School recognized six students as the “Best of the Best” during an assembly program held at the school recently. The overall Best of the Best honor for the first semester was awarded to senior Luke Yamulla, son of Dr. Robert and Atty. Ann Yamulla of Sugarloaf, for his presentation on presidential candidates.

The school’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.

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MMI students selected for district band, orchestra

Two students from MMI Preparatory School have been chosen to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 9 band and orchestra festivals.

Sophomore Angelica Alday, daughter of Dr. Senen Alday and Milagros Azcueta-Alday of Mountaintop, will play the violin at the PMEA District 9 Orchestra Festival January 13-15 at North Pocono High School. Senior Sarah Moyer, daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer of Bowmanstown, will play the flute at the District 9 Band Festival January 27-29 at Pittston Area High School.

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MMI selects 2016 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar representatives

MMI Preparatory School sophomores Lauren Babinetz and Caelyn McGran will represent MMI at the 2016 Central Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar. The annual seminar will be held May 19-22 at Shippensburg University.

Babinetz is the daughter of Michael and Patricia Babinetz of Jim Thorpe and McGran is the daughter of John and Barbara McGran of Drums.

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MMI Mock Trial competitors win awards at regional event

MMI Preparatory School students won four awards during the 29th annual Monroe County Invitational Mock Trial Tournament at East Stroudsburg High School.

Junior Allison McGeehan placed third out of 66 lawyers who performed at the event. Junior Erin Sari and sophomores Jakob Schwabe and George Palermo each competed for the first time and received outstanding witness awards.

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MMI students welcome guest chef to learn about culinary trends

The guest chef program at MMI Preparatory School strives to give students the opportunity to try new things. On Monday, MMI students had the chance to experience the flavors of Southern California. The program began last school year and is part of a three-year plan undertaken by MMI to provide preferable food to the student body and staff in a more sustainable manner.

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MMI crowns 2015 Harvest Dance royalty

MMI Preparatory School crowned Andrew Alday and Alyssa Famalette, both pictured first row center, its 2015 Harvest King and Queen during MMI’s annual Harvest Dance on November 7. Allison Warner-Senape, first row far left, Shaelyn Heft, first row far right, and Devon Faul, second row far left, were the runners up. Also pictured are Parent Faculty Organization representative Natalie Kost and MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood.

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Lisa M. Ferry receives Women’s Empowerment Grant

MMI Preparatory School art and anthropology instructor Lisa M. Ferry was one of only eight women who received the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Empowerment Grant during the Chamber’s 2015 Business and Community Awards ceremony.

Ferry was also awarded a certificate of special congressional recognition from Congressman Lou Barletta in honor of her achievement.

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MMI inducts students into science, math honor societies

MMI Preparatory School held an induction ceremony recently for 21 new members of the Science National Honor Society and 16 new members of the Mathematics National Honor Society.

During the ceremony, Assistant Head of School Charles Seidel welcomed guests and faculty member Michael Mele introduced the officers of the two honor societies. Jay Solgama, president of MMI’s chapters of the Science National Honor Society and Mathematics National Honor Society, gave a speech. MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood gave closing remarks and Luke Yamulla provided piano accompaniment.

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MMI inducts students into National Honor Society

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.

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MMI releases first quarter honor roll

MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the Fall 2015 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 honored in National Merit Scholarship Program

Three MMI seniors were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2015.

Andrew Alday, Sarah Moyer, and Jay Solgama received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Alday is the son of Dr. Senen Alday and Dr. Milagros Azcueta-Alday, Mountaintop; Moyer is the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer, Bowmanstown; and Solgama is the son of Dr. Paresh and Arti Solgama, Mountaintop.

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MMI instructor Jennifer Novotney featured author and presenter at annual teachers conference in Harrisburg

MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney was one of seven featured authors at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English Language Arts annual conference in Harrisburg.

The authors were featured at an Author's Breakfast where Novotney read from her young adult book Winter in the Soul and talked about her inspiration for writing the book. She also participated in a book signing for two of her novels, Winter in the Soul and Infinite Spring.

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MMI students take a stand against bullying on Unity Day

Students in MMI’s Sunshine Club recognized national Unity Day on October 21 by creating a pledge poster for students, faculty, and staff to sign indicating their stand against bullying.

Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention month, which is sponsored by PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

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MMI to hold Visitation Night November 16

MMI Preparatory School will hold fall Visitation Night on Monday, November 16, starting at 6:00 P.M. where families can learn more about an MMI education and the advantages the school offers for their children.

Families will learn about the small class sizes and individual attention at MMI. They will also get details about the school’s curriculum, which includes Advanced Placement classes, financial aid, athletics and extracurricular activities. Light refreshments will be offered. Families will also have the opportunity to tour the 25-acre campus.

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