South Hills Community News Release
Event coverage and photos provided by Sharon Ergler, Assistant Borough Secretary, State College Borough.
STATE COLLEGE — On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Borough of State College held the 2018 Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees (ABC) Appreciation Dinner at the Hyatt Place State College. Each year, the State College Borough Council hosts an Appreciation Dinner for its more-than-100 volunteer members of the Borough’s ABC.
Since 2007, the Arnold Addison Award, named for the illustrious former mayor of State College, has been given in recognition to a person or group who has impacted the community through efforts to improve the quality of life and by promoting Town/Gown relations in the Borough of State College. Council Member, Theresa Lafer, presented the 2018 Arnold Addison Award to South Hills School of Business & Technology. S. Paul Mazza III, President; Maralyn Mazza, Co-Founder; and Jeff Stachowski, Community Outreach Director, accepted the award on behalf of the school.
South Hills School of Business & Technology has been connecting students with organizations across the community since 1970. The Mission of South Hills School of Business & Technology is to offer qualified individuals the means to start and the encouragement to continue the lifelong growth process through higher education.
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.