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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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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 Culinary Students & ProStart National Champs Work Kickin’ Chicken Kitchen for Night of Fundraising

On Tuesday, 5/19/15, the Kickin’ Chicken team in Mt Pleasant hosted the National ProStart Invitational’s Winning Culinary Management Team from Wando High School as guest managers for the night. All sales during their time at the restaurant were donated back to their program.

THANK YOU Kickin’ Chicken for supporting Wando Culinary Arts students, and for all you do for our community!

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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!

Wando HS Students Excel in TARC Rocketry Competition

On March 21st, two Wando model rocket teams competed in the 2015 South Carolina Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The rookie team of Maggie Gourdin, Theresa Earls, Mike Lake and captain Brent Curtis had the best total score of all South Carolina TARC teams.
Out of more than 3500 teams nationally, the Wando High School team placed 105th overall, just missing an invitation to the national finals in Manassas, Virgina in May.IMG_0382
Photos show Maggie Gourdin, Brent Curtis and Theresa Earls preparing their rocket for launch.
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – Wando ProStart Wins 1st Place at National Conference!

Congratulations Wando’s NATIONAL CHAMPION ProStart Management Team: Tanner Crunelle, Anna Ware, Talbot McGee – they brought home the trophy with their 1st place finish in Management at the 2015 National ProStart Invitation in Anaheim California last weekend.

Chef Bill Twaler, Wando ProStart adviser said, “I could not be more proud of these amazing students and their success at the national level!”

More on this national event here:
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West Ashley High School DECA Hosting Inaugural 5K Run/Walk

West Ashley High School DECA is hosting the 1st Annual WA 5K:WAHS Logo
A Dash Thru the Den on May 23rd at 8:30am on West Ashley High’s campus.

Who:  This is a fun event for anyone and everyone who enjoys running or walking and would like a tour of the West Ashley High campus.


What: The WA 5K: A Dash Thru the Den is a run / walk hosted by West Ashley High School DECA.  The entire event was conceived by students, is being planned by students, and will be directed by students.  The event was created to serve two purposes: 1) To create an annual community-wide event on our campus where people could come together and have a great time with their friends, and 2) To help raise funds to pay for members of DECA to attend the annual International Career Development Conference.  This year 15 West Ashley High students are going to the conference in Orlando!  They hope to be able to take even more students to the conference next year in Nashville.


The race will begin at 8:30am on the track in Wildcat Stadium before taking participants on a “tour” of the West Ashley High campus (or The Den as it’s known by the students).  There will be awards for the Top 3 Male and Female runners / walkers and we will have special awards / giveaways for categories like Best Costume, Most Wildcat Spirit, etc.


Prices are as follows:

  • WAHS Faculty and Students – $20
    • To sign up, please pick up a race packet from a DECA member in the Cafeteria during 3rd period beginning April 14th. Faculty and Students should return their race packet to a DECA member in the Cafeteria along with their registration fee before May 19th.
  • Community Members – $25
    • To register for the WA 5K, please click HERE.
  • Walk Ups – $30
    • Runners / walkers can register on race day between 7am – 8am.

*All race packets include a race bib and an official WA 5K t-shirt.*


If you would like to be a Sponsor for the WA 5K, you can download a Sponsorship Packet HERE.


When: May 23rd at 8:30am beginning on the track in Wildcat Stadium


Where: West Ashley High School
4060 West Wildcat Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29414


More info: Contact the West Ashley High School DECA Program at for more information.


Lowcountry Tech Academy Cyber Patriot Team Earns 3rd Place at Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

This past Saturday, students from Lowcountry Tech Academy  won 3rd Place in the 2015 PCDC competition.
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Team adviser and Information Assurance and Networking instructor John Williams said, “The team did very well in the event – the difference between 1st Place and 3rd Place was 3 points!”

Special thanks to Bill Littleton from SPAWAR for all his help with the students!

The Palmetto Cyber Security Competition is sponsored by the Atlantic SPAWAR Command (
Additionally, the top 5 teams in the state who qualified in US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition were invited to compete.
The LTA team placed 3rd in the State in the US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition!
Team 2015 PCDC & Team US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition:
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Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Kaylani Jordan WAHS
Dhruval Patel WAHS
Joe Ingram WAHS
Michael Lanier WAHS
Mongy Mostafa WAHS
Josh Moore WAHS
Team Cyber Patriot Home School
First Name Last Name
Mathew (Logan) Blalock WAHS
Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Edward Bryce Washington St. Johns
Jessi Hernandez-Gomez WAHS
Monica Washington WAHS

Both teams were coached my LTA Teachers Mr. John Williams & Mr. Keith Bex

Congratulations to everyone on their success in these events!

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