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This photo shows Health Careers Club Members with a check for local Lewistown family.

Left to Right: Health Careers Club Members - Michael Allen, Riley Bishop, Alexis Mendez, Stacey Shew, Kati Stine, Alexis Inzerillo, Gabrielle Manbeck, Karissa Zagurskie, and Brandi Owens

South Hills Community News Release

LEWISTOWN — Each month, members from the Health Careers Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown Campus make it a priority to raise money in an effort to give back to the community.

In late December 2018, the students raised $100 to donate to a local Lewistown family whose pup, Tripp, was recently hit by a car and required surgery. When the students heard about this unfortunate situation, they wanted to lend a helping hand to assist with the unexpected veterinary bills.


In October, to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the students held a taco lunch sale from which they raised $60. The members then decided to donate $40 from their club account to bring the total to $100, which was then donated to the Susan G. Komen® foundation.



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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.