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West Ashley High’s Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions

West Ashley High School’s Robotics Team places first and takes home four additional awards from the College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier Charleston

west ashley robotics logoRecently, the West Ashley High School Robotics Team, also known as W.A.R.P. Drive, competed in the Viking Hammer Qualifier and the College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier where they continued their winning streak. West Ashley High’s robotics team has not lost a local competition within the last 18 months. Not only did they come in first place at both qualifiers, they also earned awards for their teamwork and overall attitude during each of the competitions.

On November 12, W.A.R.P. Drive competed in the Viking Hammer Qualifier at Spring Valley High School. Along with West Ashley High’s four robotics teams, groups from Royal Live Oaks Academy, Aiken High, Spring Valley High, Dutch Fork High, Pickens Country Career and Tech Center, Indian Land High, Palmetto Scholars Academy, and Clinton High competed in the tournament. West Ashley High’s robot W.A.R.P. Drive 9623B ending up taking home the Excellence Award and was part of a three-team alliance, which included Team Legend Robotics and the Augusta Homeschoolers, who were named the Tournament Champs.West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (04)

All four of West Ashley High School’s robots, W.A.R.P. Drive 9623A, 9623B, 9623C, and 9623D, competed next at the College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier in Ladson on December 10th. Two of West Ashley High’s robotics teams, W.A.R.P. Drive 9623B and 9623C, were part of a three-team alliance which won the tournament. Bluffton High was the third team in that alliance. Other teams involved in the competition were from Spring Valley High, Goose Creek High, Bluffton High, and Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School. 30 teams competed in this year’s College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier. This competition did more than just earn West Ashley High another first place trophy. It earned the team tickets to the SC State Championship and the CREATE VRC National Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They also won the Excellence Award, the Design Award, the Programming Skills Competition, the Driver Skills Competition, and was the Robot Skills Winner.West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (01)

West Ashley High’s Robotics Team meets each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30pm – 6:00pm to prepare for their next competition. They use this time to continue to improve their robots and fix any issues that may have occurred during a recent competition. This year, West Ashley High Robotics Coach Nicholas Holmes is especially proud of the coding that has been created which controls the team’s robots.

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This is some of the most advanced coding our program has ever come up with,‖ says Holmes. ―The code re-calibrates our motors every 50 milliseconds to make sure they are doing precisely what we want them todo. Even if an outside force acts on our robot, gyroscopes, accelerometers, encoders, and sonar sensors will reposition the robot so that it will continue to complete the required task without fail. No other team is doing anything this advanced. West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (02)

Senior Noah Combs, the driver of West Ashley High’s best robot and the winner of the Excellence Award, was the one who created the code which they use to control all four robots. ―Noah came to me one day, after leaving his AP Computer Science class, and told me that he thought we could use an array set to calibrate the motors,‖ says Holmes.

―Within 30 minutes, Noah had scratched out a basic code that did the job we have been trying to figure out since the beginning of last season. West Ashley High is preparing to host its annual competition, The West Ashley Robotics Regional Qualifier, on Saturday, February 25th in the school’s Main Gym and Cafeteria. The competition will begin at 9am and will conclude with an Awards Ceremony at 5pm. Currently, there are 34 teams from 17 schools signed up to participate in the competition.West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (03)

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

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Military Magnet Academy Students Begin Spring Internship with Lowcountry Food Bank

Four students in Chef Kimberly Ortego’s culinary arts program at Military Magnet Academy have started their spring semester internships at the Lowcountry Food Bank.


“We’re so thankful to partner with the Food Bank again this year for internships” said Military Magnet Academy’s CTE Department Chairperson Amy Brunson.


Chef Kim Ortego also expressed her thanks for the Lowcountry Food Bank offering this excellent work-based learning opportunity for her students saying, “The experience they’re getting through this internship will be an asset for the rest of their lives!”


Thank you to all that made this terrific experiential learning opportunity possible for these 4 MMA students.




7 CCSD Students Start Spring Internships with Boeing South Carolina

Seven seniors from schools throughout Charleston County School District recently began spring semester internship with Boeing South Carolina.

The students will be working 20 hours per week after school. They will earn a high school course credit as well as a paycheck, but the most significant reward will be the relationships they will gain with professionals from a global manufacturing company and the authentic work experience.

Congratulations to these seven students on their work-based learning placement, and thanks to the team at Boeing SC and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for all their hard work facilitating the program.


Students from the following CCSD schools are participating in this work-based learning opportunity:

  • James Island Charter High School
  • R. B. Stall High School
  • St. Johns High School
  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School

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Local Companies Host 150+ CCSD Educators for Professional Development Visits

On Jan 17, over 150 educators from schools throughout CCSD participated in “Career Shadowing Externships” for their professional development. Educators visited local companies to see their facilities, learn about what they do, and understand what they look for in new employees.

Here are a few pictures from the educators’ visits:

January 17 Educators’ Externship Hosts:

Amazon / CreateSpace
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Charleston County Economic Development
Charleston County Government
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston RiverDogs
Disabilities Board of Charleston County
Hendrick Automotive Group
J & J Insurance
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Liollio Architecture
Mungo Homes
Scientific Research Corporation
South Carolina Aquarium
South Carolina Ports Authority
Steinway Piano Gallery
The Art Institute of Charleston
Verizon Customer Service Center

Educators from the following CCSD schools participated:

A. C. Corcoran ES
Academic Magnet HS
Advanced Studies Magnet West Ashley
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Belle Hall ES
Buist Academy for Advanced Studies
Burke HS
C. E. Williams MS
Chas County School of the Arts
Drayton Hall ES
E. B. Ellington ES
Feierson ES
Fort Johnson MS
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goodwin ES
Harbor View ES
Haut Gap MS
Hunley Park ES
James Island Charter HS
James Island ES
James Simons ES
Jane Edwards ES
Jennie Moore ES
Jerry Zucker MS
Laing MS
Lambs ES
Liberty Hill Academy
Military Magnet Academy
Minnie Hughes ES
Moultrie MS
Mt. Pleasant Academy
Mt. Zion ES
North Charleston Creative Arts ES
North Charleston HS
R.B Stall HS
Sanders Clyde EMS
St Andrew’s ES
Sullivan’s Island ES
Thomas Cario MS
Wando HS
West Ashley HS
Whitesides ES

AT&T Retail Store hosts students from R. B. Stall High School’s DECA Student Organization

R. B. Stall High School’s DECA adviser Michael Breedlove provided the following account of his students’ recent work-based learning visit to a local AT&T retail store:

“We had 11 DECA students attend, and were greeted by a host of AT&T employees and the staff of the local retail store.  Students were given a hands on tour of the store working with staff as they helped customers with issues and questions. Students were briefed on the behind the scenes workings of a AT&T retail store.  They also got to meet an AT&T partner that provided some of their equipment. The outing ended with a group luncheon at Smokey Bones.”

Thank you to all the professionals from AT&T that invested their time and talent in these DECA students from R. B. Stall High School!

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6 Baptist Hill High School Students Begin Spring Internships with Stevens Towing

st-logosYonges Island, SC – January 18, 2017 – Six students from Baptist Hill Middle High School began their spring semester internship today with Stevens Towing.

They will be working at the industrial marine yard this semester and gaining valuable experience in welding, rigging and mechanical repair.

Thanks to the team at Stevens Towing for welcome these interns!

Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for their assistance with this wonderful partnership!



Wando High School Entrepreneurship Students Awarded Cash & Prizes in Business Plan Competition

Students in Mr. David Fralix’s entrepreneurship class at Wando High School recently squared off in their class business plan competition in cooperation with YEScarolina. Volunteers from First Tennessee Bank  served as judges for presentations from 2 classes of eager students.

Winners for each class were as follows:

Class #1
First Place:  Nathan Brooks, Chucktown Charters
Second Place:  Colin Posnanski, Shoelace Society
Third Place: Neeve O’Reilly, Bee Bella
Honorable Mention:  Sea Smith, Can’t Sea Me Window Tint

Class #2:

First Place:  Julia Cappiello:  Julia Grace Jewelry 
Second Place: Will Kendrick:  Little Ballers Soccer
Third Place:  Donovan Baker:  Toler Drive Landscaping
Honorable Mention:  Samuel King,  Bros Dogs

First and second place winners received $250 and $150, respectively, from YESCarolina and First Tennessee Bank, and get to go on to compete in the countywide business plan competition at the College of Charleston in May.  Third place winners received $100 and will also attend the May competition. Students that earned honorable mention each received a $20 Chick-fil-A gift card. Congratulations to all students who presented their business plans in class between January 3 and January 6, and a special thank you to First Tennessee Bank and YEScarolina for their financial support, as well as for providing judges for the competition.

“Thanks to all that made this terrific opportunity possible for our students!”, said Mr. Fralix.