The Alumni Achievement Award… was created in 1997 to honor alumni in one specific award area. These areas include:
- Career Achievement
- Academic Excellence
- Community Service
While nominations are accepted at anytime, they must be received by October 1 to be considered for the following year. Alumni Achievement Awards are presented at the Alumni-Senior Dinner held in the spring.
MHS Recognizes Outstanding Alumni Achievements
Three alumnae, seniors honored during Alumni Fellowship Weekend
During the annual Alumni-Senior Fellowship Dinner, Milton Hershey School honored three outstanding graduates for their academic, career and community service accomplishments: Melissa (Peeples) Fullmore ’91, Sandra (Escobosa) Guynes ’94 and Sultana Karim ’08.
“I am humbled by the amazing triumphs of our alumni, who are making an impact in education, business, government, medicine, art, music, philanthropy and so many other areas,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85. “Along with being great role models for our students, these women also are using their education, talents and passions to make a difference in their communities. This is a virtue we strive to instill in our students.”
About the honorees:
Melissa (Peeples) Fullmore received the Career Achievement Award. She currently serves as the aspiring ed-leaders program officer with the Teaching Trust. She has worked in education for 18 years in various roles, including as a principal in Tallahassee, Fla., where she led her school to the highest learning gains in the district. She also was instrumental in the passage of legislation in Fla. to ensure educational equality.
Sandra Guynes received the Community Service Award. She founded Pearls for Creative Healing, a domestic violence awareness and recovery program. She also created the “End the Silence” photography project to provide domestic violence survivors the opportunity to represent their stories with a photo shoot, complete with a hair, makeup and pampering session. The project gained national attention for the issue of domestic violence.
Sultana Karim received the Academic Achievement Award. A graduate of Lock Haven University, she received several scholarships for her demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and community service. While attending The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she received the Dean Scholarship and the Opportunities Scholarship. In October 2014, she completed her master’s degree in counseling psychology with a 3.9 GPA. She is pursuing her professional counseling license in Md. and working with victims of abuse.
MHS also honored three seniors in the same categories as the alumni: Joshua Arledge, Vincent Donaghey and Tazia Rice. The seniors also were to be honored during Commencement weekend.
Joshua Arledge ’15 received the Student Career Achievement Award. An honor student and active member of various campus organizations, Josh started a program called “Sign Time” where he taught MHS elementary students sign language along with other spiritual messages. He also was awarded a scholarship from the Hershey-Palmyra Sertoma Club, which advocates for the deaf community. Noted for his passion and desire to serve the deaf community, he completed an internship at Fishburn Methodist Church where he worked with the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. He plans to serve the deaf community as a career and was accepted to Gallaudet University for the Deaf to major in education for the deaf.
Vincent Donaghey ’15 was honored for community service. Vincent established his reputation for service as a volunteer for the Friends for the Poor in his hometown of Scranton, Pa., before enrolling at MHS. At MHS he continued with service through National Honor Society, as a student Spartan Ambassador, and most notably as a junior fire fighter with the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, where he devoted countless hours volunteering and earning numerous lifesaving and safety certifications as a member. He pursued a certification for Basic Vehicle Rescue. He plans to study bio-engineering at Lehigh University with the goal of focusing on prosthetic design.
Tazia Rice ’15 was honored for academic excellence. During high school, she carried a rigorous academic schedule including six honors-level courses, and she finished the fall 2014 semester with a numeric grade average greater than 94 percent for her entire high school career. She was one of the “Temple 15” who were enrolled in a full college-credit load during spring 2015 with Temple University while remaining on campus. A member of National Honor Society, she also received the following awards: Academic Honor Roll, Hershey Rotary Club Student of the Month, and Effort and Conduct Award. In addition to excelling academically, she was involved in a variety of activities and held leadership positions within several organizations. Tazia plans to continue her educational career at Messiah College.
Previous Alumni Achievement Award Winners
Maria Kraus ’89 – Career Accomplishments
Michael Ion ’76 – Community Service
Arielle Simoncelli ’07 – Academic Excellence
Marilyn Pantoja ’03 – Community Service
Christopher Clark ’02 – Academic Excellence
Marcus Paul James ’99 – Career Accomplishments
Bill Coskey ’79 – Community Service
Anna-Christine Scull ’07 – Academic Excellence
Richard Shadel ’54 – Community Service
Christopher Kulish ’06 – Academic Excellence
Phillipa Ashby ’89 – Career Accomplishments
Tom Mills ’78 – Community Service
Sheila Dietrich ’92 – Academic Excellence
Kimberly Bishop Elenberg ’88 – Career Accomplishments
Rasheeda Grant ’99 – Community Service
Cordel Robbin-Coker ’04 – Academic Excellence
Emmanuel “Kofi” Brown ’94 – Career Accomplishments
Bill Schlegel ’70 – Community Service
Elvis Torres ’97 – Academic Excellence
Trymaine Lee ’96 – Career Accomplishments
Michelle Hand ’93 – Community Service
Tichianaa Timmons Armah ’95 – Academic Excellence
Joanne Troischt Gagnon ’85 – Career Accomplishments
William Eckley ’54 – Community Service
Kevin Jayne ’97 – Academic Excellence
James Longacre ’67 – Career Accomplishments
Deesha Dyer ’95 – Community Service
John Mueller ’92 – Academic Excellence
Heidi Willis ’83 – Career Accomplishments
Roy Guss ’43 – Community Service
James Altland ’91 – Academic Excellence
April (Humphries) Hall ’88 – Career Accomplishments
John Sheaffer ’46 – Community Service
Peter Trinh ’88 – Academic Excellence
Andrew Ribaudo ’89 – Career Accomplishments
Harvey Deitrich ’34 – Community Service
Sterling Ashby ’87 – Academic Excellence
Phillip Norris ’72 – Career Accomplishments
John Moore ’53 – Community Service
Nicholas Nissley ’84 – Academic Excellence
S. Lee Strayer ’68 – Career Accomplishments
James Hanawalt ’65 – Community Service
J. Anthony Graves ’87 – Academic Excellence
Gerald Ballough ’76 – Career Accomplishments
James Breneman ’76 – Community Service
Mary (Trinh) Pentel ’86 – Academic Excellence
Joseph Sensor ’74 – Career Accomplishments
William Henry ’65 – Community Service
Alan Krashesky ’78- Career Accomplishments
John Manwiller ’48 – Community Service