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Milton Hershey School Lifer Feels Prepared for the Future

Fulfilling the Hersheys’ vision, more than 600 alumni have enrolled at Milton Hershey School in kindergarten or first grade—some even earlier. When a student finishes their schooling and graduates from MHS approximately 12 years later, these alumni become known as a “lifer.” As we prepare for Virtual Commencement Weekend 2021, several MHS lifers were interviewed to share their experience.

Milton Hershey School lifer Emily Foultz shares her MHS story

What does it mean to be an MHS lifer to you?

I enrolled at Milton Hershey School on Aug. 9, 2009 as a six-year-old. Growing up at MHS changed my life. Through the years here, I have met so many people that cared for my well-being, both physically and mentally. If it was not for MHS, I would not have made it out of high school. I am grateful to MHS for all the school has provided me through the years.

What is your fondest memory of Milton Hershey School?

One of my fondest memories is playing soccer on Sundays while in Elementary Division. It was one of my favorite days of the week, along with going to the pool, and seeing my older brother.

How has your time at MHS helped prepare you for life after graduation?

Milton Hershey School has given me so many life skills that have prepared me for the real world—like preparing for college and paying bills. After graduation, I plan on attending Manor College.

Who would you like to recognize for helping you through your time at the school?

I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Pecchio, my Elementary Division houseparents, who watched me grow up and become the young woman I am today. They taught me the importance of honesty and lifelong learning. I also would like to thank and recognize, Mr. and Mrs. McQuiddy, for also being amazing houseparents. Throughout my time at MHS, my houseparents have always supported me and walked alongside me through all of the struggles I faced.

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