MMI student earns award at FBLA Nationals


(Freeland, PA – July 9, 2015) – Emily Seratch, a 2015 MMI Preparatory School graduate, placed sixth in the competitive event of Client Service at the 2015 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Seratch, the daughter of Frank and Sarah Seratch of Hazleton, earned national recognition among thousands of other high school students. A total of 11,000 students gathered from all over the country to compete for national accolades. Among those competitors were 400 students from Pennsylvania, including five representatives from MMI.

In addition to Seratch, Syed Qadri, Allison McGeehan, Jessica Smith and Jonathan Smith received high scores at the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey in April, earning the right to compete at the national level. Qadri is the son of Syed and Saffiyah of Drums, McGeehan is the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan of Drums, and Jessica and Jonathan Smith are the daughter and son of Jonathan Smith and Beatrice Russo-Smith of White Haven.

After competing in their respective events, the MMI students had the opportunity to attend business workshops, network with other students and leading professionals within the FBLA organization, and visit some of Chicago’s best-known attractions. The students also had the chance to meet and dine with Jed Sielberg, MMI Class of ’92, at Webber’s Grill in Downtown Chicago.

FBLA Adviser Katherine Zucco accompanied the group and said it was exciting to follow these students on their journey.

“The real victory for me has been watching these students step up to the challenge. The countless hours, weeks, and months they put into preparing for this makes them all champions, and it has been truly wonderful to be a part of their journey,” she said.

About MMI Preparatory School

For over 130 years, MMI Preparatory School has been providing dedicated area students with a comprehensive and inspiring 6th through 12th grade college preparatory program that maximizes each individual’s academic, social and character potential in preparation for success in college and beyond. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).  MMI is a school where every student can reach their full potential: academically, ethically and socially.  For more information about MMI Preparatory School, visit or call 570-636-1108.


PICTURED: MMI Preparatory School students recently competed at the 2015 FBLA National Leadership Conference. Pictured are, from left: Jessica Smith, Emily Seratch, Allison McGeehan, FBLA Advisor Katherine Zucco, Syed Qadri, and Jonathan Smith.