by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — Erika Mall, a student at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s State College campus, was recently awarded an honorary scholarship by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). The Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award is given annually to a select group of sonography students from across the country who exhibit an outstanding passion for the discipline of echocardiography and demonstrate leadership abilities within that particular field of study.
Mall, from Lakeville, PA, 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 Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA and will graduate in June 2017.
Just 10 medical ultrasound students were selected this year as recipients of the prestigious Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship Award. As part of this honor, Mall will attend the 28th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography in Baltimore, MD in June where the organization will recognize her for this honorary award and achievement. Another South Hills student, Pamela Keebler, received this scholarship in 2016.
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.