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L to R: Daisy Musser, Collin Musser, Alex Sikorski, Benny Housley, Jonah Diaz, Nate Whetzel, Ryan Jones, AJ Corson, Technical Assistant – Liam Jones, Technical Assistant – Jack Erickson, and Drone Instructor – Chris Avvampato

L to R: Daisy Musser, Collin Musser, Alex Sikorski, Benny Housley, Jonah Diaz, Nate Whetzel, Ryan Jones, AJ Corson, Technical Assistant – Liam Jones, Technical Assistant – Jack Erickson, and Drone Instructor – Chris Avvampato

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE, PA – South Hills School of Business & Technology recently graduated a new class of certified “Droneologists” from the Discover Drones for Teens Summer Camp. This 20-hour program is designed for students in grades 7–12 who are interested in learning how to fly drones safely and properly.

 
 

Working with instructor Chris Avvampato and technical assistants Jack Erickson and Liam Jones, the students were given an opportunity to use flight simulator software, construct and fly a drone, and learn what it means to be a responsible drone pilot.

 
 

For more information about this program or other drone classes, including options for adults, beginners, and drone pilots of all skill levels, visit drones.southhills.edu or contact Jeff Stachowski at jstachowki@southhhills.edu.

 
 

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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.