South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Each Specialized Associate Degree program at South Hills School of Business & Technology requires students to complete a 12-week internship (24 weeks for Diagnostic Medical Sonography/DMS students) upon completion of their program.
With graduation just around the corner, students invited their internship supervisors to a luncheon held in their honor at Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg. This annual event is the school's way of saying "thank you" to the dedicated internship sites that continue to take its students and provide them with invaluable real-world working experience in their respective fields.
As part of the luncheon, Jennifer Lemmon, Health Information Technology intern, spoke about her experiences throughout her time at South Hills, as well as the experience she has had at her internship thus far, and she gave many thanks to the South Hills faculty and staff.
Bernard Chatman, Owner of Keystone Investigation & Security Specialists, LLC (KISS), presented Annie Lucas, Criminal Justice student, with a certificate for successfully completing her internship at KISS and announced that she has accepted a full-time position with the company.
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.