South Hills Community News Release
LEWISTOWN, PA — Pennsylvania State Representative, Johnathan D. Hershey (R–Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 82), recently visited South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown Campus.
Representative Hershey toured the school with South Hills’ president, S. Paul Mazza III, and Lewistown Campus Director, Barbara Harer. They discussed the current educational climate in Central PA as well as the importance of career education and talked about the different Specialized Associate Degree programs offered at South Hills. Representative Hershey also learned more about the student clubs at South Hills and how they allow students to give back to the community while gaining valuable experience through many hours of volunteer work.
Barbara Harer added, “Our programs prepare students for career and technical jobs, and it is wonderful that State Representative Hershey is an advocate for improving workforce training for those types of careers. We are excited to expand upon this partnership with Representative Hershey and see how we can better the workforce together.”
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.