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South Hills Press Release

HARRISBURG -- On April 7–9, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Club members from South Hills School of Business & Technology attended the PBL State Conference at the Hilton in Harrisburg, where they competed and placed against students of several top-ranked Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Full list of winners follows:

  • 1st Place – Networking Concepts: Ivan Sukovatitsyn
  • 2nd Place – Networking Concepts: Joseph Hoffman
  • 2nd Place – Small Business Management Plan: Serafino Paul Mazza IV, Alex Vovchenko, Hunter McElfresh, & Kayla Caldwell
  • 2nd Place – Computer Concepts: Ivan Sukovatitsyn
  • 3rd Place – Computer Concepts: Joseph Hoffman

Other participants representing South Hills at this year’s PBL Conference were Val Sukovatitsyn, Anastasia Shawley, Darius Morgan (Professional PBL Member), and Ann Davis (PBL Club Advisor).


A few days later, fellow students, faculty, and staff gathered in the lobby at the South Hills main campus in State College to celebrate and congratulate the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Conference winners' recent victories. The PBL members were presented with a cake that was large enough for everyone to share.



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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.