SPAWAR Hosts Local High School Students for IT Shadowing Day

Students and educators from throughout the Charleston region were invited to get an in depth behind the scenes tour of the Space and Naval Warfare Atlantic Systems Center, known as SPAWAR in Charleston.

Each participant received a badge and detailed instructions prior to their facility tour; “there are top secret missions underway behind the gates” they were told.

The day included on site tours of the Vehicle Integration Bay, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Lab, and the Air Traffic Control simulation and training center, which also happens to include the Meteorology and Antarctica Remote Operations Facility, where air traffic is controlled for the the South Pole!SPARWAR

Commanding Officer Captain Scott Heller addressed the students over lunch and encouraged them to persist through college to be best prepared for the many career pathways available at SPAWAR and throughout the world, both for enlisted military and civilian contractors.

Special thanks to the event organizers team led by LaKeisha Williams and the wonderful SPAWAR education team.


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Teams from West Ashley HS and Wando HS Represent South Carolina in National ProStart Competition

Teams from West Ashley High School and Wando High School competed in the National ProStart Invitational held in Dallas, Texas April 29 – May 1.

Both CCSD teams earned the opportunity to compete in this event, staged by the National Restaurant Association and many other supporting sponsors, by winning their respective state events.

WAndo ProStart 2016 Nationals

Chef Twaler and his students from Wando HS.

ProStart WAHS Comp team

Culinary students from West Ashley HS


Stephen Maddy Named Technology Champion of the Year (5)

West Ashley HS Senior Stephen Maddy Named Trident Region’s Technology Champion of the Year.

West Ashley High School senior Stephen Maddy was recently named the Trident Region’s Technology Champion of the Year.

Maddy will be recognized and awarded with a State Department of Education Office of Career and Technology Education certificate and a check for $250 at the S.C. Education Business Summit at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina on June 26th He did not earn this award overnight; Maddy’s passion for computers began in middle school. “Teachers would make me mad, so I would break computers and then I would have to fix them.” This made him realize that he loved working with computers and could find a way to get along better with his teachers.Stephen Maddy Named Technology Champion of the Year (1)

By the time he got to high school, Maddy was helping lots of teachers with their technology and computer issues in his free time. “I like being able to help teachers and share my knowledge with others.” During his sophomore year at West Ashley High, Sandra Pennekamp, the Career and Technology Education Department Chair, noticed Maddy’s hard work. She asked him if he would be interested in putting his skills to use and becoming a part of a Work-Based Learning class that dealt strictly with Information Technology (IT). Maddy was the first student in this class. Soon other students wanted to join the class, like sophomore Brain Hawkins, who is now Maddy’s intern. They have been an invaluable help this school year. Together, they install programs on computers; fix SMART Boards, repair teacher computers, ensure computers in the student labs are working properly, install printers, set up computers for testing, and many other things. Stephen Maddy Named Technology Champion of the Year (3)

In 2014, Maddy worked as a summer intern with Charleston County School District’s Information Technology Department. They were so impressed with his abilities that he was hired as part of their Youth Apprentice program. Maddy worked closely with members of the district’s IT department to help set up all of the computers at Charleston County schools so that they were ready for the coming school year. As a senior, he is enrolled in Dual Credit classes at Trident Technical College.

Maddy is especially proud of the ticketing system that he helped create which keeps track of all needed computer and technology repairs in the building. Teachers fill out a form in Google Drive which then populates in an Excel sheet where Maddy and his intern complete the repairs in the order in which they are received.Stephen Maddy Named Technology Champion of the Year (2)

Chad Vail, CCSD’s Work-Based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, has long been a supporter of Maddy, noticing his work ethic early on, and encouraged him to enter this competition. Maddy had to get three letters of recommendation and fill out an application in order to be considered for this honor. Maddy’s hard work paid off and he was named the Trident Region’s Technology Championship of the Year. He will be traveling to Greenville, SC on June 26, 2016 to attend the S.C. Education Business Summit to receive his award.

Story submitted by Donnie Newton, Public Relations Coordinator at West Ashley High School


West Ashley HS Culinary Arts Students Prepare Lunch for CTE Department Chairs Meeting

Students in Jason Wheless’ culinary arts program at West Ashley High School prepared and served a tasty lunch to Career and Technology Education Department Chairs from schools throughout the district.


The menu included homemade chicken salad, croissants, pasta salad, fruit, and green salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea complimented the meal perfectly, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and espresso brownies were served for dessert.


Thank you to Chef Wheless and his amazing students for a wonderful lunch!

And, thanks to the amazing CTE department chairs for all their hard work ensuring their school’s equipment requests are properly submitted for the local plan!


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St. Johns HS Partners with Local Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Professionals for Visit to Historic Preservation Worksite

ACE Program focuses on Architecture, Construction Management and Structural Engineering

Students from St. Johns High School recently took a tour of a live historic renovation project located at 1 Broad Street in downtown Charleston.Mr. Darwin Shorters and his students interacted with the Project Manager and the HVAC Engineer in addition to other contract workers on site.
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Students were lucky enough to meet the Project Owner who happen to stop by the project. The students enjoyed learning about the history of the building and all the pros and cons to working on a renovation project of a historical building as opposed to work on a completely new build project. The history lesson included a story about the hole in the flooring on the second floor along with some charring of wood beams resulting from a cannon ball during one of the many siege events on the peninsula of Charleston.

Construction Site 3

The renovation project  included removing a vault from the building that previously housed a bank. The students also explored a very unique hand craft roof system from the 1800’s.
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Lastly, the students were able to have a little design time on their own project plan with the ACE mentors,  and left with a new project of their own.  In the next 3 weeks the students will sketch (architecture), develop construction timelines and budget (construction management), as well as complete the load calculation (structure engineering) for a Mobile Survival Shelter to help the homeless.
The presentation of this project will be given during the Annual Banquet May 17 at the Woolfe St. Playhouse 6:00 PM with Mayor Tecklenburg as the keynote speaker.


Future Scientists from Baptist Hill MHS Visit High Purity Standards Science Labs

A group of future chemists and bio-engineers from Baptist Hill Middle High School recently enjoyed a facility tour of High Purity Standards, a regional manufacturer of basic elements used in a wide range of applications.


Thanks to Connie Hayes and her wonderful HPS staff for hosting these students for a rare visit to a working laboratory.


Garrett Academy of Technology Students Excel at South Carolina Skills USA Competition

Garrett Academy of Technology was well represented at the South Carolina SkillsUSA Competition held April 15 – 16 in Greenville, SC.

“We are very proud of all 16 students who attended and did extremely well”, said Ms. Roxann Phillips, SkillsUSA Adviser, Architecture & Design Teacher, and CTE Department Chair at Garrett Academy of Technology.

All 16 GAT students placed in their respective events as follows:

  • 1st Place  Extemporaneous Speaking  Kwanasia Gaddist
  • 1st Place Action Skills Dakota Cooper
  • 2nd Place Collision Damage Estimating  Jameek Rivers
  • 2nd Place Engineering Design Michael Reynolds, Ke’Shawn Rollerson, Rebekah Simmons
  • 3rd Place Mobile Robotics Technology Joshua Sandoval, Ty’Celia Young
  • 5th Place Job Interview Tara Fields
  • 6th Place  Collision Repair Technology David James
  • 7th Place Restaurant Service De’Quan Bradshaw
  • 7th Place Action Skills Kanard Simmons
  • 8th Place Related Technical Math Brianna Martin
  • 10th Place Job Skill Demostration Kenisha Green
  • 10th Place Automotive Refinishing Technology  James Caldwell
  • 11th Place Commercial Baking Kayla McNeil

Dakota Cooper-1st Action SkillsJameek Rivers-2nd Collision Repair Damage Estimating Michael Reynolds, KeShawn Rollerson, Rebekah Simmons-2nd Engineering Technology Ty'Celia Young and Joshua Sandoval- 3rd Mobile Robotics Technology

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West Ashley DECA Staging 2nd Annual 5K Dash Thru The Den Fundraising Race

Come one, come all – support the West Ashley High School DECA team’s success in regional and national competitions by participating in the “5K Dash Thru The Den” race on May 21, 2016 starting at 9am!


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Check out this story on last year’s inaugural 5K race event supporting West Ashley HS DECA: