Local students at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland, Luzerne County, were inducted into the National Art Honor Society on April 18.
The students inducted into MMI's Chroma Chapter were Paige Darrow, daughter of John and Gertie Darrow, Hazleton; Jake Driscoll, son of John and Susan Driscoll, Hazle Township; Lindsey Joseph, daughter of Timothy and Georgiann Joseph, Drums; Cindi Landmesser, daughter of Philip Landmesser and Teresa Zierden-Landmesser, Sugarloaf; Hannah Lesitsky, daughter of Neil and Julie Lesitsky, Albrightsville; Nicholas O'Clair, son of Timothy and Candice O'Clair, Drums; Robert Rosamelia, son of Elizabeth Rosamelia, Hazleton; Mariah Serra, daughter of Maureen Serra, Conyngham, and Jamie Serra, Sugarloaf; Hayle Shearer, daughter of Lisa and John Ferry, Drums, and Scott Shearer; and Marianne Virnelson, daughter of Kathleen Virnelson, Fern Glen.
Honor society officers are Alexandra Baran, president; Chiarra Overpeck, vice president; and Farrah Qadri, secretary.
During the induction ceremony, Head of School Thomas Hood welcomed guests and art instructor Lisa Ferry explained the purpose of the art honor society. The guest speaker was Noelle Brandmier, a 2006 graduate of MMI who works as an animator for Workinman LLC, an entertainment-based content creation company that specializes in creating games for the youth market. Following the program, guests were able to view artwork prepared by members of the honor society while enjoying refreshments.
The MMI Chroma Chapter of the National Art Honor Society was established last year. The National Art Honor Society, established by the National Art Education Association, emphasizes art, scholarship, character and service and aims to inspire and recognize high school students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.