South Hills Community News Release
LEWISTOWN — Detective John Aston of the State College Police Department (SCPD) provided some hands-on experience for first-year Criminal Justice students at South Hills School of Business & Technology.
Students were first given a tour of the SCPD Crime Lab, and then Detective Aston demonstrated different methods to dissect evidence from crime scenes to help solve cases. He explained to the students that fingerprints and DNA are very helpful tools, but gathering and processing the evidence isn’t the quick process that you see on television.
After being shown a variety of ways to collect fingerprints from many different objects such as cell phones, bottles, pieces of paper, and bullet cartridges, the students were able to participate in hands-on activities to pull the fingerprints themselves using an array of methods and tools.
The students also helped conduct experiments to confirm the evidence of blood from crime scenes. The detectives demonstrated how Luminol works, enabling them to spot blood evidence that is unseen to the naked eye.
Jennifer Stover, Program Coordinator and Instructor for the Criminal Justice program at the South Hills State College Main Campus, stated that “The trip to the SCPD Crime Lab was an unforgettable experience for our students. Most people do not get the opportunity to get such an “up-close and personal” view into a potential career field. The students appreciated the trip, and the experience was considered very worthwhile due to the wealth of things they learned. They were particularly impressed by the insights they gained into many different aspects of forensics and the chance to do hands-on activities.”
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.