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by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist

with Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster

STATE COLLEGE — Sounds of jubilation filled the assembly hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College on June 19, 2017, as South Hills School of Business & Technology held its spring commencement ceremony for 61 of its students from the State College and Altoona campuses. More than 800 friends and family members joined the Class of 2017 in celebration of their graduation.

After completing their required internships with much hard work, perseverance, and determination, students of the Business Administration–Accounting, Administrative Medical Assistant, Business Administration–Management & Marketing, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Technology, and Information Technology programs walked across the stage to accept specialized associate degrees, diplomas, and awards to officially become graduates of South Hills.

South Hills School of Business & Technology president, Paul Mazza III, encouraged the graduates to be a blessing to others as they begin their new careers. His mother and South Hills co-founder, Maralyn Mazza, congratulated the graduates as she witnessed her school’s 47th year of commencement ceremonies. Mrs. Mazza told the audience she had recently turned 90 years old and was thrilled to be a part of this celebration as South Hills approaches the milestone of graduating over 7,000 students.

Visit the South Hills Facebook page to see several more photos from the Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony.



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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.