South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology is pleased to announce the graduation of its first class of “Droneologists” from the new Discover Drones program, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) class series for teens (grades 7 – 12). Six local teens completed the 20-hour course which included hands-on learning using flight simulator software, as well as drone building and flying experience.
Program Coordinator, Jeff Stachowski, said, “This group was the very first to graduate from the Discover Drones program. It was great getting to know the students and fun to watch them use the Flight Simulation Lab and flying and racing drones. They had a lot of fun during the program; but, at the same time, we also gave them the skills and knowledge to fly drones safely and responsibly.”
Discover Drones classes are now offered at all three South Hills campus locations: State College, Altoona, and Lewistown. South Hills also sponsors the State College Drone Racing Club and runs a variety of drone-related classes, including the popular FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Certification classes.
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.