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South Hills Announces 2019 Bruce Ta Memorial Award Recipients

Left to right: Roman Nekrasov, IT Program Coordinator/Instructor Matt Penning, and Brennan Doherty

Left to right: Roman Nekrasov, IT Program Coordinator/Instructor Matt Penning, and Brennan Doherty

South Hills Community News Release

State College, PA – South Hills School of Business & Technology has proudly presented second-year Information Technology (IT) students, Roman Nekrasov of State College and Brennan Doherty of Port Matilda, with the 2019 Bruce Ta Memorial Award.

This honorary award has been established to acknowledge the outstanding talent and abilities of a graduating IT student. The faculty members of the IT program were tasked with choosing a current student who is a positive influence at South Hills and exhibits the following qualities:

  • Demonstrates exceptional ability in the IT field
  • Assists fellow IT students in their classes
  • Goes above and beyond the class requirements
About the Bruce Ta Memorial Award

H. Bruce Ta was a beloved South Hills Information Technology instructor who died tragically in a motorcycle accident in August 2005. A memorial award was established to honor his memory.

Through his lifetime, Bruce received degrees in aeronautical and mechanical engineering, but he also became known as a computer “guru.” Bruce enjoyed solving computer problems that no one else would tackle and had a natural curiosity and a drive to learn all he could within the IT field. As a South Hills IT instructor, he gave out an annual award to a student to recognize them for showing a strong passion for the field of IT and also for working hard in their field to investigate and learn as much as they could outside of class.



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

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.