South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — Spring marks the beginning of “internship season” at South Hills School of Business & Technology. The school’s second-year students are about to embark on the required internships they must complete before they graduate. As part of their Job Search class, South Hills Main Campus students had the opportunity to hear from Vicky Barto, Director of Staff Development for Upstream Physical Rehab Group.
Ms. Barto has been in human resources and leadership development for more than two decades and is a John Maxwell certified coach, speaker, and trainer. She gave the students advice on how to conduct a successful job search, stressed the importance of keeping a positive mindset throughout the process, and covered a few dos and don’ts when it comes to preparing their resumes.
Vicky shared one of the greatest life lessons she has learned: “You can only go as far as the limits you put on yourself. Release your limits.”
Job Search instructor, Eleanor Martin, added, “Preparing our students to be ready for interviews and internships is very important and shows them what to expect upon graduation. Vicky is very knowledgeable, and we appreciate her investing time in helping our students succeed.”
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.