South Hills Community News Release
ALTOONA — Every year, Major League Hacking (MLH), an official student hacking league, organizes “Local Hack Day” a 12-hour global hackathon event that involves thousands of participants gathered in cities and towns around the world. The purpose of these “invention marathons” is to teach computer science skills to students and bring people that are interested in the field of technology. The 2018 events were sponsored by Microsoft and GitHub and included educational presentations and opportunities for students to network with Information Technology (IT) professionals.
In December 2018, faculty and students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus organized a Local Hack Day for the Altoona area. Participants included students from South Hills, local high schools, and other post-secondary schools. Members from the community and working IT professionals were also invited to attend.
Information Technology program Instructor, Guido Santella, said, “Our students have participated in hackathons in the past, but this was the first time we were involved in hosting an event like this. It was nice seeing students from multiple schools and community members come together to learn and focus on technology.”
Presenters included Cody Virgillo, Network Operations Center (NOC) Technician / Configuration Analyst at viLogics, who talked about his experience or working in a data center and Thomas Gerlach, Owner/Chief Engineer of Talixa Software & Service LLC, who talked about his experiences working in the field of software development.
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.