by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — The Community Outreach & Public Service (C.O.P.S.) Club at our State College main campus recently donated $1,000 to the Centre County Child Access Center located in Bellefonte. The money was given in remembrance of Jodi Warshaw, in whose memory the center was created. Our Criminal Justice students were pleased to donate to the center which provides a safe and supportive environment for children during monitored custody exchanges and supervised visitations.
Shown left to right: Jamie Jones (Director of the Child Access Center), Lilly Calkins (Assistant Director of the Child Access Center), Vickey Warshaw (South Hills Admissions Representative and mother of Jodi Warshaw who has been integral in the establishment of the center), and Maralyn Mazza (President of South Hills School).
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.