2021 Hall of Fame Inductees
Milton Hershey School Inducts Top Alumni into 2021 Spartan Hall of Fame
Milton Hershey School is proud to honor its newest group of distinguished alumni and coaches, the 2021 Spartan Hall of Fame inductees.
The 2021 class of inductees celebrates the achievements of eight graduates, a former coach, and an athletic team in the areas of athletics and visual and performing arts.
To be considered for induction into the Spartan Hall of Fame, an individual must be nominated and then vetted and approved by a selection committee. Nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship as students and since graduation.
Visual and Performing Arts Inductees
Reuben Confer, Class of 1991
- Selected for District Chorus and Regional Chorus
- Spartan Player
- President, International Thespian Society
- Participated in Varsity Band, Varsity Chorus, and the prestigious New Horizons
- Member of The Spartan newsletter staff and “MHS Today,” a student-produced television show
Holly (DiTullo) Heckman, Class of 1985
- Drum major for the Spartan Varsity Band
- Member of the band front and silks
- Jazz Band member
- Performed as a member of Girls Chorus and the prestigious New Horizons
- Played basketball, field hockey, and softball
- Participated in Student Senate, Student Home Council, and Student Leadership Society
- Inducted into National Honor Society
- Senior class secretary
Barry Love, Class of 1951 *
- Member of Varsity Choir, Octet, Quartet, and Dance Club all four years of high school
- Performed with the Glee Club during his junior and senior years
- Was a member of Spartan Orchestra
- Wrote the music and lyrics for the class song for the Class of 1951
- The Class of 1951 noted his music ability as a requirement to be considered for “nearly ideal senior.”
- Served as editor of the Industrialist during senior year
- 2003 MHS Alumnus of the Year
Ashley (Kelley) McCleve, Class of 2006
- Selected for the prestigious County Chorus and the Susquehanna Youth Chorale during junior and senior year
- Participated in Varsity Choir, Concert Band, and Dance all four years of high school
- Performed with the Spartan Marching Band and the Indoor Color Guard
- Performed with the MHS Hip Hop group as a junior
- As a senior, performed as part of the Praise and Worship ensemble and New Horizons
- After MHS, performed as a member of the Penn State University Marching Blue Band at the 2009 Tournament of Roses. In her third year as a member of the Blue Band, she also performed at the Outback Bowl in Florida and the Alamo Bowl in Texas
Nyugen Smith, Class of 1994
- Described by the visual arts teachers who know him as an outstanding visual artist while at MHS
- Was one of five students who volunteered to create a video for the “Goodwill Silver Mile” fundraising campaign during his senior year
- Won the United States National Award in English through the United States Achievement Academy
- Served as class president and was a member of the MHS wrestling team
- Went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts degree with a minor in Spanish and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Has returned to MHS to create a gallery installation, serve as a guest speaker for students, and teach a 3D product design course in the YRE program for two summers
Abe Koroma, Class of 2006
- Three-year starter on the Spartan Varsity Football Team on offense and defense
- Selected for the Mid-Penn Conference first team offensive and defensive lines his junior and senior year
- Selected most valuable defensive player in the Mid-Penn Conference during junior and senior year
- Selected for the Harrisburg Patriot News Platinum 33 team and the Associated Press Pennsylvania All State Football first team in Fall 2005
- Selected for the 2006 Big 33 Football Classic
- Received a full scholarship to play football at Penn State University
Stanley “Muzz” Maston, Class of 1947
- Named to the 1945 County All-Stars Football Team; the County All-Stars Team played the City All-Stars Team in a game at Hershey Stadium, and admission tickets were sold only to Victory Bond buyers to help finance World War II.
- The only Hershey Industrial School junior selected for the County All-Stars and the only junior on the HIS varsity football team
- Awarded the varsity letter as a junior
- Played football for four years, three of them on the varsity team as interscholastic sports were just beginning to resume as World War II was nearing an end
- Played both offense and defense and remembers often playing a full 60 minutes
- Also played basketball, wrestled, and participated in several intramural sports
Jessica (Corrado) Platt, Class of 1990
- As a freshman, placed in districts for the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and qualified for states in the 300 intermediate hurdles
- As a sophomore, placed first at districts for the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and at states placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore
- As a junior at districts, placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and first in the 300-meter hurdles; at states, placed fourth in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles
- As a senior, qualified for indoor nationals; at states, placed second in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and first in the 4×400 relay; at districts, placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, first in the 300-meter hurdles, first in the 4×400 relay, and fifth in the long jump
- Set school records in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and the long jump; Jessica’s records for the long jump, 17 feet, 8 inches, and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.08 still stand
Lewis K. Webster, Former Coach*
- Served the MHS community for more than 35 years as a teacher, coach, adviser, and mentor; retired in 2014
- As a coach and assistant coach, he was involved in many state-championship teams
- Coached varsity track and field athletes by preparing individual jumpers, with several of them placing at conference, district, and state competitions
- Assistant coach for the 1980 Boys’ Track and Field state championship team
- Served as a head coach of the varsity basketball team and guided his teams to win tournaments and make the play-offs
- Even after moving on from coaching to become director of student leadership, Lew continued to attend many athletic events and served at halftime or sold athletic wear at Homecoming games.
1980 Boys’ Track Team
- Milton Hershey School’s first state championship team; PIAA State Champions
- Under the leadership of head coach Bob Schelhorn and assistant coaches Leroy Galloway and Lew Webster, the team dominated PIAA AA track and field.
- Achieved an undefeated Capital Area Conference record with nine wins and no losses amidst stiff competition from very strong teams
- Capital Area Conference Champions
- District 3 Champions
- Team member Carlton Bleiler was Milton Hershey School’s first state gold medal winner in shot put with a throw of 59 feet, 4 inches.
- Carlton also won first place in discus, and TJ Johnson won first place in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints in state competition.
- The following Spartans put “points on the board” at districts: Carlton Bleiler, TJ Johnson, Jeff Choice, Vince Alston, Dennis Smith, Lyle Trumbull, Ari Puliatti, Virgil Whitsett, Tom Hess, Pete Smith, Mike Green, Ray Sinagra, and Bill Mills.
- The cumulative conference record from 1977 to 1980 for the seniors on the 1980 team was 35 wins and one loss to Palmyra in 1979. The 1980 team avenged the loss on Palmyra’s track.