South Hills Community News Release
LEWISTOWN, PA – First- and second-year students of the Business Administration–Management & Marketing (BAMM) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown Campus had the opportunity to visit the Lewistown Paper Company in Burnham, PA.
Todd Elsesser of Lewistown Paper Company discussed the logistics of operating a business and described how they work with the manufacturers who make and supply products for the company. He also provided an overview of how they distribute and sell their products to restaurants, stores, and other businesses across the state of Pennsylvania. The students were given a tour of the facility, allowing them to have a “behind-the-scenes” look at how they run the business.
Harry Geedey, South Hills Instructor, added, “It was an inspiration to see how this family-owned company grew their business to what it is today. This opportunity has shown our students how hard work can pay off.”
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.