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Grandparents Encourage Enrollment at MHS

By Haley Shurock, 10th grade

I became a student at Milton Hershey School because of my grandparents, who are my guardians. My grandma heard about the school because she lived nearby in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She knew MHS has great academic success and endless opportunities for low-income children like me. My family learned more about the application process and decided that it would be smart for me to enroll.

MHS student with grandparents

With my grandparents being older, they knew it was best for me to get a good education and have a mother and father figure in my life. They wanted me to succeed and knew that I wouldn’t make it anywhere if I stayed at home, due to the poor education system in Shamokin.

My favorite part about MHS is the lifelong relationships that you build. I have networked with a large variety of staff and fellow peers and all have made a lasting impact on my life.

MHS student with staff member

I am involved with student activities that keep me busy and provide structure. I participate in field hockey, the M.O.L.D. mentoring program, Student Government Association, and I am a student ambassador.

I have had amazing houseparents throughout my eight years at MHS. They have all pushed me to be my greatest self. They have taught me many lessons such as advocating for myself, leadership skills, and helping me fully understand my time management skills. I know that many houseparent couples have made an extraordinary impact on my classmates at MHS, too.

MHS student and houseparents

I would like to go to college and major in human development and family studies. I plan on pursuing a job in the field of childcare. My master plan after MHS is to make an impact on someone’s life, just like many at MHS have done for me.


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