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Alumni Recognition

Christine Cook ’81, 2021 Alumna of the Year

“I saw the dedication, fun, and commitment and was pulled in by the MHS magic that is difficult to describe.”

Lt. Col. Charles “Chuck” Seidel ’87, 2020 Alumnus of the Year

“There isn’t a single aspect of my life that MHS has not impacted, but some of the most important have been in strengthening my faith, my work ethic, and my ability to get along with and care for others.”

William Charles Ballough Harding ’78, 2019 Alumnus of the Year

“I am humbled and honored beyond belief, and I feel that being recognized as the MHS Alumnus of the Year means more to me than any professional awards, titles, patents, or academic degrees.”

Wendy MacClinchy ’92, 2018 Alumna of the Year

“I am incredibly fortunate to be able to do such deeply fulfilling work. I claim no grand successes, nor deserve credit for any singular achievements. Anything remarkable I may have done has been the result of the contributions of so many others. I do hope I’ve been able to leave behind some good.”

Mason Symons ’07

“I was an angry kid. I had a really rough life growing up. [I’ve] been through a lot of things that kids my age shouldn’t have been through, but wrestling was my escape … I believe everything happens for a reason. Wrecking my motorcycle put me on a different path and a different journey.”

Kay Oyegun ’05

“This has to be the expectation [for myself], not the exception. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else besides sitting down with an idea and then putting it out there. It’s incredibly rewarding, but it’s also my life’s work. It’s a cumulative experience. It’s less about any one show in particular and more about the journey.”



Alumni Awards

Milton Hershey School celebrates the success of its alumni through three unique award programs.


MHS Lifer's Club

Alumni who started at the Milton Hershey School in Kindergarten, first grade, or earlier are known as Lifers.

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