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.

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


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.


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!



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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R. B. Stall HS Business Students Visit AT&T Offices

Mr. Micheal Breedlove’s students from R. B. Stall HS recently visited the Charleston AT&T offices for a tour and interactive activities.

The students received certificates for completing the same instructional program the associates in the retail stores go through. The training program covers customer service, contracts, and company upward mobility.

“Work-based learning experiences like these truly empower our students to make wise decisions as they prepare for college and career”, said Mr. Breedlove, a business teacher and athletics coach at R. B. Stall High School in North Charleston.

“AT&T has been a terrific business partner,” Breedlove added.


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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:


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West Ashley HS DECA Team Advances to Nationals in Nashville, TN

The West Ashley High School DECA Club competed at the DECA State Career Conference at the North Charleston Coliseum February 26th. Twelve members placed in the top ten and three members placed in the top three.

The West Ashley High School DECA Club is advised by Marketing teacher, Terry Stutts, and is run by a team of five student members. DECA is designed to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

High school DECA members from all over South Carolina were invited to compete in the DECA State Career Conference with members from each team competing in various categories. DECA’s evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component where an industry professional serves as a judge.During the interactive component, members are presented with a real-world problem and given 10 minutes to come up with a solution which they in turn present to the judge. The objective is to be one of the top three finishers in order to qualify for the next level of competition.

Senior Ashante Edwards placed first in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing category.

Senior Ashante Edwards placed first in the category Apparel and Accessories  Marketing and will advance to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in April.

Senior Ashante Edwards placed first in the category Apparel and Accessories
Marketing and will advance to compete at the International Career Development
Conference (ICDC) in April.

The following WAHS students were placed in the top 3 in their respective categories, earning a trip to nationals also:

  • WAHS Senior Liam Wheless, Retail Merchandising
  • WAHS Freshman Lupe Chaves, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • WAHS Sophomore Rodney Graham, Principles of Business Management and Administration
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Liam Wheless placed third in the category Retail Merchandising. This is Wheless’ fourth year as a part of DECA and his first year serving as club president.

Freshman Lupe Chaves placed third in the category Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Freshman Lupe Chaves placed third in the category Principles of Hospitality and

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Rodney Graham placed third in the category Principles of Business Management and Administration, which will allow him the opportunity to advance to compete at ICDC in April.

These members qualified to compete in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tennessee April 23rd. The categories will be the same, but instead of just competing against other high schools in South Carolina, West Ashley High DECA members will compete against DECA members from across the nation.

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DECA members Alexis Holmes, Amanda Bennett, Victoria Singleton, and DaMya Brown dressed in their professional best and were ready to face the competition!

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Amanda Bennett, Kelly Cochran, and Haley Bauer competed in the DECA State Career Conference February 26th -28th at the North Charleston Coliseum.

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Brain Hawkins and Katlyn Clark placed in the Top 10 in their categories.

Story by Donnie Newton, WAHS Public Relations Coordinator


Wando DECA Students Enjoy Terrific Success at State Event

???????????????????????????????Wando High School’s DECA Team led by Marketing & Management Teacher Mr. Kirk Beilke had 67 students participate in 27 different events at the recent DECA state competition. 15 of his students were competitive qualifiers and will join over 10,000 competitors from 9 countries at the ICDC – International Career and Development Conference in Nashville, TN April 23-27.

Wando also has 10 DECA members enrolled to attend upcoming Leadership Workshops and a Senior Management Institute. Congratulations to the amazing students in DECA at Wando High School on their success and best of luck to those moving on to nationals!???????????????????????????????

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West Ashley High School DECA Stages Inaugural 5K Race Fundraiser

Congratulations to Terry Stutts, West Ashley High School DECA Adviser and his dedicated students on their first successful 5K event this past weekend!

Here are a few pictures from the event – Thanks to all that helped make this event possible!

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Wando Students Compete in DECA International Career and Development Conference

DECA_logo.svgCongratulations to the Wando DECA qualifiers that competed in the International Career and Development Conference recently.
Wando DECA Adviser Kirk Beilke  said, “I want to give a special recognition to junior Eileen Stribling who made it “on stage” to receive her award for best role play response in the Human Resource Management category and to Kate Harper, Alton Massalon, and Elizabeth Clayton for receiving A Gold Award for “The Warrior Shop”, our own Nationally Certified School Based Enterprise.”
Other Wando DECA ICDC participants included:
Mason Hammond – Professional Selling Hospitality
Madison Mead – Professional Selling Financial Services
Forrest Redden and Will Lewis – Business Law and Ethics
Carrie Hillebrand – Business Financial Series
Thanks to everyone that supported the Wando DECA team at the event, and throughout the year!