by Jodie LeMaster
STATE COLLEGE — As part the South Hills School of Business & Technology’s long-standing tradition of community service, students at all three South Hills campuses have been actively participating in a number of special activities, charitable collections, and fundraisers throughout the holiday season.
The third photo shows members of the Circle K Club at our Lewistown location with some of the toys they collected for donation to the Huntingdon Salvation Army. A recent fire destroyed all of the food, clothing, and toys that were intended to benefit over 200 families in the community through the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas distribution.
The last photo was taken at a Christmas party hosted by the Criminal Justice program’s Community Outreach & Public Service (C.O.P.S.) Club at our main campus in State College. Members purchased gifts to help “Santa” surprise 17 deserving youngsters at the event which also featured lots of food and festive arts & crafts projects.
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.