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by Jim Colbert
South Hills Communications Team

STATE COLLEGE -- The South Hills School of Business & Technology is launching the Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery as part of the school’s website. The online gallery showcases visual artwork including photography, illustration, and design created by current students, alumni, and lifelong learning participants of the school. The gallery is named in honor of Schlegel, a Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program who was killed in an automobile accident in December 2016.

Graphic Arts instructor Jim Colbert offers, “Kari was a unique, compassionate person with the rare gift of finding joy everywhere. Her enthusiasm, her positive spirit, and outlook were genuinely contagious. She had the ability to make you laugh no matter how challenging the day had been. It was rewarding to watch Kari grow both as a designer, and as a person. She truly loved this school, and it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to honor her memory with the dedication of the gallery."

Graphic Arts Class of 2012

The entire Graphic Arts Class of 2012 is shown at their commencement ceremony.

Back row, l-r: Jim Colbert (Instructor), Rick Gority (Instructor), Luciano Sormani, Jamie Petersen, Chelsea Gahagan, Jorge Jovel, Kassandra Dare, Nick Anna, Alyssa Araujo
Front row, l-r: Daron Coine, Kari Schlegel, Cody Peachey


Classmate Nick Anna remembers Kari as “very kind, outgoing… one of those people who always made you smile when you saw her. Her bubbly personality and funny sayings always made going to class enjoyable.”

“She kept us all laughing, and there was never a dull moment in our class, “ offered Kassandra Dare. “She'll be greatly missed and always remembered.”

South Hills’ alumni and current students are invited to submit artwork for consideration for the gallery. New pieces and collections will be added to the gallery throughout the year. Contact to find out more information.

Visit the Schlegel Gallery to view the artwork and to learn more about Kari.



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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.