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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.

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Chef Twaler and his students from Wando HS.

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Culinary students from West Ashley HS



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:



North Charleston HS Culinary Program Hosts West Ashley HS ProStart Competition Practice

The North Charleston High School’s culinary arts program recently hosted a practice event for the West Ashley High School ProStart team that will soon head to Dallas, Texas to compete in the ProStart 2016 National Competition.

Chef Jason Wheless and his state champion WAHS ProStart team ran through their entire process of food prep and plating. Chef Bill Twaler from Wando’s Culinary Arts program was also on hand to offer support and guidance.


North Charleston HS culinary students are excited to start their competition journey next year at the regional event. They all volunteered to help clean the kitchen after the event.”It was an awesome day for our students, and an experience they will not soon forget”, said Chef Cindi Welsh who leads the NCHS Culinary Arts program.

“We are very thankful – This practice will help our team immensely as we look to bring home a ProStart national championship!” said Chef Wheless.

Thanks to Doug OFlaherty with South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association for organizing the opportunity for WAHS to practice prior to their trip!


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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 Culinary Arts Serves Up Seasonal Selections in Wildcat Cafe

Today in the Wildcat Cafe at West Ashley High School, students served up colorful king’s cake and zesty jambalaya.

This student run cafe operates once a week under the supervision of culinary art instructor Chef Jason Wheless.

Students not only prepare and serve the food, but also work the counter taking orders and come up with marketing strategies to increase sales.

Their school based enterprise’s profits help to pay for students to compete in ProStart student organization competitions.

Learn more about Chef Wheless’ Culinary Arts program at West Ashley HS here:



West Ashley HS FCCLA Students Serving the Community

Students in West Ashley High School’s chapter of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently helped pack boxes for the local Basket Brigade at the North Charleston Convention Center.

WAHS FCCLA’s 2015/2016 Chapter Service Projects are focused on helping the less fortunate.  Later this year, FCCLA students will partner with local businesses and community outreach groups to ensure homeless citizens have nutritious food. They will also help host birthday celebrations for children living in local shelters.

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Wando Culinary Arts Students Assist with Les Dames d’Escoffier Autumn Affair Event

Students in Chef Bill Twaler’s culinary arts program at Wando HS were recently invited by the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) to assist in food prep and service at one of the organization’s upcoming gatherings.

LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy.

But the upcoming event was not a typical local meeting, it was actually the LDEI National Conference that was being held in Charleston!

The students prepared special biscuits for the guests and assisted in other aspects of the food services required at the event.


“We jumped at the opportunity for this work-based learning opportunity for the students”, said Chef Twaler on the opportunity to partner with LDEI.


Students’ & professionals’ quotes from the event:
  • “After shucking 600 oysters I don’t know if I’ll be able to use my hand again,” said Cliff Beilke.
  • “Chef this was so much fun I can’t wait to do another function,” said Brenden LaFave.
  • “Chef stop eating my desserts,” said Azlynn Butler.
  • “(Your kids) they were wonderful!”  said Chef Susan Wigley.IMG_2669
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Boeing SC Hosts R. B. Stall HS Robotics Team 4243 Parent Reception

With each new school year, CTE Department Chair and FRC Team 4243 Coach Mrs. Kimberly Pickett starts a new season of designing, building and competing in the FIRST Robotics competitions.

And to have a successful FIRST Robotics Team, Mrs. Pickett must recruit a new group of students to join her seasoned veterans on the team.

And the need for new recruits also applies to the volunteers that will be assisting Team 4243 this season.

Thankfully, Boeing SC stepped up again this year to provide the needed volunteer support for Mrs. Pickett’s students.

Boeing recently hosted the annual Parent Reception for families of students interested in joining the robotics team.  Mr. Perry Morrissette, Sr. Manager, Airplane Level Engineering Integration from Boeing South Carolina was the featured speaker for the gathering of over 85 students, parents, volunteers and teachers in attendance.

After the event, the students gathered near the statue in front of the Boeing facility to take a group photo.

Thanks to all that made this event possible, especially the host, Boeing South Carolina, and best of luck to Team 4243 this season!

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