Pair of MMI Preparatory School students win Pennsylvania Science Olympiad medals


(Freeland, PA – April 16, 2015) – Two MMI Preparatory School students placed in the top five at the recent Pennsylvania Science Olympiad, which was held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Freshmen Cole Wenner and John Malay both received a fourth-place medal in the mid-school division during the competition. MMI also had a team compete in the prep school category. Wenner is the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Lehighton, and Malay is the son of John and Kathryn Malay of Jim Thorpe.

The Pennsylvania Science Olympiad (PASO) was founded in 1985 and has grown from a field of 30 teams competing in one place to more than 300 teams meeting in six regional locations across the state. The organization is devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education.

The competition increases the quality of science education at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels by providing learning opportunities and hosting regional and state tournaments. Currently, more than 8,000 students and more than 800 teachers from 300 middle and high schools participate in PASO, along with more than 1,000 faculty, staff, and college student volunteers.


SCIENCE OLYMPIAD FOURTH PLACE CAPTION: Pictured are, from left:  fourth-place medalists Cole Wenner and John Malay.


Science Olympiad 2

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 2 CAPTION: Pictured are, first row, from left: Katie McGuire, Louis DeAngelo, Ethan Stine, Cole Rineheimer, James Kelly, Elizabeth Borchick, Jessica McClellan, Bailey Slusser, Madeline Dryfoos, Christine Park, Kaitlyn McGeehan, and Elise Hreha. Second row: Science Olympiad advisor Mary-Lee Hood, Morgan Long, Coleman Smith, Alexander Sessock, Zachary Young, Tessa Peluso, Heaven Merenich, Desiree Petrick, Summer Evancho, Amanda Kalada- Kania, Alyssa Sweda, Abigail Paul, Anna Haber, Sydney Karpowich, and Kyle McGuire. Third row: Reilley DeStefano, Tyler Degenhart, Michael Eisenhart, Andrew Decker, Wesley Guarneri, Daniel McBride., Aaron Harman,  Cole Wenner, Jack Malay, Kyle Falatko, Joshua Kalada-Kania, Jett Chen, Garrett Kost, and Science Olympiad advisor  Timothy Garvey.