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South Hills Announces 2019 Recipient of the Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award

Left to right: Graphic Arts Instructor Jim Colbert, Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award winner Becka Turner, and Graphic Arts Program Coordinator/Instructor Ray Liddick

Left to right: Graphic Arts Instructor Jim Colbert, Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award winner Becka Turner, and Graphic Arts Program Coordinator/Instructor Ray Liddick

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology is proud to announce that Becka Turner, a 2nd-year student of the Graphic Arts program, has been awarded the 2019 Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship was created by the family of Kari Lynn Schlegel, a 2012 graduate of the South Hills Graphic Arts program whose life and untimely death in 2016 touched the lives of many.

Graphic Arts Program Coordinator, Ray Liddick said, “Becka is a complete student, not only in her approach to design work, but, more importantly, for the outward positive attitude she demonstrates when interacting with her classmates and instructors. She diligently applies her skills to her projects; simultaneously, she maintains an upbeat spirit when facing design challenges. Day to day she shows the unique and subtle ability to inspire those around her.”

The faculty members of the Graphic Arts program were tasked with choosing the award recipient by identifying a current student who exhibits the traits that Kari had when she was a student as follows:

  • Enthusiastic with a positive spirit
  • Optimistic outlook and attitude that helps to motivate others
  • Dedication and commitment to personal growth, both as a graphic designer and as a person
  • Love and appreciation for both graphic arts and the South Hills Graphic Arts program

“I value the Graphic Arts program, and maintaining a positive attitude is always something I strive to do.” said Becka Turner. “Being chosen for this award is truly an honor, and I would like to express my appreciation to the Schlegel family and the South Hills Graphic Arts faculty.”

Jim Colbert, Graphic Arts Instructor, added, “It’s a genuine pleasure to have Becka as a student. She embodies so many of the characteristics defined by this scholarship. Her communication is excellent; she is helpful and a great sounding board for her classmates. She is the type of student you love to have, and one that will do well after graduation.”

South Hills School of Business & Technology also memorialized Kari Schlegel by naming the school’s virtual art gallery in her honor.

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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.