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Alumni Success StoriesCategory: Class of 1970-1979

MHS Graduates Making a Positive Impact

Thousands of Milton Hershey School graduates have found their own way to make a positive impact on the world. Their dedication to building an impactful life is, in part, due to the foundation built at MHS. Now, by sharing their stories, our alumni serve as role models and help set the foundation for new generations of Milts.

Read on to learn more about the accomplished alumni of Milton Hershey School.

2019 Alumnus of the Year: William C.B. Harding ’78

William Charles Ballough Harding ’78 is changing lives by creating solutions to global healthcare challenges through the development of new and improved medical devices. As the chair of the 336...

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Larry Lisenby ’73

Larry Lisenby ’73 was in fifth grade when he moved from Hamburg, New Jersey to Hershey, Pennsylvania to attend Milton Hershey School. As an orphan, he was being raised by...

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Sean Ryan ’71

My story is very similar to that of many of my classmates. I grew up in a fatherless home in a coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania—a small town called Bobtown—with...

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2016 Alumnus of the Year: Johnny Mills ’75

Milton Hershey School named Johnny Mills ’75 the 2016 Alumnus of the Year, recognizing his talent as a renowned musician and the example of excellence and philanthropy he sets for...

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Rusty Ryan ’78

When Rusty Ryan ’78 was in elementary school, his father passed away. His mother enrolled Rusty and his brothers at Milton Hershey School. “I can still remember my first day,”...

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Steve Sciulli ’75

When Steve Sciulli ’75 was in third grade, his father passed away. His aunt introduced him to Milton Hershey School, and his family decided he should apply. “I applied, was...

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Tom Connelly ’72

If there’s one piece of advice Tom Connelly ’72 would pass along to current and future students at Milton Hershey School, it’s to find something that enriches your life. “Take...

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David Allwein ’74

David Allwein ’74 credits his sister’s persistence and influence for helping him enroll at Milton Hershey School. “My mom passed away when I was 8-years-old and my father couldn’t care...

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Jeff Sypolt ’77

Jeff Sypolt ’77 is the chief of occupational safety and health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His ultimate goal at his job is to eliminate injury...

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Rodney Drake ’79

 “MHS saved my life.” That’s how strongly Rodney Drake feels about his time at Milton Hershey School. Drake graduated in 1980 and spent 27 years in the Army before retiring...

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