South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Members of South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Club are celebrating after a successful trip to San Antonio, TX where they participated in the 2019 PBL National Leadership Conference.
PBL is a collegiate business organization that strives to develop a new generation of leaders. After competing against some of the top qualifiers from across the country, South Hills students placed in the following categories:
Other South Hills representatives at this years conference were Business Administration–Management & Marketing students, Bryant Moses and Jordan Causer.
In addition to the multiple awards received, Brandon Doerr successfully campaigned and won election to the office of Pennsylvania State PBL President for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year.
Brandy Kovach, PBL Club Advisor added, “We are so excited for Brandon, and there is no doubt that he will represent South Hills as well as PBL with a high degree of professionalism.”
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.