West Ashley HS Robotics Success Continues in Preparation for VEX National Competition

The West Ashley Robotics team continues to enjoy a successful season of competitions.

Just before winter break, they finished in 2nd place and 3rd place in a regional event and earned their very first Excellence Award. “This is the highest possible award that they give out at the robotics competitions” said Mr. Holmes.


The team is enjoying competing close to home while they prepare for the VEX Nationals in Iowa in April.

To support the team’s trip to nationals, please visit this GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/westashleyrobotics



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West Ashley HS Educators Spend Professional Development Day with Area Businesses

On Thursday, January 15th, over 70 West Ashley HS educators’ Professional Development day included an assignment to visit local businesses. These morning “externship” opportunities were assigned by department, for example teachers from the science department visited High Purity Standards, a local science laboratory that manufactures basic elements for various applications.
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This opportunity for educators to spend part of their PD day learning “off campus” was conceived by West Ashley HS principal Lee Runyon. Principal Runyon said, “the purpose of this activity was 2 fold:
  1. For our faculty to find rigorous, real-world application opportunities of content area skills that can be brought back into our classrooms.
  2. For educators and community partners to reflect on the SC Profile of the High School Graduate relative to our students’ development of World Class Skills ready for college, career and citizenship.

Thank you to all the organizations that hosted educators from West Ashley High School for this experience!

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Verizon Wireless Customer Support Center
Steinway Piano Gallery
Limehouse Produce
Charleston RiverDogs
LS3P Architecture
Mary Joseph State Farm Insurance
Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston / Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Funeral Homes
Venture Aerobearings
WCSC Live 5
Liollio Architecture
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Advantage Media Group
High-Purity Standards, Inc

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Charleston School of the Arts Students Complete Fall Internships

Mr. Bill Smyth gets to lead a very special class each semester at the Charleston County School of the Arts where students are connected with local business for internships.

His students are required to keep a weekly journal of their internship experiences, turn in time sheets detailing their hours worked, and have a supervisor review meeting at the end of the term. The students must also complete any specific assignments from their work site supervisor.

At the end of the internship, each student’s body of work is graded for an elective course grade on their transcript.

Special thanks to the following SOA internship hosts for the fall semester:

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Charleston Museum
  • Charleston County Solicitor’s Office
  • Center for Birds of Prey
  • Hybrid Audio Solutions
  • You42 / Kiz Studios
  • Shear Reflections
  • North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
  • St. Andrew’s Math and Science Elementary School
  • Reinvented Ladies Upscale Resale
  • Charleston County Parks and Recreation
  • The Post and Courier
  • Hoppmann Creative

Thanks to each of these local organizations for their investment in SOA students!

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16-17 Youth Apprenticeships Information Session Schedule


Paid Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities

Trident Technical College together with regional employers are offering rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training with in-the-classroom instruction as dual credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies. All tuition and costs for youth apprentices are covered by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:

Culinary Arts                           Boat Manufacturing/Fiberglass Finishing                                   HVAC

Hotel Operations                           Junior Computer Programming                  Computer Networking        Medical Office Assisting                   Machine Tool Technology                           Industrial Mechanics

Interested students and parents are encouraged to attend one of our Parent Night Information Sessions in the spring to find out more information and meet participating employers:

MANUFACTURING Boat Manufacturing, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology THURSDAY, JANUARY 14


HOSPITALITY & TOURISM Culinary Arts, Hotel Operations THURSDAY, JANUARY 21


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Jr. Computer Programming, Computer Networking THURSDAY, JANUARY 28






All Information Sessions will be held at:

Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, SC 29406 Building 970, Room 106


Youth Apprenticeship Info Session Flyer

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North Charleston HS Students Excel in Business Plan Contest

Thank you to Carolyn Southall from North Charleston HS for submitting this story about her students success in entrepreneurship!

Recently at North Charleston High School, students received awards for completing a business plan and three of them competed in an in-class business plan competition.

The sponsor for this event was the North Charleston Exchange Club. The winners were: 1st place:$250.00 Keenan White – Keenan presented his plan for a lawn care business. His business is currently in operation. , 2nd place:V$150.00 Angelica Reynolds – Angelica created a business plan for digitally enhanced photo books with animation, and 3rd place: $100.00 Jabari Jenkins – Jabari presented his plan for a sneaker restoration business.

13 students in my entrepreneurship class created a business plan. This is a big deal for my students. Many of them never heard of entrepreneurship back in August. Now, they have had the experience of learning skills that they can use now, and in the future. As a business teacher I am proud to share knowledge and learn with, and from my wonderful students.


Military Magnet Academy Students Empowered by After School Entrepreneurship Program

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently completed business plan competitions in cooperation with YEScarolina.
Military Magnet Academy students formulated their business plans after school 3 days a week for 6 weeks. Their after school teacher Carolyn Southall said, “I am so proud of the students at the Military Academy. Their energy and enthusiasm for business was so refreshing.”
Here is a link to a story published on the LowcountryBizSC website: http://lowcountrybizsc.whosonthemove.com/yescarolina-reaches-title-i-middle-school-students-in-an-afterschool-setting/



North Charleston HS Culinary Students Invest Time at Lowcountry Foodbank

Ms. Cindi Welsh’s culinary arts students from North Charleston High School recently got to spend time at the Lowcountry Foodbank. They enjoyed a facility tour and got to assist with some of the projects the foodbank undertakes daily to serve our local community.

Here are some pictures of her students in action:

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West Ashley HS Interns Completing Fall Internships

WAHS LogoStudent internships at West Ashley High School are coordinated by Mrs. Sandy Pennekamp. She ensures dozens of students each semester are placed in meaningful internships that offer the opportunity for career exploration and invaluable work experience.

Here are just a few pictures of her students’ successes –

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KendraFaye Brown has truly enjoyed her internship working with the Charleston Children’s Museum.

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Liam Wheless has completing his fall internship in the Cat Shack, the school spirit store at West Ashley High School.

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Mostafa Mongy completing his fall  internship at Oasis, LLC, a Charleston area travel services company.

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Kendall Joyner, a Health Science completer at West Ashley HS, is completing her fall semester internship at Southside Animal Hospital.

Meena Rahimi and Sharon Foster

Thank you RC & Sharon Foster, and the West Ashley Post Net store team for hosting West Ashley HS student intern Meena Rahimi.