by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
with Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster
STATE COLLEGE — The Entrepreneur Club at the State College main campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology sponsored a video game tournament on Thursday, January 12, where 20 gamers battled through rounds of Halo, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. – all while raising over $650 for 2008 Business Administration—Management & Marketing (BAMM) alumnus, Mike Keller, who recently underwent a double-lung transplant.
Mike and his wife, Lisa, made a surprise visit to the fundraiser, much to everyone’s delight. He reported that his doctors are pleased with his progress, and he’s back on track for enjoying life…in moderation, of course, until full healing takes place! Mike expressed deep appreciation for the support he has received from his extended family at South Hills.
Serafino Mazza, lead organizer, said that it was rewarding to be involved in something that has such a positive effect in someone else’s life. He thanked the Entrepreneur Club team for their cooperation in putting the event together and gave a shout-out to Wegmans grocery store in State College, who also made a generous contribution of food toward the night’s festivities.
If you would like to help Mike with his enormous medical costs by making a tax-deductible donation, please visit his personal campaign page on the National Foundation for Transplants website.
First place winner of the tournament was Dan Lesher (South Hills videographer), second place went to Marshall Barto (2016 BAMM alum), and Val Sukovatitsyn (Business Administration—Accounting Class of 2017) took third place. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.
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.