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Alex Heider

Alex Heider graduated in 2008 from Milton Hershey School. He now works as a photojournalist/satellite truck operator with WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. Alex credits his time at MHS for helping him find his passion for storytelling.

At the age of 11, while living in Johnstown, Pa., Alex’s father died of a massive heart attack. Just three days later, on the morning of his father’s funeral, Alex’s grandfather died. Within one week, 11 year-old Alex was a pallbearer at both of their funerals.

His aunt learned about MHS from a commercial on the radio. “Even after coming and looking at the school I was determined that I didn’t want to go,” Alex said.

But it was at MHS that Alex found his passion. Like other students, Alex studied a Career Technical Pathway, focusing on Electronic Media and Journalism.  He worked on Spartan TV and just weeks after graduation, he went to work at a TV station in Harrisburg, Pa.

Alex says he knew he didn’t need to go to college after graduation. “College isn’t for everyone. I had the skills (from MHS) to do what I wanted to do. I would not be here, have the job I have, without the school.”

In his current position with a Nashville TV station, Alex has covered trips of the President, NFL play-off games, Stanley Cup hockey play-offs, and  Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festivals.

Rand Travis with Alex Heider

Alex Heider ’08 is pictured with country music legend Randy Travis.

MHS Success Stories

At Milton Hershey School, the success of our alumni is immeasurable. Thousands of Milts are making their own footprints on the world as productive contributors to society. Our graduates serve an important role in the MHS family as role models for generations to come.  Learn more about our accomplished alumni  by reading their inspiring Success Stories.

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