South Hills Community News Release
LEWISTOWN — Second-year students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown Campus have spent the last twelve weeks putting together capstone projects that reflect their academic experiences at South Hills requiring them to use all of the skills and knowledge they’ve learned in each of their programs.
Business Administration—Management & Marketing (BAMM) students are required to put together a business plan for their capstone project. Once they come up with an idea for a fictitious business, the students put that plan into place by implementing the management, marketing, accounting, and advertising skills that they’ve learned from their time at South Hills.
Lewistown BAMM students Hannah Kauffman, Jared Pennepacker, Jessica Page, and Christopher Fisher created “Be You-tiful Boutique.” The idea is for their business to provide an atmosphere that delivers excellent customer service as soon as customers enter their store. They planned their boutique with a goal of serving many different markets as their inventory would include a broad selection of items such as clothing for women, men, and young children, shoes, jewelry and accessories, and other unique accent pieces.
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.