MMI Students Inducted Into National Science, Math Honor Societies
MMI SCIENCE/MATH HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES-MMI recently held an induction ceremony for new members of the Science National Honor Society and Mathematics National Honor Society. Students and the societies they joined are, front from left: Taylor Peluso, science and math; Lois Polashenski, science; Kayla Leonard, science and math; Megan Marchetti, science and math; Dana Carrato, science and math; Katie Eschenbach, Drums, science; and Jessica Smith, White Haven, science and math. Row two: Susan Moyer, MMI instructor; Samuel Sessock, science and math; Joshua Narrow, science and math; Erin Sari, science; Gabriella DeMelfi, science; Joey Kress, Drums, science; Allison McGeehan, Drums, science and math; Anirban Chowdhury, science and math; and Jonathan Smith, White Haven, science and math. Row three: Kisan Patel, Mountaintop, science and math; Ali Aijaz, Mountaintop, science and math; Nick Young, science and math; Kevin Cibak, science and math; Keenan Overa, Drums, science and math; and Nick Byriel, Mountaintop, science and math. Back: MMI Assistant Head of School Charles Seidel, MMI instructor Michael Mele and MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood.

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.

Solgama and faculty member Susan Moyer presented certificates to the new inductees of the Mathematics National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta. The purpose of the society is to inspire a keen interest in mathematics, develop strong scholarship in the subject and promote the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students. To be inducted, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 90 in mathematics and 83 overall. They must have studied two years of high school mathematics, including Algebra I and II and Geometry. The honor society has more than 108,000 student members in more than 2,200 schools.

MMI’s newly inducted members of the Mathematics National Honor Society include Mountaintop/White Haven area residents:

Juniors: Ali Aijaz, son of Fakhruddin and Naghma Aijaz, Mountaintop; Niklas Byriel, son of Julia Byriel, Mountaintop, and the late Kim Byriel; Allison McGeehan, daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Keenan Overa, son of Timothy and Lori Overa, Drums; Kisan Patel, son of Dr. Dilipkumar and Dr. Minaben Patel, Mountaintop; and the late John Sessock; and Jessica and Jonathan Smith, children of Jonathan and Beatrice Russo-Smith, White Haven.

Solgama and Mele presented certificates to the new inductees of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS). The purpose of the society 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. A student must have and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, must be enrolled in at least one honors or upper-level science course during or prior to 11th grade, must be enrolled in at least one second-year honors or upper-level science course during or prior to 12th grade, and must maintain a B+ average (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) across all science courses to be a member.

MMI’s newly inducted members of the Science National Honor Society from the Mountaintop/White Haven residents:

Seniors: Ali Aijaz, Niklas Byriel, Katie Eschenbach, daughter of David and Maureen Eschenbach, Drums; Joey Kress, son of Jessica Holliday, Drums; Allison McGeehan, Keenan Overa, Kisan Patel, and Jessica and Jonathan Smith.