2012 Spartan Hall of Fame Inductees

Recognizing the achievements of students, teams, or staff members

A new class of Milton Hershey School alumni and employees was inducted into the Spartan Hall of Fame as part of the School’s Homecoming 2012 celebration.

Designed to recognize the hard work and talents of past and present School community members who have brought honor to MHS through athletics and visual and performing arts, the Spartan Hall of Fame provides inspiration to MHS students and staff of today and tomorrow. Members of the Spartan Hall of Fame are either graduates of MHS or current or retired staff members, and some have been honored posthumously. The 2012 class included 8 alumni and two teams.

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Spartan Hall of Fame inductees and family members representing them were hosted by cabinet members of the MHS Student Government Association. Seated, from left, Reggie Wells ’75, Carol J. Gilmore ’82, Tim Polito ’70, Jeanne Snow, Tom Maurer ’52, Thom Sanders ’55, Jerry Long ’55, John Feeney ’56, Richard Jackowsky ’55, Carol Radavsky, William Aberts, and Deborah Aberts. Standing, from left, MHS President Tony Colistra ’59, MHS junior Kayvon Asemani, seniors Nicole Velez and Desirae Jones, junior Lindell Swinson, senior Tierney Walls, Wil Kelman ’98, junior Noah Klemens, sophomore Mariam Oladipo, junior Brett Mabie, Jason Noble ’98, Jim Weidman ’68, Steve Heisey, Alpha Bah ’98, Dennis Moore, Adrian Thompson ’99, Jamarr Staples ’99, Scott Gray ’98, Cliff Ainsworth, Solomon Melson ’98, Dennis Mahaffey, sophomore Tatiana Ariola, Bob Guyer, and seniors Casey Garcelon and Robert Evans.

Visual and Performing Arts Inductees

Roberta (Hulick) Carey ’87
brought her talents to the stage not only through acting, but through set staging, design, and costumes. She acted in many performances including Hazel in Rest in Peace, Mother in Aesop’s Fable Machine, Widow Jones in To Burn a Witch, Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You, and Mary in Stolen Identity. She also aided the stage crew Parent Weekend Show, Oh Brother, and The Zombie. When Carey wasn’t acting or helping with stage management, she dedicated her time to helping with worship services. In addition, she was in the band front, Girls Chorus, Spartan Players, International Thespian Society, for which she served as stage manager and vice president; Varsity Choir, for which she served as president; softball; Student Senate; Student Home Council; and Student Broadcasting Network, for which she was a writer and announcer.

Melanie Gerald ’97
was known for her singing abilities and her many years of dancing. She was a member of New Horizons, the Varsity and Gospel Choirs, District Choir, Chorus, and Susquehanna Youth Chorale. She was also a dancer during all four years of high school. Not only did she dance and sing, but she was also a Spartan Player and a member of International Thespian Society. This “triple threat” not only was a talented performer, but was an excellent student. She was in National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, student home president, and took classes at Lebanon Valley College.

Carol J. Gilmore ’82
took to the stage right away in high school, becoming a member of the International Thespian Society (ITS) as a freshman. Taking advantage of opportunities available to her at MHS, she participated in the Mid-Susquehanna Arts in Education Council Summer Program for Youth in the Arts, for which she earned a scholarship for drama and voice in 1979, and toured Europe with American Music Abroad Choir Tour in 1980. She was also named a finalist and the following year runner-up in the Optimist Oratorical Contest, Delaware-Eastern Pennsylvania District, 1978 and 1979. In the area of visual and performing arts, Gilmore was a member of the Spartan Players, New Horizons, Varsity Band, and earned selection to District Choir in 1981. A well-rounded student, she was also involved in field hockey, swimming, softball, Senior Senate, Student Cabinet, Student Leadership Society, the Spartan and Acropolis staffs, and Library Club. Gilmore served as a peer counselor and class historian, and was editor-in-chief of The Spartan her senior year.

George L. Moore ’37
honored posthumously, was noted to be “the best musician ever to be graduated by Hershey Industrial School.” According to the Acropolis, “He was a good singer, an excellent pianist, and practically a wizard violinist.” Moore spent two years in the Glee Club, Violin Ensemble, and the Orchestra, as well as one year in Music Theory Club. Through these clubs, he participated in many school holiday programs in which his skills as a musician were applauded.

Harry Snow ’43
also honored posthumously, charmed the student body with his tenor voice. He participated in Band and Choir, and was a tenor soloist for two years. In addition, he dedicated four years to the Glee Club and Dramatic Club. Snow also was in Boy Scouts and Pageant. After graduation, he continued his music career on Broadway. Some of his performances included roles in “Pardon Our French”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Mister Roberts”, “Once upon a Mattress.” Among the highlights of his career was having had the chance to perform in front of John F. Kennedy and the King of Morocco. Following successful musical and acting career, he was named Alumnus of the Year in 1969.

Athletic Inductees

Thomas Maurer ’52
was nominated as the Most Nearly Ideal Senior, and for good reason. Maurer was a three-season athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He was a stand-out wide receiver for the football team, captain of the basketball team, and a great pitcher, even earning a scholarship to Lafayette College for baseball. Not only did he distinguish himself as a talented athlete, he had natural leadership abilities. He served as the student home officer as well as the junior class president and senior class president.

Timothy Polito ’70
distinguished himself as an amazing athlete through his participation in baseball, football, gymnastics, and track and field. On the football field, he played as a half back and a kicker; while at the baseball diamond he pitched and played right field. At the track, Polito ran the 100-yard dash, threw shot put and discus, and competed in the long jump. As for gymnastics, his strength and athleticism allowed him to compete on the still rings, parallel bars, and high bars. Polito also played drums in the band and orchestra.

Reginald “Reggie” Wells ’75
showed incredible talent as a basketball player while at MHS. He was a top mention as a junior for the “Big 15” and selected to be a part of the “Big 15” senior year. He was captain of the basketball team during the first winning basketball championship, but was also an outstanding leader off the court. He scored a total of 1,325 career points and broke the all-time MHS rebounding record. Considered the ideal “coach’s player,” Wells demonstrated abilities as a basketball player that will always be remembered.

The 1954-55 Spartan Basketball Team, under Coach Ned Linta, has one of the best records in MHS history as a team and as individuals. As a team, they broke records for total combined team points scored in one game, they had the best foul shooting percentage in a single game, and had four starters included in the top 21 scorers of the Central Penn League. As a team, they also broke many MHS varsity basketball records including most points scored by a Spartan Basketball Team in a single season (1,320), highest game point average (60.7), most team points scored in a single game (83), most foul shots in a single game (31), and season (368), and the first Spartan quintet to have all five starters score at least 100 points during a single season. Individually, Tom Sanders scored the most points in a single game (35), and had the most points scored in a single season (359). Jerry Long also broke the MHS record for having the most consecutive foul shots made in a single game (14). Through Tom Sanders’ offensive threat, the daring Tom O’Donnell, Jerry Long’s aggressiveness, Richard Jackowsky’s shooting abilities, and John Radavsky’s play setting and ball handling, the 1954-55 Basketball Team will be remembered as fierce competitors and talented athletes.

The 1997 Football Team made MHS history when they became the only undefeated team at MHS and in District 3 that year. The Spartan Football Team was known not only for their athleticism, but for their character, spirit, unity, and sportsmanship. The team was awarded the Joseph F. Bruno, Jr. Sportsmanship Award and was named “Program of the Year” in PIAA District 3 by Sports Fever Magazine. Jameel Addison ’98, Alpha Bah ’98, Mike Scott ’98, Jason Noble ’98, Wil Kelman ’98, Solomon Melson ’98, and Jamar Staples ’99 were all named to the Mid-Penn District 3 All Star Team for their exceptional skills on the football field. Though they had exceptional talent, they combined this talent with remarkable character which led them to always be remembered as one of the greatest football teams at MHS.