MMI students win Holocaust essay contest


(Freeland, PA – April 8, 2015) – Four MMI Preparatory School students won awards from the 20th Annual Israel T. and Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust essay contest. Morgan Long, son of David and Theresa Long, Drums, and Zachary Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland, both tied for first place in the middle school division of the competition and will receive $200. In the high school division, Joshua Narrow, son of Howard and Marie Narrow, Hazleton, won first place and will receive $200 and Luke Yamulla, son of Robert and Ann Yamulla, Sugarloaf, won second place and will receive $100.

Jennifer Novotney, MMI English teacher and faculty advisor for the competition, said, “I am so proud of all four of the essay contest winners. The Holocaust is a very difficult topic to write about and all of their essays capture the spirit of this terrible event’s memorial.”

The students will receive their awards on April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Agudas Israel Synagogue located at 77 North Pine Street, Hazleton. They will also read their prize-winning essays. The topic for the essay competition was, “In the Holocaust, the entire Jewish population was targeted for extermination. Could something like that happen again? What would be the first warning signs?” The contest was sponsored jointly by the Hazleton Jewish Community Council and the Greater Hazleton Ministerial Association.


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 are the Holocaust Essay contest winners, from left: Luke Yamulla, second place high school division; Zachary Young, tied for first place middle school division; Jennifer Novotney, MMI English Instructor and Faculty Advisor; Joshua Narrow, first place high school division; and Morgan Long, tied for first place middle school division.