by Joan Andrews
Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE -- Colorful pinwheels were sold by State College members of the Community Outreach and Public Service (C.O.P.S.) Club, and placed on the school lawn in recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign helped spread awareness of the issue and raised $200 which was donated to the Children's Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health in Bellefonte.
Members of the C.O.P.S. Club, an organization for students of our Criminal Justice program, who are shown in the photo with the pinwheel display are listed below.
Front row: Joshua Torres, Bailey Bloom, Ashley Garbrick, Cathryn Harpster, Erin Nilson.
Second row: Ron Schall, Hunter Hall, Sam Vaughn, and Briella Walk.
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.