by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School is pleased to announce that Stephanie Wilson, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) instructor at the State College campus, has been selected as an honorary fellow at the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). Paul Wagner, Director of the South Hills’ DMS program, stated, “This is an honor reserved for only a few individuals within the SVU society and acknowledges Stephanie’s invaluable contributions to the profession of vascular sonography.”
A person is chosen to receive the honorary title of “fellow” within the Society for Vascular Ultrasound for their outstanding contributions to the organization as well as to the vascular ultrasound profession. They must have given a minimum of 10 scientific and educational presentations, published articles, and must have provided at least 10 years of professional experiences in the field of vascular sonography. Stephanie is also a member of the Board of Directors for SVU.
South Hills is truly proud of Stephanie for achieving this honor which demonstrates her dedication to be not only an outstanding faculty member and leader in our DMS program, but within her medical profession.
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.