MMI presents student awards during convocation

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MMI Preparatory School recently held its Awards Convocation with many students in ninth through 12th grades receiving awards.

MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood said, “These students have excelled in a variety of areas and we are pleased to honor their dedication to academics and community.”

MMI subject awards were presented to students in the following categories:

Ninth grade: Science, Jonathan Smith; Art, Dylan Slusser; Math, English and History, Ali Aijaz; Music Performance, Niklas Byriel; Music History and Spanish, Allison McGeehan; German, Megan Marchetti; and Chinese, Keenan Overa.

10th grade: Art, Sara Davis; Science, Math and Spanish, Jay Solgama; English, Sarah Moyer; History, Shaelyn Heft; German, Samanta Cottone; and Chinese, TJ Jankouskas.

11th grade: Science, Nicolas Vilov; Math, Annika Fisk; Spanish, Claire Sheen; Art, Gabriellia Nunez Becker; English, Collin Finkel; History, Emily Morrison; German, Eric Kabitzke; and Chinese, Rachel Stanziola.

The Eckley B. Coxe Jr. Memorial Subject Awards were presented to senior students who have excelled in their fields of study as follows: Art, Paige Darrow; History and Math, Roger Knittle; Spanish, English and Science, Jeffrey Careyva; Chinese, Mariah Serra; and German, Kristen Purcell.

Other award presentations included: American Math Competition first-place award, Yusuf Qadri and Anirban Chowdhury; Student Mathematics Club of Marywood University math competition, top score for Level 1, Anirban Chowdhury, and seventh place, Ali Aijaz; John Steiner Gold Math Exam Award, Claire Sheen; Wilkes University/Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition, second place, Jeffrey Careyva, and third place tie, Roger Knittle; American Association of Teachers of German Award, Alexis Williams; Mock Trial awards: Outstanding Witness, Joshua Narrow; Best Witness, Paige Darrow and Robert Rosamelia; and Best Advocate, Emily Morrison; WVIA Artist of the Week, Carolyn Brennan and Charles Bower; American Chemical Society High School Chemistry competition, Jay Solgama; Pennsylvania Regional Science Olympiad awards, Anthony Franzosa, CJ Wallen, Roger Knittle and Alexander Haber; and Science Teachers’ Award, Tristan Gibbons.

Awards for the National Spanish Exam were presented as follows: Spanish 1 Silver Awards, Ali Aijaz, Anirban Chowdhury and Allison McGeehan; Spanish 1 Bronze Awards, Kayla Leonard, Daniel Tron and Nicholas Young; Spanish 1 Honorable Mention Awards, Dana Carrato, Kevin Cibak, Gabriella DeMelfi, Eric Degenhart, Joey Kress, Dillon Merenich, Kisan Patel and Jonathan Smith; Spanish 2 Silver Award, Jay Solgama; Spanish 2 Bronze Award, Andrew Alday; Spanish 2 Honorable Mention, Taylor Peluso; Spanish 3 Gold Award, Claire Sheen; Spanish 3 Honorable Mention, James Gabrielle and Yusuf Qadri; Spanish 4 Bronze Award, Jeffrey Careyva. Careyva also received the 2014 Spanish Honor Society Award.

Academic and community service awards were presented as follows: American Legion Good Citizenship Award, Kaitlyn Sitch; George Eastman Kodak Young Leaders Award and Scholarship, Rachel Stanziola; Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, Yusuf Qadri; Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, Madison Luchi; Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology, Chiara DeMelfi; Rensselaer Medal Award, Hayden Francis; Bryn Mawr Book Award, Emily Morrison; Student Sage Award, Annika Fisk and Gabriellia Nunez Becker; University of Pennsylvania Book Award, Claire Sheen; Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award, Eleanor Maduro; Wellesley College Club Book Award, Emily Seratch; Chatham University Rachel Carson Book Award, Haylee Kirschner; Ronald Reagan Student Leader Awards, Jeffrey Careyva, Maria Carrato, Stephanie Pudish and Devan McCarrie; Ernest Scheller III Memorial World Wide Scholarship, Alexander Drusda; Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Alexander Drusda; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Elijah Dove; and Jake Kislan ’56 Polonaise Society Award, Jeffrey Careyva.

Open House winners were also honored, with Level 2 Awards being given to ninth- and 10th-grade students and Level 3 Awards to 11th- and 12th-grade students. Winners were:

Cooking Projects: first place, Claire Sheen, James Gabrielle and Eleanor Maduro, “Ko-Mex”; second place, tie, Alexander Haber, Jonathan DeJesus and Patrick Driscoll, “South of the Border” and Sara Lucas, Carolyn Brennan and Cassandra Bluth, “Japan-Eats.”

Humanities: first place, Level 2, Anirban Chowdhury, “Origami”; second place, Level 2, Garrett Kost, “Union Army”; first place, Level 3, Chiara DeMelfi, “Creepy Pasta”; and second place, Level 3, Tristan Gibbons and Yusuf Qadri, “History of Advertising.”

Science: first place, Level 2, Andrew Alday, “Enthalpy of MgO”; second place, Level 2, Joshua Narrow, “Quantum Computer”; first place, Level 3, Madison Luchi, “Topology”; second place, Level 3, Haylee Kirschner, “Roller Coasters”; honorable mention, Level 3, Alexzandriea van Hoekelen, “Telepresence Robots.”

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