South Hills Hosts 3rd Annual Food Festival – South Hills School of Business & Technology
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South Hills Hosts 3rd Annual Food Festival

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by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist

STATE COLLEGE — Sporadic bouts of rain showers did not shut down the third annual Food Festival held on the lawn at the State College campus on June 16. The aroma of creative cooking wafted through the air as hundreds of guests took in the sights & tastes of the various food vendors at the annual food event. Always a highlight throughout the day is the cooking demonstrations that were given by a number of top chefs from local restaurants. Musicians also entertained the crowds throughout the afternoon and added a special touch to the day’s summer activities.

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Paul & Maralyn Mazza, founders of South Hills, made it a part of the school’s mission to serve the community, and the Food Festival does that each year as it is run in conjunction with Happy Valley Culinary Week. Lori Miller, director of visitor and member services for the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Center stated, “Culinary Week is a seven-day celebration of the art of cooking, local foods and the chefs who prepare them.” The Food Festival is always a lively event that supplies plenty of snacking and sampling for food connoisseurs of central Pennsylvania.

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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.