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Milton Hershey School Boys Leadership Seminar Pushes Students to Excel

Milton Hershey School Senior Division students enhanced their character and leadership skills at the Boys Leadership Seminar held on March 25. The event—focused primarily on male students—reinforced the importance of compassionate leadership, developing a strong work ethic, and creating a sense of self.

The leadership seminar included a panel discussion led by MHS alumni from various professional backgrounds and life experiences. These conversations centered around the MHS Sacred Values—commitment to mission, integrity, positive spirit, and mutual respect—and The Compass Project, a school-wide initiative that challenges students to develop their skills through classroom and student home lessons. Responsible decision making and prioritization were consistent themes of the panel discussions. As a result, the seminar closely aligned with the school’s 2025 strategic plan, also known as the MILT Plan, which aims to equip students with Sacred Values-inspired character, skills, and work ethic to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Milton Hershey School students participate in the Boys Leadership Seminar.

Sharice Johnson, MHS Coordinator of Staff and Student Engagement credited senior Terek A. Lawson for the seminar’s popularity.

“Terek is passionate about taking advantage of the opportunities provided here at MHS,” Johnson said. “He even sent a personal request to all his senior peers to sign up for the event.”

As graduation approaches, Terek believes it is important for fellow seniors to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible.

“I adamantly believe complacency eliminates success,” Terek said. “My aim was to get as many seniors as possible, push them outside their comfort zone, and let them know that waiting for good things to happen won’t allow them to reach their goals.”

Terek described the seminar as “progress.” He was encouraged by students’ attentiveness, the presence of alumni, and staff involvement.

“The fact that the students decided to come at their own discretion on a Saturday morning is highly impressive, and it’s proof that they want to grow and learn,” he said.

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