ALTOONA — Students from the South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Information Technology (IT) program were recently given an opportunity to work with a Bellwood business, Winesickles’ Music, LLC to develop an e-commerce site.
Learning to effectively manage a technology project is an essential skill for students who are studying to enter the IT field. Altoona Campus students Richard Grissinger and Cody Virgillo worked with John Winesickle, founder and owner of Winesickles’ Music, to develop a website to demonstrate and promote the Video Hymnal. The Video Hymnal is a solution for churches in need of music for their services that do not have pianists or organists available to them. The company provides recorded piano music and videos with the lyrics to more than 140 songs including a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary songs.
Instructor Guido Santella, said, “We encourage our students to learn through hands-on, real-world projects. Richard and Cody took on this website design project and they also set up the company’s social media presence on Facebook. They produced and edited video content for the site, created training screencasts, trained the client to use the technology, and worked up some basic search engine optimization strategies.”
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.