South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology's Engineering Technology (ET) students taking the Architectural CAD I course recently went on an academic field trip to a local construction site. When completed, the facility will house various indoor athletic sports, including gymnastics, basketball, and field sports, as well as feature space for physical therapy and administrative offices. The students were exposed to metal building framing and received instruction on the various members of the building components. They were allowed to review the building construction plans to see what information is required to be provided on the plans in order to obtain a building permit. While there, the students observed contractors of various trades, including site work, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) ductwork installation, electrical wiring, plumbing systems, sprinkler systems, and metal stud framing. The tour gave the ET students an opportunity to see aspects of the building construction that they have been learning in class being executed in a live application.
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.