South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — As part of our ongoing speaker’s series provided in conjunction with Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) alumna, Megan Houts, RDMS, RVT, addressed the first-, second-, and third-year DMS classes on the topics of her career choice and work experiences in sonography.
Megan is a 2016 graduate of the DMS program and is employed as a Staff Sonographer at UPMC Bedford and Altoona Hospitals. Although Megan was in the general sonography track while in school, she finds that a significant number of the cases she sees are vascular.
Megan presented several interesting ultrasound cases to the class, including a patient with invasive ductal carcinoma and an infant with pyloric stenosis. These conditions are uncommon; however, many of the students will encounter them at some point during their careers.
The students were very interested and attentive during Megan’s presentation and afterward asked many questions about her internship experiences, workplace responsibilities, job hunting, and patient interactions.
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.