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Alumni Success StoriesCategory: Class of 2000-2009

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.

Kay Oyegun ’05

As an eighth-grader, Kay Oyegun ’05 made one of the first moves of her life when she moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Hershey to attend Milton Hershey School. After hearing...

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Jay Jeanette Diaz Auxier ’02

Jay Jeanette Diaz Auxier ’02 was born to be a Spartan. At a very early age, she experienced incredible challenges that forced her to learn responsibility and independence. “I came...

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Fonati Ward ’01

When Fonati Ward ’01 describes her life, she sums it up in one word: ‘blessed.’ Fonati enrolled at Milton Hershey School as a third-grader and said it was divine intervention...

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Julie Viera ’09

As a fourth-grader, Julie Viera ’09 thought she was visiting a museum when she first stepped on the Milton Hershey School campus and learned she would live there. “Before I...

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Chris Clark ’02

Chris Clark ’02 gets nostalgic when he visits Catherine Hall and compares the school to the memories he formed as an MHS student. After growing up in Steelton, PA, Chris...

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Ashley Barriner-Byrd ’01

From a young age, Ashley Barriner-Byrd ’01 wanted to see the world. Her mother was a flight attendant and told her stories about traveling. When Ashley arrived at Milton Hershey...

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Mercedes Grubb ’09

Mercedes Grubb ’09 arrived at MHS as a cautious second-grader. She found her path through athletics by joining the elementary soccer program, and playing softball and field hockey throughout high...

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Trachanda Garcia ’02

When Trachanda Garcia ’02 arrived at Milton Hershey School in 1998, she had an interest in politics, world events, and global affairs. “I knew I wanted to do something internationally,...

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Phil McClain ’07

When Phil McClain ’07 arrived at Milton Hershey School in 1999, he had no idea that a simple chore would impact his future career path. As a sixth-grader, Phil was...

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Garry Gilliam ’09

Garry Gilliam ’09 enrolled at Milton Hershey School when he was seven years old. His mother, Thelma Shifflet, knew it was the best decision she could make for her young...

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Sam Shouse ’08

Growing up in Rochester, Pennsylvania, Sam Shouse ’08 lived with his single mother and two sisters. His mother always saw the value in a strong education and sent Shouse and...

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Tieya Greene ’03

When she was in fourth grade, Tieya Greene ’03 began her journey at Milton Hershey School. Raised by a single mother in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Tieya says enrolling at MHS was...

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Mason Symons ’07

When Mason Symons ’07 enrolled at Milton Hershey School, he described himself as an “angry kid.” Thanks to wrestling, he quickly found his place on campus and learned what it...

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JD Sacharok ’08

JD Sacharok ’08 enrolled at Milton Hershey School when he was 7  years old. Eleven years later, Sacharok graduated with a solid understanding of how to persevere through challenges and...

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