South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE, PA — To acknowledge April's designation as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, students of South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Criminal Justice program and members of the C.O.P.S. Club recognized "Denim Day" on April 24, 2019. Denim Day is a world-wide event that grew from a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction based on the tight jeans the victim wore when she was attacked. The initial decision sparked global outrage, and protesters wore jeans to work as a symbol of solidarity with sexual assault victims.
The Denim Day campaign has been held annually for the last 20 years to help raise awareness and increase community commitment to end sexual violence. Students, faculty, and staff purchased ribbons that permitted them to wear jeans. Additionally, C.O.P.S. Club members held a bake sale, and all proceeds will be donated to the Centre Safe (formerly the Centre County Women's Resource Center).
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.