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Brian Mays '11

Brian Mays, class of 2011, credits MMS with giving him a “real jumpstart on technology.” He vividly remembers the moment they “switched methods of education, from hands-on lessons and books to using technology alone” in the paperless 4th-grade classroom. He reflects on this as having given him a “true mix of learning styles,” that he carried with him, and that the immersive technology program made it so the “kids knew how to use computers just as well as our parents did at the time.” We argue that most of our students know how to use technology better than their parents do, and we know they have far more skills and experience than most of their peers across the country!

Shelby Lyles '12

Shelby says she learned a strong work and service ethic at MMS, and in high school she volunteered for Relay for Life all four years, serving on the executive board for three of those years. Shelby also has the distinction of raising the 2nd highest amount in the school’s history! In her free time, she was an English and writing tutor for middle school students, where she found she loves working with people. 

Kassi Tiedjens '13

Kassi moved to Pittsburgh in August of 2021 to begin a career in professional dance after having just graduated cum laude from Butler University with a double major in dance and psychology. She says she could have sought a position in a ballet company directly after high school as many talented young dancers do, but she wanted to “further her education,” and she is glad she did. 

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