Milton Hershey School Student Competes in National Softball Tournament
Opportunities at and beyond Milton Hershey School are preparing senior Sarah Bradley for her future.
Sarah is the first MHS softball player to compete in a national club softball tournament. She joined the Keystone State Bombers 18U Gold team at the Triple Crown East Coast Summer Nationals. She and Coach Christina Aulbach traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the end of July for the experience.
Sarah learned she made the team only a week before the competition began. Aulbach and others prepared her to face teams from seven states.
“I knew this would be a level of softball I had never experienced,” Sarah said.
Sarah journaled to keep her focus on the importance of consistent hitting. The approach worked. She led the Bombers seven hits in 15 at-bats for a .467 batting average on the week.
She also experienced wins off the field. Playing with The Bombers gave Sarah the opportunity to interact with students outside of MHS.
“The team is a family at the end of the day,” she said.
Playing for the Keystone State Bombers is an opportunity Sarah never thought would be possible before enrolling at MHS. The school covers all registration, equipment, and travel costs.
Now back at MHS, Sarah is even more prepared to be a leader as she enters her final year of high school. She serves as student body president, student ambassador, member of Junior Chapel, member of the Mentoring Our Leaders Development Committee, Model United Nations participant, and a member of the field hockey team. That may seem like a lot, but MHS coaches, teachers, and staff help her maintain focus.
Playing for the Keystone State Bombers is one of several summer opportunities Sarah experienced through MHS. Two years ago, she took a summer class at Penn State University that exposed her to inequalities in education. Because of that class, she plans to study politics after graduation in June 2024 and work towards advocating for change.
Sarah believes everyone deserves a top-notch education, such as the one she receives at MHS.
“There is such a huge support system at MHS,” Sarah said. “I get to participate in all of these activities while keeping my education my top priority.”