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2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

Milton Hershey School Introduces the 2022 Spartan Hall of Fame Inductees

Milton Hershey School inducted 10 graduates into the Spartan Hall of Fame on Oct. 14 during Homecoming 2022. 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.

Visual and Performing Arts Inductees

Terrance Bradford, Class of 1992

Terrance was an outstanding student in the performing arts, where he excelled in instrumental and vocal music and in theater. He demonstrated his instrumental music talents through his participation in Marching Band, Varsity Band, Jazz Band, Honors Band, as first chair tuba in District Band, first chair tuba in Regional Band and Regional Orchestra, and first tuba in All State Orchestra. In the area of vocal music, Terrance participated in Varsity Chorus, Chamber and Gospel Choir, Honors Chorus, Men of Song, and New Horizons. In theater, he was a member of the Spartan Players, participated in the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School, and acted in “The Teen Age,” an ensemble play that placed first in All State Theater. In recognition of his achievements in theater, Terrance was inducted into the International Thespian Society. 

Beyond his participation in visual and performing arts, Terrance was a member of the Leadership Society and Student Senate. He was student home chaplain, a member of The Spartan staff, and a member of the track and field team.

Christie (Johnson) Lathan, Class of 2000

Christie was awarded the Visual Arts Award her senior year. In addition, she was a standout in visual and performing arts throughout high school. She was a member of the International Thespian Society and a Spartan Player. 

Beyond her involvement in the visual and performing arts, Christy participated in the Lebanon Valley College dual-enrollment program, Acropolis, and the Service-Learning Club, and she served as student body secretary. In addition, Christie played on the Lady Spartans basketball team all four years of high school and ran with the Cross Country team. She was a member of FEA, OXFAM, FFA, and FHA. She was also selected for induction into National Honor Society.

Andy Menschik, Class of 1976 (deceased)

Andy excelled in the performing arts. He participated in Handbell Choir, sang in the choir, nd was the set designer for “The Legend of Arthur Banana Plant.” In recognition of his achievement in the performing arts, he was inducted as a member of the International Thespian Society. Andy’s commitment and interest in the performing arts continued after MHS; he created his own prop company called “Imagivations” with another graduate of MHS, Michael Fuller ’94, who also worked as the production manager during his time at MHS. 

Having died in March 2020, Andy was inducted posthumously. George Hollich, an honorary member of the MHS Alumni Association and a Spartan Hall of Fame inductee who was also honored for his contributions to the MHS visual and performing arts program, offered remarks on behalf of Andy and his family.

David Pepka, Class of 1992 (deceased)

David participated in a variety of performing arts during high school. He was a member of the Spartan Varsity Band and Jazz Band. He also participated in the District Orchestra and Band, as well as Spartan Players. David was a vocalist and performed as a member of the Varsity Chorus, New Horizons, and the Brass and Chamber Choir. He was also a proud member of the International Thespian Society.

In recent years, David inspired alumni and a few current and retired teachers to return to MHS during Homecoming to share their talents with the MHS community by performing as members of the Alumni Jazz Band. The Alumni Jazz Band performed several years at various locations on campus during Homecoming. In 2019, David’s dream was realized when the Alumni Jazz Band was invited to entertain Homecoming Banquet guests before the banquet at Hershey Lodge. Sadly, David died earlier that year. To honor his memory and his inspiration to them, David’s friends and fellow musicians placed an empty chair amongst the group while they played. Beyond MHS, David was a well-known and talented magician who brought joy to his audiences.

Christina (Burge) Sage, Class of 1992

Christina was a musician and a vocalist as a student at MHS. During 9th, 10th, and 12th grades, she performed as a musician with the Jazz Band, Varsity Band, and was selected to District Band. Also during 9th, 10th, and 12th grades, she performed as a vocalist with the Varsity Chorus and was selected as a member of New Horizons her senior year. She also sang with the Chamber Choir and was involved with MHS Today. During her junior year, Christina was a Rotary Exchange Student and studied in Osaka, Japan.

In addition to her year-round visual and performing arts commitments, Christina was a member of the Swim Team, Leadership Society, and Library Club. She was also involved with MHS Today and held an Officials Post. She was selected as a Rotary Student of the Month and was inducted into National Honor Society.

Athletic Inductees

Fonati (Ward) Abrokwa, Class of 2001

Fonati was a stellar athlete in three sports: track and field, field hockey, and basketball. From 1998 to 2001, she was a member of four conference and district track and field championship teams and three state track and field championship teams. During that same period, Fonati earned varsity letter awards in track and field, basketball, and field hockey. In 2000 and 2001, she was named as a Mid-Penn Field Hockey All Star.

During freshman year, Fonati placed fourth in the 200-meter dash during the conference championship meet and placed fifth as a member of the 4×400 relay team at states. As a sophomore, she was a member of the Spartans 4×400 and 4×100 relay conference championship teams, placed third in the 300 intermediate hurdles, and fourth in the 200-meter dash at the conference meet. At the district meet, she was a member of the 4×400 relay championship team and placed third in the 300 intermediate hurdles. At the state meet, she was a member of the Spartans 4×400 relay championship team and placed fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles. As a junior, Fonati was a member of the Spartans 4×400 relay team that won championships at the conference, district, and state meets. In addition, she placed second in the 300 intermediate hurdles and third in the 400-meter dash at the conference meet, second in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the district meet, and eighth in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the state meet. During senior year, Fonati again was a member of the Spartans 4×400 relay team that won championships at the conference, district, and state meets. In addition, she was the 300 intermediate hurdle champion at the conference and district meets, and placed third in that event at the state meet. At the conference meet, she placed second in the 400-meter dash and second as a member of the 4×800 relay team. At the district level, Fonati placed third in the 400-meter dash and fourth as a member of the 4×800 relay team. At states, she placed third in the 300-meter hurdles. 

As a member of the Lady Spartans basketball team, Fonati earned a place during her senior year on the all-time leader board for steals, assists, and three-pointers made. That same year, she also was a Pop Kelchner nominee and received the Hershey Lions Club Scholar Athlete Award, the PIAA District III sportsmanship Award, the PIAA District III Jerry Brooks Academic Excellence Award, and the Latoya Lawton Award.

Judith Akua Agyepong, Class of 2002

Judith participated in three sports while a student at MHS: track and field, field hockey, and basketball. She is probably best known, however, for placing at the top at state meets in track and field. In 1999, Judith was a member of the 4 x 400 relay team that placed first at the state meet. The following year, she was a member of the 4 x 100 relay team that placed first again at the state meet and placed sixth as an individual in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. In 2001 at the state meet, Judith placed second in the 100- and 200-meter dash and second as a member of the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. During her senior year at the state meet, she placed first as a member of the 4×400 relay team, second as an individual in the 200-meter dash, third in the 100-meter dash, and second as a member of the 4×100 relay team.

As a field hockey player, Judith was named Offensive Player of the Year as a forward in 1999, and in 2000 received the All Around Player Award. She also played as a member of the JV and varsity Lady Spartans basketball team.

In addition to her incredible performance in track, she played field hockey from sophomore to senior year and was a vocalist for the Varsity Choir. 

During her senior year at MHS, Judith received the Athletic Commitment Award from the MHS Alumni Association’s Philadelphia Chapter and was recognized as a Senior Salute Honoree by the Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

After MHS, Judith was a member of the women’s track and field team at Delaware State University. She later served as assistant track and field coach for Monroe College of New Rochelle from September 2009 to May 2010, and as assistant basketball coach for Alamance County Recreational League for seven years and for the Tiny Tots for one season.

Ryan Blom, Class of 2015

Ryan was a triple-sport athlete at MHS. He was a valued teammate for the swim, soccer, and track and field teams. In 2013, he placed second at districts and fourth at states for the one-meter diving event. The following year he placed third at districts and fifth at states. Ryan also set school records for one-meter diving, and some of his records still stand. 

In addition to his performance on the swim team, Ryan was a varsity starter all four years for the soccer team and served as the captain his senior year. 

After MHS, he took his talents to Georgetown University where he received a full scholarship. In 2018, Ryan received the most prestigious award available for a student-athlete at Georgetown University, which recognized his leadership and impact on academics, athletics, and the community. At Georgetown, Ryan was a back-to-back individual Big East champion in one-meter diving in both 2016 and 2017. From 2016 through 2018, he placed second four times in the Big East conference competition. Ryan was awarded the Big East Most Valuable Diver Award in 2018. 

Garry Gilliam, Class of 2009

Garry was a scholar athlete at MHS. He was on the MHS Honor Roll for three years and lettered for three years in football and basketball. As a football player, he played one year as a freshman on the JV team; the following three years, he was a starter for the varsity team, playing tight end and defensive end. Garry finished with 350 receiving yards, 153 tackles, five interceptions, and four touchdowns. Garry was named to the Mid-Penn Conference First Team as a tight end/defensive end, to the Patriot News Platinum 33, and to the Pennsylvania All-State First Team. He was also selected to the Pennsylvania football squad as a tight end in the 2009 Big 33 Classic and named as a USA Today All-American tight end. As a senior, Garry was a John Travers Award Finalist. As a basketball player, Garry was a Pennsylvania Big 15 selection.

After MHS, Garry attended Penn State University where he had a full athletic scholarship. In 2014, he entered the NFL after signing with the Seattle Seahawks. Three years later, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he played offensive tackle.

Thomas Johnson, Class of 1981 (deceased)

Thomas is remembered for his participation and talents in track and field at MHS. His achievements contributed to the track team winning the state championship for the first time in 1980. At the district and state meets, he won the 100- and 200-meter dash. During his high school years on the track team, he contributed to the track team’s earning the Capital Area Conference Team Championship, PIAA District 3 Team Championship, and the PIAA State Championship titles. 

In addition to his outstanding performance as a member of the Track and Field team, Thomas also played football. Beyond athletics, he was a member of the Student Home Council, Student Senate, and the Student Leadership Society.

Thomas was inducted posthumously, and members of his family offered remarks in honor of his memory.

Spartan Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations for candidates to be considered for 2023 induction are due by Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. Nomination instructions can be found online at mhsalum.org.

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