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Milton Hershey School Teacher Recognized as Only Female to Graduate PA Army Officer Candidate School

Milton Hershey School Middle Division teacher and field hockey coach, Analyse Gaspich to graduate from U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS). She spent 15 months training and is now a second lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

As the only female to persevere through the rigorous course in Pennsylvania, Analyse was recognized as the top leader of her class at graduation.

Analyse Gaspich with family at officer graduation

Photo of Analyse with family at graduation (left to right): Jan (MHS Cross Country and Track and Field coach), Paul (MHS Law, Public Safety, and Security teacher), Analyse (MHS Middle Division math teacher), and brother, Nicolas, who serves in the 193rd Special Operations Wing.

“Any soldier who graduates from Pennsylvania’s OSC has pushed themselves and stayed disciplined to graduate the program,” Analyse said. “I believe that being held to the same standard as all soldiers is necessary because as a leader you need to set the bar high and rise above it.”

Analyse’s father, Paul Gaspich, also works at MHS as a Law, Public Safety, and Security teacher. Father and daughter dual-coach the MHS Middle Division field hockey team.

MHS field hockey team picture

“I have seen, firsthand, the impact Analyse has at MHS as a positive role model for all, but especially our young ladies on the field hockey team,” Paul said. “The girls are empowered by being around Analyse, and she is a living example of the power of women and breaking down stereotypes.”

Analyse hopes to encourage students to challenge themselves, set goals, and work hard to achieve them.

Analyse Gaspich in training

“Do not allow age, gender, or anything else to determine your future,” Analyse said. “I was raised in a household where there were no boundaries for what you could achieve as long as you worked hard, showed dedication, and did the right thing.”

Her next step is to attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to complete her qualification as a military intelligence officer.

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