South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — Three members of South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club qualified to compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD. PBL is a collegiate business organization that strives to develop a new generation of leaders.
Facing some of the top qualifiers from across the country, the team of Bryant Moses and Tess Bechdel, both first-year Business Administration—Management & Marketing students, placed 12th in the nation in Hospitality Management. First-year Administrative Professional student, Jamey Shreckengast, also competed at the national level in the field of Administrative Technology. In addition to the competition, the students attended informational workshops in leadership and networking.
The South Hills PBL Chapter received the First Place award for having the Largest Local Chapter in the Eastern Region.
Club Advisor, Brandy Kovach, said, “We were competing against some of the top schools in the nation, and to see students from our small school compete at that level is incredible. Making it into nationals is such a huge accomplishment, and we are all so proud of them.”
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.