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Sign up Now for West Ashley HS DECA 5K Dash & Color Run – Sat. May 19, 9am

Each year, the West Ashley High School DECA club hosts an annual 5k to fund raise for their international competitions. These students plan and organize the event all by them selves because the clubs objective is to enhance students leadership and experience in business!
This year is the club’s 4th Annual W.A. 5K Dash Thru The Den and it is on Saturday, May 19th at 9AM at the Wildcat Stadium located at West Ashley High School. Also, this year is the second year that the event is a Color Run, so be prepared to get messy!! :)
The cost is $25 for community members and you can sign up online or the day of- day of registration is $30. Day of registration opens at 8AM and online registration closes May 18th. To sign up go to bit.ly/2018WA5K.
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R.B. Stall High School Marketing Students Visit Rotary Club of Charleston Meeting

Michael Breedlove, who is the Business and Marketing Instructor for R.B. Stall High School, brought with him, Adrian Pinckney, Emily Barrios and Jamaria Purdie who bravely took the microphone to explain what their organization does to prepare students for the “real world.”IMG_1019

The focus is to give student members the skills needed to succeed at business.  Their presentation gives students and members of the general public as well tips on how to use social media in ways that avoid unintended hurtful consequences. IMG_1010

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James Island Charter HS FBLA Students Excel in State Competition

fbla-logoCongratulations to students from the James Island Charter High School FBLA Chapter, led by Angela Childs Kindred, on their terrific success at the recent South Carolina FBLA State Conference.  The following students earned the opportunity to advance to compete at the National FBLA Conference in Baltimore, MD in June. 

First Place Finishers:

Amera Roper, Nyashia Daniels, Grace

Barbour and Alaysha Heyward – Parli Pro

Megan Sanders and Danielle Wright – Business Financial Plan

Second Place Finishers:

Amelia White – Management Decision Making

Janai Whaley – Emerging Business Issues

Third Place Finishers:

Ashley Manigault – Advertising

Fourth Place Finishers:

Maya Lucas, Brielle Roper and Brianna Roper – Intro to Business Presentation

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Student Run School Store at West Ashley HS Reopens After Renovations

This week marked the reopening of the Cat Shack at West Ashley High School, the student run school store that offers logo apparel, snacks, and other items for students to purchase between classes and at lunch.

The students operating the store are overseen by Mr. Terry Stutts, the Marketing teacher and adviser for the WAHS DECA student organization. The Cat Shack’s profits help students participate in DECA events at the local, regional and national levels.

The store recently got some welcomed upgrades, including a larger space and some new fixtures. IMG_0006 (1)

“The students welcomed the reopening of the store this week and sales were brisk – we’re very thankful to have these renovations complete,” said Mr. Stutts.

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DECA President Haley Bauer provided the following overview of the Cat Shack renovation and the impact it will have on their efforts to raise funds for the Career and Technology Student Organization:

“The Cat Shack is owned and operated by West Ashley High School’s DECA Chapter. DECA is a club that prepares high school students to be leaders and entrepreneurs is marketing, finance, hospitality and management. These students have the opportunity to take classes such as Marketing, Merchandising, Professional Development and Leadership, and Work-based Learning. All of these classes work together to manage and work in our recently renovated school store.

The Cat Shack now has new light fixtures, slat walls, display cases, and has been expanded. For the past month, employees have determined the store layout, merchandise, prices, and employees work schedule. Finally, everything has come together and the Cat Shack was opened on Wednesday, September 27th. All of the money earned from the store goes straight towards DECA needs. It is considered to be one of our biggest fundraisers. So. Wish us luck this year!”

The Cat Shack is well positioned for another great year of sales at West Ashley High School, but the real winners are the students that get to practice customer service and other skills prized by local employers!

 

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Health Science Students from West Ashley HS Participates in HOSA Leadership Conference

WAHS Senior Mary Johnson takes first in Behavioral Health Knowledge Charleston, SC –

At the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference each chapter was asked to choose one student as their outstanding member. The Outstanding Member was someone who participated in all of their team’s events and activities. West Ashley High chose senior Laniya Correya as their Outstanding Member.

At the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference each chapter was asked to choose one student as their outstanding member. The Outstanding Member was someone who participated in all of their team’s events and activities. West Ashley High chose senior Laniya Correya as their Outstanding Member.

West Ashley High School’s Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) team competed in the South Carolina Health Occupations Students of America State Leadership Conference. The conference took place at the North Charleston Convention Center where 1,400 students from all over the state competed in a total of 133 events.

Student from Wando HS, James Island CHS, and Charleston Charter School for Math & Science were a few of the schools who competed from Charleston County.

 

West Ashley High students Theo McLaughlin and Mary Johnson pose with HOSA Club sponsors Melissa Sparks and Julie Bamberg at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

West Ashley High students Theo McLaughlin and Mary Johnson pose with HOSA Club sponsors Melissa Sparks and Julie Bamberg at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

West Ashley High senior Mary Johnson placed first on the Behavioral Health Knowledge Test. “Obviously I’m thrilled with Mary’s performance,” said Melissa Sparks, West Ashley High Health Science teacher and HOSA Club sponsor. “She did exceptionally in our state competition and now she will get the opportunity to represent West Ashley on the International Stage at the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in June.”

A total of ten students from West Ashley High competed in six different categories. Ashley Duke, Keely Barton, Theo McLaughlin, and Laniya Correya competed in Medical Terminology Knowledge; Edith Mendoza competed in Dental Terminology Knowledge; Jasmine Lloyd competed in Medical Reading; Dazia Chandler competed in Sports Medicine; Mary Johnson competed in Behavioral Health Knowledge; and Olivia Brazelton and Alex Ryan competed in the Health Career Display Event. Most students trained independently to prepare for the competition with the exception of Chandler. She worked closely with Kristen LaSeta, West Ashley High Sports Medicine teacher and Physical Therapist, to prepare for the demonstration portion of her event. Senior Laniya Correya was recognized as HOSA’s Outstanding Member because of her participation in the events and activities of West Ashley High’s HOSA Club.

West Ashley High senior Mary Johnson placed first on the Behavioral Health Knowledge Test at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference. Johnson will next represent West Ashley High at the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in June.

West Ashley High senior Mary Johnson placed first on the Behavioral Health Knowledge Test at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference. Johnson will next represent West Ashley High at the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in June.

Sparks was incredibly proud of the West Ashley High HOSA students who competed at the conference. “With it being our first year competing, I think that all of our competitors did outstanding work and represented the very best of West Ashley,” said Sparks. “I’m proud of all of our students who competed and I’m very proud that our students attended many educational sessions and supported other students around the state as well as our West Ashley team.”

(L-R) West Ashley High students Alex Ryan and Olivia Brazelton display their Health Career Team event poster before their presentation at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

(L-R) West Ashley High students Alex Ryan and Olivia Brazelton display their Health Career Team event poster before their presentation at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

This article was provided by WAHS Public Relations Coordinator Donnie Newton 

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West Ashley HS Students Compete at Technology Student Association State Event

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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service.

West Ashley HS TSA adviser Robert Stone said “This year’s state conference was a success. We competed in both the CO2 Dragsters and Future Technology Teacher events.”

“One of our team members, Matt Baumgardner placed 3rd in the state for the Future Technology Teacher category. This was awesome considering it’s only our first year as a TSA chapter”, added Mr. Stone. In the Future Technology Teacher category, competing students investigate technology education preparation programs in higher education and test their potential as a future technology educator.

Thank you Mr. Stone for sharing this CTE Student Success Story, and congratulation Matt on your well deserved trophy – It’s wonderful that you’re preparing for a career working as a STEM Educator!

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UPDATE: WAHS Technology Student Association adviser Mr. Robert Stone provided the following update on the story above:

“We got back the results from the TEAMS competition in Charlotte. These results took longer to get back because they are sent to the TEAMS national office to get scored and they compile a ranking list for all scoring categories by state.

West Ashley HS ranked #1 in state for the multiple choice, essay, and the design & build portion of the competition!

West Ashley HS also got 1st in state for overall ranking for South Carolina!

According to the TEAMS overall ranking, the top team in each state will receive a “Best-in-State” banner and medals for each member of the team. The top 3 teams for the state in each of the sub-categories will receive certificates for their performance.”

Here is a picture of the students with their certificates:

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Thanks to all that made this student organization opportunity possible!

 

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James Island CHS Students Earn Future Business Leaders of America Awards at State Conference

FBLA LOGOCongratulations to the James Island Charter High School chapter of FBLA on their success at the SC FBLA State Leadership Conference, held in North Charleston this past weekend!

FBLA Adviser Ms. Angela Childs-Kindred reported the team did extremely well earning seven first place winners and one fourth place winner who will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California! All members competing at state conference placed in the top ten In their categories.

Congratulations to:
First Place
  • Amelia White – Advertising
  • Kayla Commodore, Briah Gordon, Destiney Jamison and Treyonna Alston – Parli Pro
  • Megan Sanders and Danielle Wright -Marketing
Fourth Place
  • Kenetra Johnson – Job Interview
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Wando Culinary Arts and Management Teams Enjoy Success at ProStart Event

The Wando Culinary Arts and Management teams represented very well again this year at the 2017 South Carolina ProStart Invitational March 5-7 in Myrtle Beach!  prostart wando 1prostart wando 2

The culinary arts team won 2nd place and was award thousands of dollars in scholarships.  The management team won 4th place.

“We are very proud of both teams”, said Chef Twaler.

Congratulations to all the students that participated and to their adviser Chef Bill Twaler. prostart wando 4prostart wando 3

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James Island Charter HS Students Earn Awards at Business Professionals of America Conference

bpaLogoStudents in the James Island Charter High School chapter of Business Professionals of America earned many awards at the BPA State Conference this past week in Rock Hill, SC.

Business Professionals of America is a leading Career Technical Student Organization for students interested in management, office administration, information technology, and other related fields.

In the Graphic Design event:

Marley Jenkins placed 6th
Sienna Whalen placed 3rd

In the Prepared Speech event:
Sean Brogan placed 2nd

In the Digital Media Production event:
Sydney Godet place 1st

In the Broadcast Production Team event:
Adrianne Hutto and Sophia Mitchell placed 4th

In the Open Test categories:

  • Rachael Rowe placed 1st and Sienna Whalen placed 5th in Information Technology Concepts
  • Sean Brogan placed 3rd in Financial Math & Analysis
  • Sydney Godet placed 3rd in Business Meeting Management Concepts

Three of our BPA students qualified for BPA Nationals in Orlando, FL!

Congratulations to all that participated and earned awards, and special thanks to their JICHS teacher & adviser Ms. Dana Miley!IMG_1347

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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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