Students Enjoying Success in Nail Technology at West Ashley High School

At West Ashley High School, Ms. Helen Shepherd’s students are learning valuable work-readiness skills as they prepare for a career as a Nail Technician.

Ms. Shepherd shared these pictures of her students in action –



Career Carousel Event Held for Wando 9th Grade Academy Students

February 25, 2015 – Over 900 students in the freshman class at Wando High School participated in a career awareness and CTE program information event today.

Students visited various CTE Classrooms for an overview of each of the four “Schools of Study” at Wando:

  • School of Arts and Humanities – Ms. Ashley Wyrick, Dean
  • School of Business and Information Systems – Ms. Betsy Wilson, Dean
  • School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering – Mr. David Roemer, Dean
  • School of Health, Human and Public Services – Ms. Ruth Truluck, Dean

Students enjoyed a video detailing the CTE Programs available in each School of Study and got to participate in some hands on activities in each room.  Each completed an evaluation and response sheet after the event to communicate their takeaways.

The goal of the event was to expose freshmen first hand to the wide variety of Career and Technology Education programs available at Wando High School.


R. B. Stall Health Science Program Visits Horizon Bay Assisted Living

IMG_1242February 25, 2015 – Today, students in Ms. Erin Shiver’s Clinical Studies program at R. B. Stall HS enjoyed an interactive visit to the assisted living and memory care units at Horizon Bay.

They learned that assisted living residents have their own individual living spaces (and vehicles if desired and appropriate) and their care can range from help with only meals to personal care. The students shadowed caregivers, interacted with residents and helped serve lunch.
The memory care unit provides in depth care for residents diagnosed with Alzheimers/dementia. This is the area that most students love and want to stay. The students are directly shadowing caregivers (medical assistants, physical therapists, nurses​, med techs, administration​ ) assisting with the patient transport and activities for brain stimulation​.
​Ms. Shiver said, “The impact from this experience was enlightening. I could see a sparkle in their eyes and a pep in their step​. My students were motivated and empowered to take action now in pursuit of their careers in health care. I was witnessing their future becoming their present as they asked for volunteer applications and schedules. This 2-hour experience was filled with more information and reality than they were expecting and I was gratified!”  “​They all dressed and acted the part; 100% dressed in scrubs and wearing ID’s and carrying their clipboards and pens with their job shadowing worksheets attached”, Ms. Shiver added.

Culinary Students Assist with Chefs’ Feast Event Supporting Lowcountry Food Bank

Students from Wando HS and Military Magnet Academy were among the volunteers that helped serve over 1200 guests attending last night’s Chefs’ Feast, and event that supports the Lowcountry Food Bank. At the event, 32 local restaurants were on hand to provide about 600 portions each of some of their signature dishes.

Chef Joseph Crompton, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy said, “This event is an excellent opportunity to show culinary students what large scale catering and serving is all about.”

Chef Crompton shared a “movie trailer” style event recap video – check it out here.


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CTE Student Organization Success: DECA and FBLA

Congratulations to the Wando HS, West Ashley HS and R. B. Stall HS DECA teams for earning Gold re-certification on the School Based Enterprises!

Wando DECA adviser Kirk Beilke said special recognition for their Gold Certification goes to 11th grader Kate Harper, 12th grader Cole Whitman, and 10th graders Riley-Grace Marshall and Catherine Ginn, along with the interns and volunteers who run the Warrior Shop each day. These students have been invited to the International DECA Conference to present highlights of this certification to other SBE representatives throughout the country.

R. B. Stall HS DECA adviser Mr. Wayne Reese said, “A profuse and capacious THANKS goes to our own Francis Manigault who stepped up and oversaw a 20 + page report on the store operations, sacrificing personal time to ensure the report was submitted by the deadline.”

The following R. B. Stall HS students placed in the top 10 in their respective events:
  • Julain Lopez Automotive Services Marketing
  • Tyrell Russ Business Finance
  • Ashley Suarez Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Aaron Campbell Marketing Management
  • Diah Slaton Marketing Management


The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Wando earned several awards at their recent state event:

  • Emily Osmer – 2nd in Business Communications
  • Rachel Foertsch -1st in Business Procedures
  • Karley McWhorter – 2nd in Entrepreneurship
  • MaggieRose Connell – 1st Marketing
  • Keely Headrick – 1st Marketing
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West Ashley HS Hosts 2 Day Career Fair

This week, West Ashley High School invited partners from throughout the area to set up tables for a two day career fair. Students had the opportunity to engage with professionals representing a wide array of career pathways.

Thank you to all the participating volunteers and educators that enable this event to be successful. Special thanks to Mrs. Pennekamp, CTE Dept Chair, and Mrs. Hurley, Gear Up Graduation Counselor at WAHS for their efforts to stage this terrific event.

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CCSD Teams Compete in SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

???????????????????????????????Teams from throughout the Charleston region, including West Ashley HS, North Charleston HS, Academic Magnet HS,  CE Williams MS and Laing MS competed in the annual SeaPerch underwater robotics competition at Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston yesterday.

The event was a terrific success thanks in part to an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners.

Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity.

C. E Williams Middle School placed first overall in the middle school division.









West Ashley High School placed first overall in the high school division.









Here is a gallery of pictures from the day: