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South Hills Instructor Named Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce “Educator of the Year”

South Hills Administrative Professional Instructor with Educator of the Year Award

MacKenzie Locke (South Hills Alumna & Program Director of the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce), Barb Seeger (Educator of the Year Award Winner), and S. Paul Mazza III (President of South Hills School of Business & Technology)

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology is proud to announce that Barb Seeger, Administrative Professional Program Coordinator/Instructor at its Altoona Campus, was honored at the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Gala with the Educator of the Year award on October 4, 2018. The purpose of this award is to recognize an active educator who has demonstrated “above and beyond” commitment and service in the field of education.

The occasion was all the more special because a South Hills alumna was on hand when Barb was presented with her award. MacKenzie Locke, Program Director of the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, is a 2013 graduate of the Administrative Professional Specialized Associate Degree program at South Hills.

Barb has been an instructor at South Hills since 2002. She is a graduate of the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the South Hills team, she served as an elementary school teacher and later as a high school technology coordinator. Barb holds a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification and is a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

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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.