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Alumni Success StoriesCategory: Class of 1980-1989

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.

Kenneth Eason ’83

As a young boy, Kenneth Eason ’83 did not exude self-esteem. Growing up in north Philadelphia, Eason was bullied as a child and struggled with the passing of his father....

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2020 Alumnus of the Year: Charles Seidel ’87

Charles “Chuck” Seidel ’87 is a decorated, retired Air Force officer who came out of retirement to serve as a subject matter expert supporting the U.S. in its fight against...

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Tom Firestone ’88

Tom Firestone ’88 always had a love for visual art. Even before he arrived at Milton Hershey School, he knew his career path would lead him to Hollywood. “I remember...

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2017 Alumnus of the Year: Eric Welsh ’84

Milton Hershey School has named retired Col. Eric Welsh ’84 the 2017 Alumnus of the Year, recognizing his global humanitarian efforts, 28-year military career, and selfless service to homeless veterans....

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Dr. Nadine Hokayem ’89

When Dr. Nadine Hokayem ’89 talks about Milton Hershey School, she gets nostalgic. “I instantly start reminiscing,” Nadine said. “I have wonderful memories. My experience with everyone at Milton Hershey...

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Virgil Whitsett ’81

When Virgil Whitsett ’81 was eight years old, he enrolled at Milton Hershey School after his science teacher recommended the school to his mother. “My father died when I was...

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Lynn Scully ’81

Lynn Scully ’81 describes her experience at Milton Hershey School as life-changing. “[When] I was enrolled, my mother was trying to raise three daughters on minimum wage,” Lynn said. “She...

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Tim Quade ’86

Tim Quade ’86 summarizes his experience at Milton Hershey School in one word: family. “Milton Hershey School was a true Godsend for me,” Tim said. “My mother was on welfare,...

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Bridget Savadge ’87

When asked to describe her time at Milton Hershey School, Bridget Savadge ’87 says it allowed her to dream. “Milton Hershey School allowed me to see a life that I...

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Anthony Oakley ’82

When asked for a specific characteristic he learned at Milton Hershey School, Anthony Oakley ’82 is quick to share his respect for other people and his strong work ethic. Anthony...

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Jeff Cooke, Sr. ’83

Jeff Cooke, Sr. ’83 describes his time at Milton Hershey School as transformative. When he was growing up he recognized that he was headed down a bad path, not because...

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Chuck and Cyndi Seidel ’87

Chuck and Cyndi Seidel both graduated from Milton Hershey School in 1987. Chuck recently retired as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force after a 27-year military career. He...

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John Foley ’83

John Foley ’83 is actively involved in the Hershey community. He is the Chairman of the Derry Township Supervisors and joined the Derry Township Industrial & Commercial Development Authority in...

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2009 Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Mary (Trinh) Pentel ’86

Dr. Mary (Trinh) Pentel ’86 was the 2009 Alumna of the Year and the first female to earn this honor. She is the owner of Southside Dermatology in Jacksonville, Fla.,...

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