by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — Pamela Keebler, a student at South Hills School of Business & Technology who attends our State College main campus, was recently awarded an honorary scholarship by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). This scholarship is annually given to a select group of diagnostic medical sonography students from across the country who exhibit an outstanding passion for the discipline of echocardiography and for demonstrating leadership abilities within that particular field of study.
Keebler, from Rochester, NY, is currently enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Program at South Hills School, where she has remained on the Dean’s List for the duration of her medical training. She is currently fulfilling her cardiac ultrasound internship requirements at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA and will graduate in June 2016.
Only 15 ultrasound students are chosen as recipients of the prestigious Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship. As part of her award, Keebler will attend the 27th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography conference in Seattle, WA in June where she will be recognized by the organization for this honorary award and achievement.
ASE is an international professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system. The organization was founded in 1975 and is the largest international organization for cardiac imaging.
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.