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Alumni Success Stories

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.

Jesper Andersson ’17

Jesper Andersson ’17 was in seventh grade when he began his journey to Milton Hershey School. Before he enrolled at MHS, Jesper called many places and many states home. “I...

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Brandon Hurd ’09

After moving from Charlotte, North Carolina to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brandon Hurd ’09 enrolled at Milton Hershey School when he was 8 years old. “My mom had three kids and was...

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Deesha Dyer ’95: Alumni Advice

The Secret to Confidence Before coming to Milton Hershey School, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house. I always watched her balance a million things while still...

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Maya Quarles ’10

As a seventh-grader, Maya Quarles ’10 began her education at Milton Hershey School after her family moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania from Florida. “When I was in elementary school in Florida,...

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Terryl Ferrell ’16

After enrolling at Milton Hershey School in seventh grade from Philadelphia, Terryl Ferrell ’16 was excited for the chance to get involved at school—an opportunity he didn’t have at home....

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Madison Sottasante ’15

As a seventh-grader from Elizabethtown, PA, Madison Sottasante ’15 enrolled at Milton Hershey School after her mother started searching for better opportunities. “My mom was a single mom for the...

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Aaron Dabney ’08

As an eighth-grader from the south side of Chicago, Aaron Dabney ’08 was grieving the loss of some of his friends—who had been killed in gang violence—when he enrolled at...

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Yanibel Collado ’15

When Yanibel Collado ’15 was in ninth grade, she enrolled at Milton Hershey School and found her passion for running. Originally from Freeport, New York, moving to a more rural...

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Jazzirelle Sepulveda ’09

Two weeks before her 16th birthday, Jazzirelle Sepulveda ’09 enrolled at Milton Hershey School. She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but wasn’t a fully engaged student due to frequent moves...

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Kayvon Asemani ’14

When Kayvon Asemani ’14 enrolled at Milton Hershey School in fifth grade, he brought with him the idea that life was all about finding opportunities in every situation. It was...

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Nora Long ’12

Nora Long ’12 was 15 years old when she enrolled at Milton Hershey School from Reading, Pennsylvania. Although she was unsure of where her life was headed in that moment,...

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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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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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Churon Lanier-Martin ’16

On January 30, 2012, Churon Lanier-Martin ‘16 made one of the biggest moves of his life. He moved from Chester, Pennsylvania to Hershey, Pennsylvania to attend Milton Hershey School. As...

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