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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Water Treatment Facility

West Ashley High School’s Project Lead the Way Engineering classes led by Dr. Barbara Leonard enjoyed a field-trip to Hanahan Water Treatment Plant on Dec 16th. This excellent work-based learning experience for student was hosted by professionals from Charleston Water Systems, a business partner of the STEM Career Academy at WAHS.

Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber for their help in facilitating this business partnership, part of the ongoing Career Academy initiative at CCSD schools.


2 Lowcountry Tech Academy Students Win 2016 Charleston Youth Marathon Design Contest

Two LTA students placed 1st & 2nd in the 2016 Charleston Youth Marathon Design Contest.

This competition was open to all CCSD students and, according to event organizers and the selection committee chair, hundreds of designs were received from all across the district.

Designs submissions were required to include elements that represent Charleston, Youth, and/or Fitness and Running. Color was also an important consideration in the selection of design winners. Both high school winners were from Ms. Liz Tonelli’s Digital Art & Design classes at Lowcoutnry Tech Academy and both also represented Burke High School as their home school.

Tyeshia Williams’ design placed 1st; she received a $100 prize and her design will be reproduced on the official Youth Marathon T-Shirt.

The 2nd place winner of a $50 prize was Tamara Snider. Her design will be used for the medal that marathon participants receive.

Congratulations to both students on their hard work and success!

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Tyeshia Williams (L) and Tamara Snider (R)


Charleston Area Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at Inaugural STEM Career Fair

December 10, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Approximately 1000 students from throughout the Charleston region attended the inaugural High School STEM Career Fair held at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Career Fair header






Over 40 local companies brought interactive exhibits with a goal of sharing the high demand, high wage workforce opportunities available right here in their community.

Acutec Industries, LLC Excel Apparatus Services Roper St. Francis
Airgas / Lincoln Electric Google Santee Cooper
American Metal Casting Consortium Hendrick Automotive Group SC Aquarium
American Society for Metals Hubner Manufacturing Corp. Scout Boats
Atlatl Software Ingevity SCRA
Berkeley Electric Coop Lincoln Electric / Airgas SPAWAR
Blackbaud Liquid Box STEM Premier
Boeing South Carolina MAHLE Behr Charleston STEM Visions
Charleston Defense Contractors Association Medical University of South Carolina Streit USA Armoring
Charleston Southern University ModernTech Tighitco
Cummins Turbo Technologies Nucor Steel Trident Technical College
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Palmetto Construction Group UEC Electronics
ECPI Robert Bosch LLC USC College of Engineering and Computing
and more!

From electrical linemen doing demonstrations on utility poles to armored vehicles – there were many highlights to see before the students even entered the expo building!

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High school robotics teams from West Ashley HS, Cane Bay HS, Fort Dorchester HS, and Ashley Ridge/Summerville HS demonstrated their creations and even launched t-shirts into the crowds!


Participating CCSD schools included:

R. B. Stall HS West Ashley HS Garrett Academy of Technology
Burke HS Baptist Hill MHS Military Magnet Academy
St. John’s HS North Charleston HS Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Lincoln MHS Wando HS

Check out this excellent article on the event published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal:

Thanks to Sonic Drive-In Dorchester Road, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Summerville, Sam’s Club, and Coastal Coffee for the food & beverages.

Thanks to all the cooperating school districts, economic development offices, and local colleges for their support for the event!


Thanks to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds for hosting the event, to Grady Johnson & the AMAZING SC Biz / Charleston Regional Business Journal Team for being the presenting sponsor, and all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the career fair possible – looking forward already to year #2!



West Ashley HS FCCLA Students Serving the Community

Students in West Ashley High School’s chapter of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently helped pack boxes for the local Basket Brigade at the North Charleston Convention Center.

WAHS FCCLA’s 2015/2016 Chapter Service Projects are focused on helping the less fortunate.  Later this year, FCCLA students will partner with local businesses and community outreach groups to ensure homeless citizens have nutritious food. They will also help host birthday celebrations for children living in local shelters.

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Wando HS Broadcasting Students Earn National Scholastic Press Association Award

Students in Ms. Shawntell Pace’s broadcasting class at Wando High School recently attended the National Scholastic Press Association Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Tribe Talk, Wando HS’s student produced news program, placed 6th overall in the “Best of Show” category.

Wando’s Tribe Talk program was also one of the finalist for a Pacemaker award, which Ms. Pace described as the Pulitzer Prize for high school news shows.

Ms. Pace shared these pictures of the students from their trip, and below is a video showcasing the Tribe Talk staff.