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MMI students received 23 first-place awards, 20 second-place awards and two third-place awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition, which was held on the Pennsylvania State University main campus.
Junior Abigail Paul received a perfect score and earned special recognition from the Pennsylvania Science Talent Search (PSTS), which identifies and recognizes outstanding science talent in students who are juniors or seniors in high school.
MMI’s Relay For Life team raised $1,891 and will donate the funds to the American Cancer Society during the annual Relay For Life of Greater Hazleton, which will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Hazleton Area High School Track at Cougar Park on 23rd Street in Hazleton.
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 Preparatory School seniors Allison McGeehan and Nicholas Young both won National Merit Scholarships and junior Aaron Harman qualified for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
McGeehan was selected as the winner of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship and Young received the National Merit Computer Aid Scholarship. In March, McGeehan and Young were among just 15,000 students nationwide to advance as finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program and two of four finalists at MMI.
Harman was selected as a qualifier for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program based on his performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
MMI Preparatory School in Freeland conducted its 125th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 25, as seniors were awarded diplomas by Stanley B. Warner III ’92, chairman of MMI’s Board of Directors.
This year’s graduating class of 42 seniors amassed more than $6.4 million in merit scholarships and awards. The 2017 graduating class also attained an average SAT score of 1733 and 1239 on the Redesigned SAT. The Class of 2017’s average ACT score is 27.
Members of the Class of 2017 were accepted at over 71% of the colleges they applied to and will attend over 27 different colleges and universities this fall.
Retired Major General Peter Bayer ’80, a former United States Army Major General and former Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy on the Army staff at the Pentagon, delivered the commencement address. His message was simple, “Follow your heart, find your purpose and pursue it with passion.”
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