Carla-Ann Henry: Thank you very much. I'm honestly still very shocked at the news! I'm very fortunate that my design was chosen as the winner, and I was excited to see my artwork in action on the 2019 People's Choice Program Guide (Centre County Gazette).
Carla: Because I've only lived in Central PA for about two years, I was only vaguely familiar with Boalsburg, the site of the People’s Choice Festival, and the history of the town. Before starting the design, I did some research and talked to several local people about the town. I learned about the iconic mural on the outside of the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Since the festival is held each year on the museum grounds, I wanted to create a design that showcased the mural.
For some of my projects, I sketch out my initial design ideas on paper, but I didn't end up creating paper sketches for this one. I created the entire poster using Adobe® Illustrator. I kept an image of the museum and the mural nearby as a reference and for inspiration.
Carla: Although the poster started as an assignment for one of my South Hills classes, I ended up having a lot of fun creating it. I really liked working with all of the different colors that the mural has to offer and being able to incorporate that into something special.
Carla: I did my South Hills internship at a wonderful design firm named Posture Interactive, located in downtown Scranton, PA. I was very excited to work with their company and found out what Graphic Arts looks like in the working world vs. the classroom.
Carla: I intend to live in Scranton for at least a few years. In five years, I hope to see myself working a job that I love with co-workers that make me happy and excited to see and work with every day.
Carla: The advice I would give to the incoming class is to experiment with things that they hadn't thought of before, whether that is different mediums for 3D projects or different design elements that they previously wouldn't even think about using. Experimenting and exploring is the only way to find out if you are really going to like GA, whether it be in school or the workforce. If you don't like it, don't be afraid to try out something else. But if you love it, then do it with your whole heart.
Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.
The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.
Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.
Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.
Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.
Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.
She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.
Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.