Milton Hershey School Recognizes Outstanding Alumni and Student Achievements
Three alumni and three seniors honored during Alumni Fellowship Weekend.
On Friday, April 20, Milton Hershey School honored three outstanding graduates with Alumni Achievement Awards. The annual awards, developed in 1997, recognize graduates for their academic, career, and community service accomplishments. Corresponding awards also were presented to current MHS seniors.
The alumni honorees include Jeff Cornielle ’99, Seneca Ambrosino ’97, and Roland Adewumi ’98. The student award recipients include seniors Jared Ross, Katie Muir, and Susanna Compare.
About the alumni honorees:
- Jeff Cornielle ’99 received the Alumni Achievement Award for Career Accomplishment. Cornielle is the officer in charge at the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific detachment in Guam. His command is responsible for training and certifying all of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed submarines. He enlisted in 2000 and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from The Citadel in 2008. During his time at The Citadel, he also completed a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State University. In 2014, Cornielle completed his master’s degree in engineering management from Penn State University.
- Seneca Ambrosino ’97 received the Alumni Achievement Award for Academic Excellence. Ambrosino is a 2001 graduate of Dickinson College, where he double majored in international studies and Italian studies while also studying in Poland and Italy—becoming fluent in both languages. After graduating, he taught English in Italy for a year and earned his master’s degree in European studies in Italian from the University of Florence. He worked at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and spent 10 years in government service, working in the U.S. and abroad. Ambrosino returned to academics, obtaining a master’s degree in international relations at the University of Cambridge in England.
- Roland Adewumi ’98 received the Alumni Achievement Award for Community Service. In 2012, Adewumi established a company called Global Kingdom Funding Group—a platform for humanitarian initiatives around the world. In 2016, he partnered with several Nigerian companies through a project called Operation Feed the People to provide food to people in Nigeria. The project spread to serve the city of East Orange, New Jersey where Adewumi is a pastor at Star House International Church. He also volunteers as a guest speaker at MHS and plans to collaborate with MHS students on various STEAM initiatives.
About the student honorees:
- Jared Ross received the Student Career Achievement Award. Ross has consistently been named to the distinguished honor roll and effort and conduct honor roll. He is a member of National Honor Society and Student Government Association, and was a recipient of the Rotary Student of the Month. Ross is a member of varsity football and track & field teams and participates in numerous clubs and volunteer activities. In the summer of 2017, Ross participated in the Wharton School of Business, Leadership in the Business World summer program, a prestigious month-long program for rising high school seniors from around the world. He also traveled to Ghana as part of Milton Hershey School’s Multicultural and Global Education program.
- Katie Muir received the Student Academic Excellence Award. She has taken honors courses throughout her high school career and is one of the top academic students in her class. She finished the fall semester with a cumulative grade point average greater than 96 percent. Muir has enhanced her capacity for learning by taking college level courses and five Advanced Placement classes during the last three years. She also has been Rotary Student of the Month and Student of the Marking Period, and served as president of the Student Government Association. In 2017, Muir was recognized as the weShare grand prize winner for her global non-profit project she created after traveling to Peru and attending a global leadership summit organized by Education First.
- Susanna Compare received the Student Community Service Award. Compare is devoted to a life of service. She helped plan and coordinate the MHS Mini-THON, collected donations at Cornerstone Youth Center, assembled food boxes at Central PA Food Bank, and was honored with the Citizenship Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for her work raising $11,831 for the cause. She has been active in the school’s Mock Trial Team and Student Government Association—serving as the facilitator of M.O.L.D., the school’s mentoring program. She was honored as a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and served as a resident assistant at her Transitional Living facility. Compare also placed first in 2016 and 2017 in the Hershey Rotary Speech Contest and interned at the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.
Each spring, MHS acknowledges accomplished alumni along with seniors, leading up to the announcement of the Alumnus of the Year, which will take place later this spring.