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The Health Careers Club and their advisor are pictured with the Jared Boxes they assembled.

Pictured left to right: Health Careers Club Advisor – Kay Strigle, Jennifer Lemmon, Sherri Walker, Genean Hayes, Clare Alexander, Valerie Steininger, Melanie Walk, Jordan Kratzer, Rachel Jones

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — Members of the Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Main Campus in State College held fundraisers throughout the month of February 2019 to collect funds to purchase items to include in Jared Boxes. Through the help of the fundraisers, the club was able to assemble 35 Jared Boxes to be donated.

The Jared Box Project is a nonprofit organization that started in 2001 providing boxes filled with small toys, games, and activities to young children while they are in the hospital receiving medical treatment.



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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.