South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology is proud to sponsor the “State College Drone Racers,” a newly-approved, local MultiGP Scholastic Drone Racing Team, currently in its formative stages. MultiGP is currently the largest amateur drone racing league in the world and is an official Special Interest Group of the Academy of Model Aeronautics for FPV (First Person View) racing.
An information session for individuals interested in learning about the Drone Racing Club will be held on January 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the South Hills main campus, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College.
Chapter Organizer, Serafino (Paul) Mazza IV, said, “We hope to create a fun and competitive environment for anyone high school age or older that is interested in drone racing. We hope to bring the State College Community together to engage in the sport of the future.”
In addition to sponsoring the Drone Racing Club, South Hills is introducing “Discover Drones” a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) class series for teens (grades 7—12). The innovative curriculum provides 20 hours of hands-on learning using flight simulator software and drone building and flying experience. South Hills also continues to offer their popular, FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Certification Classes, which were introduced earlier in 2017 at the State College main campus and has expanded the program to include the Altoona campus.
For more information about the State College Drone Racing Club or upcoming classes and drone-related events, visit drones.southhills.edu.
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.