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Adoption agency founded by alumna During an English class taught by Mrs. Kate Green in the early 1980s, students were asked to journal about their lives in the future. Tara Gutterman ’84 wrote about being a lawyer and adopting a child. Her vision was partly correct.
and they feel like a family. It’s very fulfilling to know you brought them together. I also enjoy hearing from birth parents later, knowing we helped them achieve their goals,” she said. As the founder of the agency, Gutterman works on legal issues as well as client development, which includes a fair amount of travel to Europe each summer to meet with adoptive families. “In addition to U.S. adoptive families, some of our adoptive parents come from many different countries, including Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany. Since it’s important for us to have a presence where our adopted children are going, I make that connection for our international adoptions,” she said.
Today, Gutterman is an attorney specializing in adoption law and is the founder of Adoption ARC, an agency serving Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and beyond. The agency will celebrate 20 years in March. After graduating from MMI, Gutterman earned degrees in English and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College and a law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
She worked for the City of Gutterman believes MMI Philadelphia in the Department played a role in her professional Tara Gutterman and her son, Jonah, and husband, Tomer, celebrate of Health and Human Services development, particularly National Adoption Month at the Today show in New York. as a family law attorney and through assemblies and speech then worked for a small adoption classes. “They taught us to be confident and to speak in public, agency. In 1994, she launched her own agency, Adoption ARC. which I have to do a lot of in my work. We also learned how to “We started out small, but are now licensed in Pennsylvania, present ourselves in a professional manner.” New Jersey and Delaware,” she said. The agency has offices in “Something about MMI is very different and special. It creates Philadelphia; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware. a bond with people that never really breaks and truly does create Adoption ARC works to find safe, permanent homes for children, lifelong friendships,” she said. whether with an adoptive family or a birth family that has received Her siblings, Frank Gutterman ’87 and Merle Gutterman Parker the necessary support and resources to be able to parent their ’88, are also MMI alumni. Parker is the executive director of child. The resources provided include unbiased options counseling; Adoption ARC. assistance in obtaining medical assistance and welfare benefits if necessary; access to job training and day care; and grief and loss counseling. “I want people to know that adoption is a choice that should be respected and not vilified and that all members of the adoption triad – the child, birth parents and adoptive parents – should be honored and respected,” Gutterman said. She said her interactions with a variety of people are incredibly meaningful. “The most exciting part of my job is when an adoptive parent sees their child for the first time and there’s an instant bond
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Parker noted the level of trust and admiration she has in working with her sister, saying, “I feel really blessed that I’m able to work at Adoption ARC and blessed that I get to work with my sister and such a wonderful staff.” She joined the staff full time in 2008, a few years after earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology, but has been part of the agency since its very beginning by working on newsletters and the website. Continued on page 3
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From the Head of School “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ~ C.S. Lewis We recently launched a new marketing campaign: 52 Reasons Your Child Should Attend MMI Preparatory School. It is a creative and informative campaign that extols the various benefits of an MMI education. Despite MMI’s stellar reputation, I still hear concerns from parents who want to withdraw their children from MMI, or not send them at all. One of the most frequent reasons given is that their children will have better grades at another school. In other words, the reduced rigor at other schools will permit their students to attain higher grades and, consequently, get into better colleges and universities. While the premise is true, the conclusions are undoubtedly false. Students can receive higher grades in public school for the same amount of effort, or even less. The grades are not as different as the level of rigor. But will they put in the same amount of work or will they do enough to get by? Will the faculty push them when they don’t think they can perform any better? Will they learn as much when less is demanded of them? The answers are likely no. We have a world-class faculty who challenge our students and then take the journey of discovery with them. This shared “struggle” is a critical part of any students’ learning. Learning is not a student reciting what the teacher has told them. Our students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources and different disciplines. Our future scientists present assemblies that develop their ability to effectively communicate ideas. Students interested in the humanities present Open House projects that demonstrate their understanding of research methodologies. Students sometimes fail to meet the standard as they develop these skills. But with assistance from their teacher, successful students learn from their mistakes and do not repeat them on future assignments. Our faculty demands a lot of our students. Our graduates tell us that mastering these demands led to their future successes. Throughout our school’s history, MMI students have advanced to prestigious colleges and universities across the country. Today, our outstanding college-counseling program helps each student identify the college that is the right fit for him or her. Students receive assistance as they complete their college application and the scholarship and financial aid paperwork. Frequent contact with the university ensures each college recognizes our students’ potential. The MMI curriculum is designed not only to get students accepted to prestigious colleges and universities, but also to ensure their success throughout their time at college. Many of our graduates have commented that their time at MMI was more challenging than the first year in college. They carry the lessons they learned at MMI through their schooling and into their highly successful professional lives. We know our students and graduates are far from ordinary, but we also believe the challenges they conquer at MMI start them on the road to extraordinary lives. All the best,
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Spring calendar of events announced Many exciting events are planned at MMI for the upcoming months. Here are a few of them: • On Monday, February 24, at 7 p.m., the Grammy-nominated Wister Quartet will perform a concert at MMI. The concert, which is open to the public, will be held in the Athletics and Drama Complex on the MMI campus in Freeland. Admission to the concert is free and doors open at 6:30 p.m. This year’s concert will feature MMI students playing music composed by Lloyd Smith using student ideas generated at a fall workshop at MMI. This concert is sponsored annually by Dr. James W. Feussner ’65. • Come on out and support the MMI Prepper Playhouse performances of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play melds wit, comedy, and romance together to perfection. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Joanne Oakum at email@example.com or by calling the MMI office at 570-636-1108. • All alumni are invited to attend the New York City Mini-Reunion on Wednesday, March 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Avenue at 37th Street, Fashion Center, New York, NY. The event includes free appetizers and a cash bar. Please contact Kim McNulty, director of advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
along with plenty of delicious food, great fun, and live entertainment including MMI’s spring music performance by our students. Spring Festival also includes MMI’s Art Walk, which displays the artistic talents of MMI students.
• On Sunday, March 30, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., MMI will host its annual Open House. All MMI students, from sixth-graders to seniors, will display, explain, and demonstrate their projects in classrooms and locations throughout the school.
• Our Prep School Awards Convocation will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. and Baccalaureate will be on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
• Step out and attend the Washington, D.C., Mini-Reunion and Current Student Gathering. Join current MMI students at a social gathering following their history field trip to D.C. on Thursday, April 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (Information will follow to all area alumni. Location is TBA.) • Philly-area alumni and friends are invited to the Philadelphia Mini-Reunion scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Information will follow to all area alumni. Location is TBA.) • On Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., MMI welcomes all visitors to attend the Spring Festival, hosted by the Parent Faculty Organization. The event will offer a variety of activities for all ages,
MMI alumnae sisters work together at adoption agency (Continued from page 1) “I designed the first print materials, which was a great opportunity to become involved and understand what Adoption ARC is all about. I was so proud of Tara when she established the agency, since this was something that she really believed in and put her heart and soul into,” Parker said. In her role as executive director, Parker is involved in all facets of Adoption ARC’s operations. She works with birth parents and adoptive parents to ensure the best placement for children. “When adoptive parents meet their babies, it’s truly amazing. It’s so lovely, but also bittersweet to see everyone bonding,” she said. The agency offers lifetime services, including counseling, free of charge to birth mothers. “The women who come to us to
create their birth plans are so strong, brave and selfless and this is often a difficult decision for them. I’m happy we can offer services to support them throughout their lives. And I love when birth parents get in touch with us later to talk about the great things they’re doing in their lives now, and knowing we’ve had a hand in getting their lives back together,” Parker said. Adoption ARC has placed about 1,500 children in homes through adoption, and Gutterman and Parker look forward to seeing that number grow. “I’d like to see us do another 20 years and be able to serve in more areas. I want to promote our mission and make sure women feel supported and that adoption is always a safe option for them,” Gutterman said. To learn more about Adoption ARC, visit www.adoptionarc.com.
• The Lehigh Valley Mini-Reunion will be held Sunday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Melt Grill, 2805 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley. • The Sixth Annual Jake Kislan ’56 Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Valley Country Club on Friday, June 20, with a tee time of 1 p.m. Tournament and hole sponsorships are available. Grab a foursome and come out to support MMI! • Homecoming 2014 is slated for Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, and will feature the Head of School’s Reception, the Annual Homecoming Picnic and the 2014 Wall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony. Reunion classes include those classes ending in -4 or -9.
MMI seeking Wall of Fame nominations The MMI Wall of Fame Selection Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 inductees to the Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor and recognize alumni, current and past faculty, staff, and board members of MMI who have distinguished themselves in the areas of athletics, business, science, education, government, public service, the arts, or the humanities. In order to nominate a person for consideration, please complete the Nomination Form found on MMI’s website or contact Director of Advancement Kim McNulty. Nominations are due no later than March 1.
Today’s MMI One of MMI’s most valuable assets is our exceptional faculty, who are devoted to exposing students to a level of education well beyond what is considered traditional. The “Today’s MMI” column allows us to highlight some faculty members and their work within our outstanding academic program.
Advanced Placement European History AP European History is a social studies course that is designed for 11th-grade students at MMI. Advanced Placement courses are the most academically rigorous classes that are offered to our Upper School students and are designed to provide content at the collegiate level. This particular class is an extensive study of the history of Europe from the Renaissance to the present day. The main goal of the class is to help students understand how historical events in Europe have shaped and affected billions of people throughout the world. Students are expected to complete numerous reading assignments, projects, and research papers and conclude the year by taking the AP exam in European History. Miss Kate Lengel, the teacher of this class, is on the front line when it comes to integrating technology into her classroom. This year, Miss Lengel has added the use of a wiki into her AP European History curriculum. “Wiki” is an abbreviated version of “wiki-wiki,” which translates as “quick” in Hawaiian. A wiki is a website that allows those with access the ability to edit, add, or comment on content. Wikis have been around since the mid 1990s and were originally used by software engineers to collaborate on writing software. The free online encyclopedia “Wikipedia” is one of the largest and best-known wikis.
Miss Lengel’s AP European History wiki offers a collaborative workspace full of information for her students to use, edit, comment on, and share. The basic class information, such as the course schedule, syllabus, scoring rubric, and sample AP exams, can be seen on the wiki, and there is also a wealth of additional information laid out in four sections. The first section is titled “Get Great Ideas” and features a class-built, interactive timeline of historical events, a biography section containing the greatest heroes and villains in European history, and “Survival tips for AP European History.” A “Share Resources” section allows students to post articles and videos,
Miss Kate Lengel integrates a variety of teaching tools into her class, including technology such as a wiki.
share blog links, recommend their favorite books, and view a list of study resources to help them throughout the year. The “Stay Connected” section has an area of peer review where students can critique and constructively criticize their peers’ essays and a podcast that a student can watch if they are absent from class. The final section encourages the students to “Have FUN while Learning!” and includes an AP European Collection of Songs and Miss Lengel’s Favorite Words of Wisdom. In addition to her AP European History wiki, Miss Lengel has also designed a wiki to be used in conjunction with her duties as the adviser to the MMI Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club. “Anyone can work hard, study hard, and achieve results, but there is a significant difference between working hard and working smart, especially in the world of education,” Miss Lengel said. “At MMI, we focus on helping each student develop as a whole person — we focus on helping them develop academically, but we also strive to help our students develop creativity, communication skills, collaborative mindsets, and a sense of community. We know how dedicated our students are to their studies and their extracurricular activities. The wiki is just one tool that teachers can use conveniently and with confidence to help our students ‘work smart’ and develop these skills despite their demanding schedules.” Miss Lengel joined the MMI faculty in 2008 and teaches Ancient Civilizations to seventh-graders and World History to
10th-grade students in addition to her 11th-grade World History classes. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Juniata College and is one class away from completing her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University. It is an exciting year for Miss Lengel as she will be getting married this summer to Antonio Zucco!
Middle School Visual Art Program At MMI, the arts continue to be a vital component of a student’s education, and student artwork consistently adorns the walls of the school. In middle school, students are engaged in a handson studio environment, where they meet one or two times per week. The dynamic curriculum is designed to be interdisciplinary, connecting art skills to academic content. Students experiment with and work toward proficiency in a variety of media and styles. They hone their skills, but more importantly, they develop new confidence and learn to consider new perspectives and ambitions. The main objective of sixth-grade art is to explore and introduce a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. Students build skills in drawing and painting and are introduced to some of the significant artists and movements in art history. Some writing, such as reflections and responses to artwork, is also required at this level. Continued on page 5
Mid schoolers bring friends to class MMI mid school students brought their friends to school to introduce them to student life at MMI on Wednesday, January 29, an Act 80 Day for students in the Hazleton Area School District. All students in grades six to eight at MMI had the opportunity to bring a friend to MMI for the day. Their friends went through the day just as an MMI student does, learning more about the school and classes and activities there. The 42
friends took part in classes and had lunch with MMI students. MMI Head of School Thomas Hood said, “Bring a Friend to School Day was an excellent opportunity for students to have their friends learn more about MMI and what the school has to offer. This is always a popular day for our students and their friends, and we enjoyed spending the day with our students’ friends.”
Above: Sixth-graders Harriet Wilson, left, and Maya Rizkalla enjoy an activity during Bring a Friend to School Day.
At left: Clockwise from bottom left, Gavin Ashman works with sixth-graders Alex Jordan, Angelo Seach, and Ryan Halterman during his visit to MMI.
Today’s MMI (Continued from page 4) Unit studies in the sixth-grade curriculum include drawing, elements of line, botanical illustration, watercolor techniques, shading with charcoal and pastel, perspective, color theory, Impressionism, facial proportions, printmaking, sculpture, and the works of various artists, among them Paul Cezanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, Albrecht Duerer, and Fernand Leger.
Ms. Moustardas said, “I treasure the opportunity to share my love of art and learning with the students. Through meaningful and challenging tasks, students engage in visual thinking and creative problem solving. They hone their perceptual skills as well as their appreciation for art, and they experience the joy of creating.”
Our seventh- and eighth-grade visual art classes are taught by Mrs. Lisa Ferry. Mrs. Ferry graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bloomsburg University and has had her work shown at numerous exhibitions. Most recently, The art instructor for she had three pieces our sixth-grade program is of artwork selected for Ms. Gabriela Moustardas, display at the Mahady who has both a bachelor’s Gallery at Marywood degree and master’s University. Mrs. Ferry is a degree in Fine Art from member of the Hazleton Wayne State University. Art League, a facilitator Ms. Moustardas is active for the Pennsylvania as a professional artist and Humanities Council, a has published numerous College Board AP Reader illustrations. She was born for Studio Art, and the in Frankfurt, Germany, First Night Art Walk and also serves as the coordinator, and she is in instructor for MMI’s the process of writing her Upper School German first book. Her daughters, program. Her daughter, Amber Ferry and Hayle Eleni, is a member of this Ms. Gabriela Moustardas is the Shearer, are also members instructor for sixth-grade art. year’s senior class. of the Class of 2013.
The focus of both seventh- and eighth-grade art is to continue the exploration of techniques from different art movements and artists. Mrs. Ferry’s classroom requires active participation and she wants the students to have fun while learning different techniques of the medium. Each unit begins with a lecture. Students then undertake a project relating to the lecture, incorporating the technical exploration of the chosen medium. Art vocabulary is posted weekly on the board and is used by students during the critique process. Units of study in seventh grade include texture, pastels, “Learn about Art with Geography,” abstract expressionism, “What is Mixed Media?,” drawing, illustration, perspective, and the works of painter Matt Sesow. In eighth grade, the students learn assemblage, abstract movement, connections, foundobject art and the works of Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg, zen, collage, outdoor still life drawing, and the study of the French artist Henry Mattise. Mrs. Ferry said, “Everyone has their own style and it is OK to be different. I encourage that style to shine through in each student’s individual work. Like Degas said, ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’”
Grandparents join students for a day
Mid school students at MMI enjoyed the opportunity to bring their grandparents or grandfriends to school with them. MMI held its fourth annual Mid School Grandparents and Grandfriends Day on December 3. The day included lunch, class, cross-generational activities that encouraged the younger MMI students to learn more about their guests, and a musical performance. At left, Bailey Slusser visits with her grandmother, Anetta Slusser. At right, students and grandparents play a fraction race game in Mrs. Moyer’s classroom.
School receives ExxonMobil grant MMI received a grant that it will use toward science equipment at the school. MMI was nominated for the $1,000 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant by Liberty Petroleum Distributors of New Milford. The grant funds, specifically designated for math or science, were used to purchase advanced electronic metering equipment. The LabQuest 2 system allows students to perform sensor analysis with various probes (temperature, gas pressure, carbon dioxide, pH, voltage, conductivity, color, and oxygen). The unit performs real-time graphing and analysis and can share data results across a web browser directly to our students’ laptops. Through the grant, MMI purchased the unit, nine probes, and additional software for advanced analysis. The equipment will be used across MMI’s science curriculum.
ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program has awarded $1.8 million in grants this year to schools to help enhance math and science education across the United States. For more than seven years, Educational Alliance grants from Liberty Petroleum Distributors and ExxonMobil have benefited students in northeastern Pennsylvania. Gerald Danniel, vice president
VK Singh ’04, a vice president at Liberty Petroleum Distributors, presented the contribution among students at the school. From left: Paige Darrow, instructor Laura Petro, VK Singh, Jeff Bridges, Head of School Thomas G. Hood, Elijah Dove, Charlie Karchner, Austin Muir, and Amber Ferry.
of operations at Liberty Petroleum Distributors, said, “ExxonMobil, in partnership with Liberty Petroleum Distributors, has a long history of supporting educational programs. We believe it is fundamentally important to encourage the next generation to pursue studies and careers in fields involving math and science.” Head of School Thomas G. Hood expressed his appreciation for the grant, saying it will allow for the purchase of important supplemental materials
at MMI. “We thank Liberty Petroleum Distributors for its continued support of MMI. The items purchased through this grant will be very beneficial for students in many of our science classes.” Liberty Petroleum owns and operates 24 travel plazas, gas stations, and quick-service restaurants throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. The company also provides wholesale distribution of ExxonMobil and Sunoco petroleum products to transportation companies, travel plazas and gas stations.
Seven honored as ‘Best of the Best’ MMI Preparatory School recognized seven students as the “Best of the Best” during an assembly program held at the school. 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. Each MMI 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 made their presentations in the first semester of the school year. Students in grades seven, nine, and 11 will complete their assemblies in the spring semester. The best student performances from the first-semester assemblies are presented to a joint assembly of both prep school and middle school students to determine the “Best of the Best.” For the first semester, seven students presented programs that were rated as outstanding by the MMI faculty. The Best of the Best honor for the first semester was awarded to sophomore Charles Bower for his presentation “Remaking Music.” The other Best of the Best presenters were senior Jonathan DeJesus for his topic “Hidden Gems,” senior Alexander
MMI Preparatory School recognized seven students as the “Best of the Best” during an assembly program held at the school. Winners were, first row, from left: Caitlyn Kline, Gabriella Kupsho, and Lauren Babinetz. Back row: Jonathan DeJesus, Alex Drusda, Luke Yamulla, and Charles Bower.
Drusda for his presentation “Post Late Night Television,” sophomore Luke Yamulla for his topic “Shock Value,” eighth-grader Lauren Babinetz for her presentation “Sushi,” eighthgrader Caitlyn Kline for her topic “Glossophobia,” and eighth-grader Gabriella Kupsho for her presentation “The MS Walk.”
MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood said, “The assembly program is designed to improve and enhance communication skills, which are important to students as they progress through high school, college and beyond. We are proud of our students for their performance during assemblies and commend them on a job well done.”
MMI inducts students into Science NHS MMI students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) on November 7. The purpose of the SNHS is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, to aid the civic community with its comprehension of science and to encourage students to participate in community service to foster a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind. Inductees, officers and others taking part in the ceremony are pictured here. Dr. Richard H. Bott ’79 was the guest speaker.
School concludes capital campaign On October 17, 2013, MMI celebrated the closing of The Campaign for MMI: “A foundation for success…A promise for our future.” The campaign, which began in 2009, was designed to focus on three areas of growth: building our endowment, construction of new outdoor athletic fields, and the building of the Joseph A. Turri ’45 Library and Learning Center. The endowment is the lynchpin to MMI’s long-term financial sustainability. With a robust endowment, MMI can broaden the range of academic program offerings, recruit quality students and world-class faculty, and maintain fantastic facilities. Thanks to this campaign, the school has been able to add significant resources to the endowment, which is currently at the highest value in history and will support MMI in perpetuity. Every successful capital campaign must have volunteers who are willing to give their time and efforts to the project. Members of The Campaign for MMI Committee accomplished much of the behind-the-scenes work before the public launch and deserve our thanks. The campaign chairman was Tim Twardzik and members of the committee included: Nick Dei Tos ’71, Norman Dick ’87, Lew Dryfoos III ’82, Bill Flood, Thomas G. Hood, Andrea Kosko ’74, Jim Makuch ’60, Florie McNelis, Sam Schaeffer, Bill Shergalis ’58, Stan Warner III ’92, and the late Lew Dryfoos Jr.
25 ways alumni can strengthen MMI 1. Refer a prospective student to Admissions. 2. Support Prepper athletics. 3. Stay in touch with your classmates by attending Homecoming. Plan your reunion. 4. Attend the Parent Faculty Organization’s annual Bingo and Spring Festival. 5. Ask your employer to participate in the EITC or OSTC programs by donating to an MMI scholarship and getting a 90 percent Pennsylvania tax credit for the business. 6. Volunteer to be a guest lecturer in a classroom. 7. Buy a brick in the walkway entering the Joseph A. Turri ’45 Library and Learning Center.
8. Send MMI current biographical information and a picture for the MMI Today newsletter. 9. Donate a life insurance policy that you no longer need.
10. Support the Annual Fund and leverage your gift with a corporate match. Suggest that a friend support the Annual Fund Drive. 11. Play in our annual Jake Kislan ’56 Memorial Golf Tournament. Be a sponsor or bring a foursome. 12. Visit campus and say hello to a faculty member or coach who touched your life. Meet a new faculty member and share your MMI story.
19. Remember MMI in your will. (Even 1 percent of an estate has a huge impact!) 20. Encourage accomplished elementary school students to continue their education at MMI. Let their parents know that our school is worth the investment. 21. Donate blood during a Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Student Council.
13. Support one of our 40 endowed scholarship funds. Start a class scholarship.
22. Come to Open House and see the amazing projects that our current students present annually.
14. Be a proud ambassador of MMI.
23. Donate artwork, real property, jewelry, or other valuables to MMI.
15. Ask your employer to donate surplus equipment. 16. Come to our annual drama performance by the MMI Prepper Playhouse.
24. Attend the Wister Quartet’s annual concert at MMI and see current MMI students perform with this Grammy-nominated group.
17. Sign your child or grandchild up for a summer camp.
25. Make a major gift that transforms the school that we know and love.
18. Support our graduates and attend graduation.
PPL contributes EITC funds to MMI MMI recently received a $10,000 donation from PPL through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The contribution will help fund need-based scholarships at the school, as 53 percent of students who attend MMI receive need-based financial aid. PPL Regional Affairs Director Martha M. Herron said, “Our partnerships with local schools and organizations help PPL demonstrate its ‘caring for community’ motto. We are pleased that our contribution helps make an MMI education possible and supports the growth and success of MMI students.” PPL Customer Programs Director Florie McNelis said, “PPL is committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and the EITC program is one way we do so. We appreciate the opportunity to assist students and their families.” MMI officials thanked PPL and its subsidiaries for their continued good corporate citizenship. “Over the last six years, PPL has donated nearly $200,000 to help us achieve our goal of preparing our young minds for higher education,” said MMI Director of Advancement Kim McNulty. “The funds donated by PPL have opened books, minds and hearts at our school and we cannot thank them enough.” As an approved scholarship organization, MMI is designated to receive contributions through the EITC program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Donate to MMI and earn tax credits! Did you know the company you own or work for can allocate its Pennsylvania tax dollars to MMI’s Scholarship Programs and receive a 90 percent tax credit? To date, MMI students have received more than $2,290,000 in
From left: MMI Director of Advancement Kim McNulty, PPL Customer Programs Director Florie McNelis, MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood, and PPL Regional Affairs Director Martha M. Herron.
Businesses that donate to MMI are eligible to receive tax credits amounting to 75 percent of their charitable contribution for a one-year period. The tax credit increases to 90 percent if the company commits to making the same donations for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to $300,000 in tax credits annually. Donations of any amount are eligible for the tax credit.
scholarship support thanks to the contributions of many area companies. In fact, this year, MMI awarded nearly $345,000 in scholarships to our current students through those funds! A business’ gift of $10,000 to an MMI scholarship earns a $9,000 tax credit that can be applied to Pennsylvania state taxes. Tax credits for 2014 are available now for any interested business. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Director of Advancement Kim McNulty for more information.
Students inducted into National Honor Society MMI Preparatory School inducted students into the Andrew J. Stofan Chapter of the National Honor Society on November 14. Inductees, officers and others taking part in the ceremony are pictured here. NHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Membership in the National Honor Society recognizes students for their accomplishments and also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. Attorney Thomas K. Feissner ’81 was the guest speaker.
Faces in the Crowd “Faces in the Crowd” is a feature of MMI Today that includes more information on MMI students and faculty members. Through these articles, newsletter readers will have the opportunity to learn more about members of the MMI family.
Elise Hreha – Class of 2019 Elise Hreha may only be in seventh the summer programs offered there. grade, but she has been a member of the She came home from the programs MMI family for much longer than she filled with enthusiasm and pride in the has been a student. Elise began attending projects she was working on. She had MMI summer camps when she was 9 nothing but praise for the teachers. years old and had just completed third When she returned from her shadow grade. MMI reinvigorated the camp visit day, she said, ‘I’m going there,’ quite program in the summer of 2010 and a decidedly.” number of our most Elise added, “Camp recent new students definitely influenced learned much about me to come to MMI. our school from their I was nervous about camp experience. making new friends Elise attended Physics when I started school in Flight Camp, here but I saw people Chemistry Camp, Can I knew from the you Dig it? Archeology summer. In sixth Camp, and Artful grade, everyone was Antics Camp. In the new so it was easy past four years, 285 to make friends. My new faces have come advice to new students to MMI through our would be ‘don’t be camp program and 65 Elise at a summer camp in 2010. scared!’” of those students have Now that Elise is ultimately enrolled (23 in her second year as a student at MMI, percent). she has gotten involved in the Prepper Elise is the daughter of Eric and Playhouse Drama Club and is a member Elizabeth Hreha of White Haven. She of the Spirit Squad. Her favorite class is began her formal education at Fairview science, although she loves sports and Elementary in the Crestwood School really enjoys gym class too! She has made District before making the switch to the honor roll each marking period that MMI for sixth grade in 2012. she has been a student at MMI and has Elizabeth said, “Elise first became earned a spot on the President’s List interested in MMI when she attended three times. When not at school, Elise
MMI student body remembers Coxes at Founders’ Day memorial service MMI students held a Founders’ Day service to honor their school’s founder, Eckley Brinton Coxe, and his wife, Sophia Georgianna Coxe.
From left: Thomas Hood, head of school; Jeffrey Careyva, senior class secretary; Maria Carrato, senior class president; the Rev. Lawrence Barriger, Greek and Latin instructor; Kristen Purcell, senior class treasurer; and Joseph Yamulla, senior class vice president, prepare to lay a wreath at the gravesite on the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church in Drifton. In addition to the student event, 50 alumni from the Classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 returned to campus for a gathering on November 27.
Elise Hreha is now in seventh grade at MMI.
is an active Girl Scout and she enjoys drawing and sketching. Elise’s dream job would be to become an interior designer. Elizabeth said, “MMI is such a good fit for Elise because she was losing focus during classes previously, which led to her socializing during class. At MMI, class sizes and structure are more conducive to keeping her focused on classroom tasks, and this has benefited her greatly. My husband and I couldn’t be more pleased with MMI. Our daughter isn’t just being educated, she is thriving. We know our family made the best choice for Elise and for her future.”
Alum honored for manufacturing leadership Rebecca Racosky Taylor ’83 received the Manufacturing Institute’s prestigious Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award, which marks the outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Taylor and Production contributions of women in the manufacturing sector.
the workforce. Rebecca is a fine example of the leadership, the passion, and the drive that women can bring to American manufacturing.”
Taylor, senior vice president at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), was honored during an event held in Washington, D.C., on February 6.
Taylor’s history with manufacturing goes back to childhood. “I love manufacturing. I always loved manufacturing. I grew up in a manufacturing household, where the value of making things was recognized and celebrated. My mother was absolutely committed to seeing all of her children have more opportunities than she did. We were never told there was anything we couldn’t do; we were never limited. It was about choosing our passions and following them where they led,” she said.
Dr. Dawn White, president and CTO of Accio Energy, said, “Manufacturing is the backbone of the American economy, and celebrating women in manufacturing will encourage more girls to become part of industry as they join
“MMI gave me a strong grounding in what we are now calling STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” Taylor said. “In addition, MMI’s approach to learning and dedicated teachers gave me the tools
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to think strategically and innovatively which has helped me throughout my career.” Taylor’s experience extends well beyond factory-floor knowledge. In her role at NCMS, she works with elected officials, government leadership, manufacturing stakeholders, and commercial interests, providing the public face for the NCMS mission. Beginning her career with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Taylor rapidly gained on-the-job expertise in industry, economics, and political issues associated with manufacturing. Since joining NCMS in 1991, she has also proven herself to be a fervent supporter of professional women, and was selected to join the International Women’s Forum in 2010. Throughout her career she has mentored and advised women in manufacturing and business, and continues to do so today.
Local MMI supporters gather
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• Dr. Carl R. Bartol ’50 is a member of The Timber Society, MMI’s Planned Giving Society. • Atty. Scott Coffina ’85 and Atty. Kimberly Coffina are Sponsors to The Campaign for MMI. • Mr. Michael Shergalis contributed to the The William A. ’58 and Miki Shergalis Endowed Scholarship and is a member of The Head of School’s Circle. • Dr. William Shergalis ’58 and Mrs. Miki Shergalis also made scholarship gifts to The William A. ’58 and Miki Shergalis Endowed Scholarship. We are grateful for the support of these donors and thank them for helping MMI Preparatory School in our commitment to excellence in education.
MMI held its annual Mid-Winter Social and Hazleton Area Alumni Mini-Reunion on Friday, February 7, at the Valley Country Club. From left: Brian Lucas ’84, Attorney Rebecca Warren ’84, Kathy Lucas, Head of School Thomas G. Hood, Freeland Mayor Ed Appleman, and his wife, Sandy.
Attorney Pasco Schiavo, center, visits with Howard and Marie Narrow.
What’s happening with MMI graduates around the globe MMI faculty member Grete DeAngelo ’92 published her debut novel, Giving Myself Away, this past fall and held a book signing and publication party on November 2 at the Valley Branch of the Hazleton Area Public Library. Gabrielle Dei Tos ’08, who works as an assistant buyer in men’s outerwear for Burlington Coat Factory, is hosting a segment on Extra!, a national TV show on the Warner Brothers network. Her first segment aired in October and focused on the Outerwear department and one of Burlington’s biggest philanthropic initiatives, One Warm Coat! Ian Kollar ’06 graduated with a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University in December 2013. Dr. Amii M. Kress ’98 graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in August 2013.
Samantha Clarke ’04 completed the 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon on November 17, 2013. Sam had completed five half marathons, but this was her first attempt at the full distance and she achieved the goal she set for herself of crossing the finish line. She is pictured with her father, MMI faculty member Dennis Clarke.
Joseph M. Mucha ’50 writes, “Very little vexes me anymore. I have continued approbation for the federal government although its members could never pass MMI’s entrance exam! Ad multos annos!” Anthony Orlando ’06 recently published a new book titled Letter to the One Percent. Kirkus Reviews hails the new book as a “powerful, compact primer on American economics” while Reese Schonfeld, the founding president and CEO of CNN, says, “It should be read by every one of us.” Edward W. Ravitsky ’55 and his wife, Joyce, announced that their surrogate son, Eric, is now a member of the Stanford University’s Class of 2016. Steven H. Silberg ’92, a lecturer in UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts, is beginning a research project with four colleagues into the sustainability of the crowdfunding model (e.g., Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc) within creative communities. It is an interactive/participatory project and exhibition that began this fall and will culminate in spring 2015. For more information or to offer some discussion points, visit http://miningthecrowd.org or check out their social media sites at https://www.facebook.com/ miningthecrowd, http://miningthecrowd.tumblr.com, and https://twitter.com/MiningTheCrowd/followers.
Nicholas O’Clair ’13 is navigating life as a freshman at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a new companion named Archer, a 2-year-old black lab guide dog. Archer was on campus at this year’s Founders’ Day celebration to meet the MMI family! Marianne Virnelson ’13 is at right.
The Class of 1973 celebrated its 40th reunion over the summer 2013. Thanks to Edgar Gower ’73, Scott Sugarman ’73, and Rose Welliver ’73 for coordinating the earlyAugust weekend event!
Milestones Events in the lives of the MMI family Weddings Sarah Leib ’99 wed Dr. Daniel Cassarella on September 14, 2013, in Philadelphia, where the couple resides. Erin Warner ’02 married Jim Britt at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on August 24, 2013. The couple resides in Pittsburgh, where Erin works as an analyst with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Jim is the manager of team services for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Births Melissa Cabe ’96 and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Alexander Justus, on August 13, 2013. Nicole Ferdinand Freeman ’04 and her husband, Brett, welcomed a daughter, Ashleigh Jane Joan, on October 3, 2013. The family resides in The Hideout in Lake Ariel. Bernadette Genetti Ulanoski ’00 and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed a son, Jude Kendrick, on October 4, 2013. He joins big sister Althea Rose, 2.
Deaths Gerald Louis Andriole, MD, passed away on December 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Irene Serratore Andriole; children, Joseph Andriole, MD, and his wife, Giancarla Miranda, Peter Andriole ’71, Esq., Gerald Andriole, MD, and his wife, Dorothy Potter, MD, James Andriole ’76, DO, and Mary Ann Andriole Wendel ’80, DO, and her husband, Dan Wendel, DO; and nine grandchildren. Anna Breznak passed away on September 27, 2013. She is survived by a son, Joseph, and his wife, Kathy; a brother, Robert, and his wife, Judy, Hazleton; and her grandchildren, Ryan Breznak ’88 and his wife, Blanche, Katie Breznak ’93 and Kara Breznak ’93. Anthony P. Carrato passed away on February 1, 2014. He is survived by his two children, Dr. Anthony Carrato ’83 and his wife, Carmine; and Ann Shastay ’84 and her husband, Michael; and eight grandchildren, including Angela ’09, Anthony ’10, Maria ’14, Dana ’17, and Nicholas Carrato ’19 and Miranda Shastay. Catherine A. Hollis passed away on February 1, 2014. She is survived by a son, Jack Hollis ’64 and his wife, Carol; a brother, Michael Bogansky, and his wife, Diane; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Emil Kasper ’55 passed away on October 12, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, JoAnn; two daughters, Kathryn Cashman and her husband, Thomas, and Lisa Davidson and her husband, Ewan; a daughter-in-law, Martha Kasper; and six grandchildren. James G. Leary ’67 passed away on October 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Emerson Leary; a son, James D. Leary, and his wife, Elizabeth Borst; a daughter, Shannon Welsh, and her husband, Joseph; a sister, Alice Reitz, and her husband, Thomas; and two granddaughters. Harry Burns Lentz Jr. ’56 passed away on November 1, 2013. He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Salvator; children, Dr. Christine Lentz, Harry B. Lentz III, Douglas
Mason passes away Jules Mason ’32 passed away on July 24, 2013. Prior to his passing, he was the second oldest living alumnus of MMI. Mr. Mason was a founder of and the first chairman of the board of what is now Leader Data Processing, where he worked until his retirement in 1977. As a result of his legacy, Leader has evolved into a highly successful area company that supplies comprehensive information management services for government agencies and private sector companies, large and small, through two divisions, Leader Data Processing and Leader Services. He is survived by two daughters, Terri Kaufman and Linda Wiley, as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Lentz, and Kimberly Ecker and her husband, Robert; and three grandchildren. The Rev. Frederick W. Oleck ’57, retired pastor of the United Church of Christ, passed away on June 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane (Craiglow) Oleck. Dr. Paul I. Roda passed away on December 1, 2013. Surviving are his mother, Adele Stein Roda; his wife, the former Jane Sarvetnick; a daughter, Julie Roda Bill ’98 and her husband, Matthew; and a son, Attorney Daniel Roda ’01 and his wife, Elizabeth. William K. Rudewick Jr. passed away on September 14, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and his sister, Nancy Biello, and her husband James. He was the son of MMI Wall of Fame member and assistant to the president William K. Rudewick ’42 and Louise Rudewick, both deceased. Dr. George F. Scheers ’48 passed away on October 7, 2013. He is survived by five children and their spouses, Cherie Gudz and her husband, Anthony; Tracey Ross and her husband, Anthony; Lt. Col. George Scheers, USAF, and his wife Jennifer; William Scheers and his wife, Marjorie; and Thomas Scheers and his wife, Monica. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, including Michael D. Casari ’08. Paul W. Serock ’66 passed away on January 26, 2014. Surviving are three children, Paul and his wife, Erin, Joseph and his wife, Kimberly, and Janelle Peiser and her husband, Brandon; and six grandchildren. William R. Shull passed away on September 28, 2013. He was an active member of numerous area professional, civic, fraternal and social organizations, including the Sophia Coxe Trust. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Alice Lee Leisenring; two daughters, Marjorie Toohey and her husband, Michael, and Jennifer Boland and her husband, John; and three grandchildren.
Library Memorials, Annual Fund Memorials, and Honors donated between September 25, 2013, and February 1
In memory of Beatrice Abrams Ms. Roxanne Abrams
In memory of Louis J. DeNoia Mr. and Mrs. Cy Ulichny
In memory of Edward Abrams ’62 Mrs. Marlene Abrams
In memory of Thomas Denar Ms. Anna Marie Bridges
In memory of Richard Abrams ’60 Ms. Roxanne Abrams
In memory of Dr. Edgar Dessen Atty. and Mrs. Bart E. Ecker Mr. Robert D. Jones ’48
In memory of Simon Abrams ’30 Ms. Roxanne Abrams In memory of Gerald Andriole Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood In memory of Donald Arbaugh Mr. Michael Chips and Ms. Sarah Kashubski-Chips ’06 Mr. Robert Kashubski ’67 and Mrs. Karen Kashubski In memory of Michael Arlotto Dr. William Shergalis ’58 and Mrs. Miki Shergalis In memory of Stanley F. Balon ’38 Mr. Frank D. Balon Mr. John J. Bradish ’51 In memory of Louis and Alexandra Betley Mr. Gregory Betley ’70 and Mrs. Anne Marie Lesniak-Betley In memory of Anna Breznak Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood
In memory of Eric Eidelman Mr. Mark Laputka ’79 and Mrs. Lee Ann Laputka In memory of Elizabeth Faust Dr. John Della Croce ’73 and Mrs. Marybeth Della Croce In memory of Joan Firestone Dr. John Della Croce ’73 and Mrs. Marybeth Della Croce In memory of John Gaffney Sr. Dr. Richard Bott ’79 and Mrs. Nadine Bott In memory of Atty. Morton J. Gordon ’52 Mrs. Marilyn Gordon In memory of Walter D. Haentjens ’39 Mrs. Margaret Haentjens Stone
In memory of Lambert Broad Mr. and Mrs. John Kushnerick Mrs. Leatrice Kushnerick
In memory of Catherine Hoch Mr. Jason Cabe and Mrs. Melissa Cabe ’96
In memory of Thomas F. Cadwalader Jr. Atty. J. Stoddard Hayes and Atty. Sophia Hayes
In memory of Eva Jeziorski Dr. John Della Croce ’73 and Mrs. Marybeth Della Croce
In memory of Anthony P. Carrato Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood
In memory of James P.H. Kettrick, MD Dr. Robert Kettrick ’60 and Mrs. Eileen Kettrick
In memory of John J. Corrigan Jr. ’34 Mr. John J. Corrigan ’63 In memory of Brinton Coxe Mrs. Amy Coxe In honor of Virginia Curcio’s 94th birthday Mrs. Madelene C. Scarlato In memory of Rex Damico Mrs. Ann G. Krusinski
In memory of Walter Dryfoos ’59 Dr. Jay Apfelbaum ’58 and Mrs. Harriet Apfelbaum
In memory of Judy DeAngelo Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Orlando
In memory of Kenneth Klingerman ’50 Mrs. Diane Klingerman In memory of Mary Beth Kopcynskie Dr. John Della Croce ’73 and Mrs. Marybeth Della Croce In honor of RJ and Gabby Kupsho Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kupsho
In memory of Agnes Laputka Dr. Richard Bott ’79 and Mrs. Nadine Bott Atty. and Mrs. Bart E. Ecker In memory of Dr. James G. Leary ’67 Tuscarora Elementary School In memory of Harry Lentz Jr. ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood Dr. William Shergalis ’58 and Mrs. Miki Shergalis In memory of Joseph Lopez Mrs. Madelene C. Scarlato In memory of Alvan Lynn ’55 Mrs. Cynthia L. Noren Mrs. Patricia J. Lynn In memory of Carl Lynn ’58 Mr. Dale Drake ’58 and Mrs. Cherolyn Drake In memory of Jules Mason ’32 The Roman Mason Foundation In memory of Walter McClellan Ms. Leone McClellan In memory of Thomas Merrick ’51 Mr. Edward R. Merrick ’54 In memory of Rudolph and Mary Mucha Mr. Joseph Mucha ’50 and Mrs. Nancy Mucha In memory of Nicholas Nemesh Mr. James Conahan ’68 and Mrs. Patricia Conahan Atty. Richard DiLiberto Jr. ’79 and Atty. Faith DiLiberto Dr. John J. Dulcey ’68 Mr. John M. Gicking ’76 Mr. David Kish ’68 and Mrs. Deborah Kish Mr. Frederick L. Lubrecht ’65 Mr. William Luzzi ’68 and Mrs. Donna Luzzi Mr. William Morgan ’68 and Mrs. Margaret Morgan Mr. Fred Miller ’68 and Mrs. Cathy Miller Mr. Joseph Petrole ’68 and Mrs. Linda Petrole Mr. Harold Refowich ’68 and Mrs. Antoinette Refowich Mr. Joel D. Rossi ’68 Mr. William Seitzinger ’68 and Mrs. Susan Seitzinger Mr. Joseph Zavada ’63 and Mrs. Mary Zavada
Additional memorials (Continued from page 14) In memory of James A. O’Neill ’41 Ms. Suzanne C. Ludlam
-In memory of Marty Stefanik ’58 Mr. Dale Drake ’58 and Mrs. Cherolyn Drake
In memory of Richard P. Oneill Mr. Joseph Turri ’45 and Ms. Barbara Sowers
In memory of Andrew J. Stofan Mr. Gerald Boyle ’48 and Mrs. Joan Boyle
In memory of Michael D. Ostroff ’50 Mr. Robert E. Ostroff ’53
In memory of Joseph K. Tito ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tito
In memory of Stanley T. Perkosky Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David S. Marchetti
In honor of Joseph A. Turri ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Rudawski
In memory of Teresa Ravina Mr. Leo Ravina ’45 and Mrs. Cecelia Ravina
In memory of Ronald J. Turri ’62 Mr. Robert Turri ’60 and Mrs. Marie Turri
In memory of Dr. Paul Roda Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood
In memory of Robert and Lois Vaughn Mr. Jordan Klemow ’80 and Mrs. Jennifer Klemow
In memory of William K. Rudewick Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Rudawski Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood Mr. and Mrs. James M. Biello In memory of William “Rover” Schaub ’48 Mr. William Fox ’48 and Mrs. Anna Mae Fox In memory of Dr. George F. Scheers ’48 6th Contracting Squadron Booster Club Mr. and Mrs. John Cherba Mr. Bob Colvin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood Mr. Sean Hyde Mr. Robert D. Jones ’48 Dr. and Mrs. Johann A. Koenig Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kulig Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopo Ms. Julie Lovrinic-Smith ’86 Mrs. Ruth Moran Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sauers Ms. Rosemary Sebia Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ross Ms. Barbara Rutch In memory of Paul Serock ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood In memory of William Shull Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hood In memory of John Silvasi ’33 Mr. John J. Corrigan ’63 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Rudawski In honor of George R. Stecker ’48 Ms. Mary Ivy Noone Ms. MaryIvy Bayard
In memory of Dr. David Wagner Dr. Fredrick Sherman ’63 and Ms. Patricia Rowe In memory of James C. Warner ’54 Anonymous In memory of Mr. Michael J. Wassel ’51 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Boyle In memory of John M. Watahovich Jr. Mr. Robert Watahovich ’50 In memory of Eileen Whitaker Dr. Richard Bott ’79 and Mrs. Nadine Bott In memory of Tom Wisniewski Atty. and Mrs. Bart E. Ecker In memory of Frederick J. Yannes ’25 Mr. James A. Yannes In memory of George ’29 and Mary Yannes Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Yannes In memory of Claudette Yanoski Dr. John Della Croce ’73 and Mrs. Marybeth Della Croce In memory of Sarah Yuscavage ’04 Mr. Brett Freeman and Mrs. Nicole Freeman ’04
Counselor recognized for effect on students’ lives Stephanie Shandra, college admissions counselor at MMI, was named one of the “Counselors That Change Lives” as awarded by the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) Board of Directors. The award is given to recognize counselors whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the mission of CTCL to promote and support a studentcentered college search process. Shandra The counselors were nominated for the award by the CTCL college membership.
“We know that these outstanding counselors support CTCL’s mission to help students frame their search beyond college ratings and rankings and to assist them in finding a college that cultivates a lifelong love of learning, while providing the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life. This program is our way of acknowledging all that they do to help students and families on a daily basis,” said P.J. Petrone, chair of the CTCL Board and co-director of college counseling at Marymount High School in Los Angeles. James A. Troha, president of Juniata College, told Shandra, “I ask that you think of all the students you have influenced by helping them find the right college fit and how those colleges will be able to support and influence the lives of students. In many cases, those students may not have found their perfect fit without you.” Shandra will be recognized at the CTCL reception on September 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conference.
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Making music together
MMI Preparatory Schoolâ€™s Music Department presented the annual holiday concert on December 10, featuring vocal and instrumental performances. Here, Christine Lizbinski directs string orchestra students as they play.
Important Dates Drama performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 14 and 15 Open House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 30 Spring Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 26
Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 22 Jake Kislan â€™56 Memorial Golf Tournament. . . . . June 20 Homecoming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 19-20