Students in Mr. Breedlove’s marketing class at R.B. Stall High School have enjoyed working with Junior Achievement volunteers Jackson Haskell and Justin Jackrel on starting a new business. Special thanks to Ms. Jeni Becker with Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina for her help facilitating this excellent opportunity for Charleston County School District students!
Students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy were among the attendees for the 3rd Annual Federal Agencies Informational Exhibition on May 5, 2017, hosted by FEA of Greater Charleston.
Representatives from various federal agencies educated the public about the many ways the federal government serves the community and makes life better for Lowcountry citizens.
25 federal agencies and military organizations had displays highlighting their mission, programs and initiatives. Professionals from each participating organization were available to answer questions. “Some of the displays included a mini C-17 airplane, passport fair, law enforcement dogs, survey boats, robots from SPAWAR, an authentic fire suit, transport vehicles, and much more”, said Ms. Hamm.
“I am so thankful my students had the opportunity to participate in this terrific event”, Ms. Hamm added.
May 8, 2017 – Charleston, SC - Several students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy visited Trident Technical College’s Industrial Mechanics Department today.
Each of the participating students completed a career assessment earlier in the semester that indicated a strong interest in Industrial Mechanics, and related career pathways.
The students participated in a simple machine demonstration of how to produce torque. “The students remarked some of the equipment looked complicated, but they were confident they could learn how to properly use the equipment.” said Ms. Hamm.
Mr. David Perkins, Program Coordinator for Industrial Mechanics at Trident Technical College, explained to the students that there are traits all employers are looking for in their employees. He told students if they made it a point to show up early and prepared to work the whole shift as scheduled, they could enjoy a long and productive career with many local companies. He also stressed that experience or knowledge will get you in the door but commitment and dedication will keep you there and allow for promotions.
The students left with a clear understanding of the important role Industrial Mechanics serve repairing and maintaining commercial / industrial machinery in buildings, or in a plant or factory setting. The students were excited to learn the job outlook for this industry is extremely bright in the Charleston region, and that these jobs pay extremely well.
Thanks to Mr. Perkins at Trident Tech for hosting this work-based learning experience, and for sharing the seamless pathway for students to complete high school and earn their industry certifications and associates degree.
West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week
West Ashley High students learn about careers in engineering Charleston, SC – From February 21-24, West Ashley High School hosted Wildcat Engineers Week, a week of opportunities for students to learn more about a career in engineering.
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is designed to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life and to encourage students to pursue a career in the field of engineering. According to their website, “More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.”
“The theme of this year’s Engineers Week is ‘Dream Big’,” said West Ashley High Engineering teacher Dr. Barbara Leonard. “That’s really the message we’re trying to impart.” Wildcat Engineers Week started with guest speaker Nancy Jenkins from the Army Corps of Engineers. Jenkins’ presentation focused on architecture, what architects do, how to become an architect, and popular architecture projects. Jenkins presented to Dr. Leonard’s Civil Engineering and Architecture students. She is a graduate of Middleton High School. “We want to engage students and to have students ask questions and learn as much as they can about engineering while they’re still in high school,” said Dr. Leonard. “I think engineering is a stealth profession.”
The next event included an on-site visit and demonstration from four Boeing engineers. Each engineer talked about his or her career path, the different planes they’re working on, and then collaborated with the students to complete an activity. The students were divided into groups and had to make a wing of an airplane out of index card-size slips of paper and scotch tape. The wing was placed between two chairs while items like pencils, pens, and coins were placed on top of them to test the durability and strength of the wing each group created.
“The Ultimate Driving Machine,” a BMW smart car, made a special appearance on West Ashley High’s campus as well. Students were able to explore the interior of the car and learn more about the special engine under the hood.
On Thursday, students went on a field trip to the Joint Base Charleston where they took part in a special Tuskegee Airmen presentation. While there, students listened to a presentation about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, took a tour of all the C-17 training facilities on the base, and spoke with representatives from different colleges and aviation careers that set up tables in one of the hangars. Two Tuskegee Airmen were present during the festivities. Students from elementary and middle schools within Charleston County School District also attended the event. International orange, the color of engineering, was worn by many of those who participated in the week’s events.
The final Wildcats Engineers Week event consisted of Dr. Leonard and Mr. Robert Stone’s engineering students displaying their course projects in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) hallway. These creations impressed many attendees of West Ashley High and were the perfect way to demonstrate the impact that Engineers Week has on students.
Thanks to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS Public Relations Coordinator for submitting this story.
WAHS Senior Mary Johnson takes first in Behavioral Health Knowledge Charleston, SC –
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 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.
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.”
This article was provided by WAHS Public Relations Coordinator Donnie Newton
David Fralix, Personal Finance CTE Teacher at Wando High School, shared the following recap and pictures from the Wando High School In-class Business Plan Competition, presented by Glasspro on Friday, April 21.
First and second place winners receive $250 and $150, respectively, from YEScarolina and Glasspro and go on to compete in the countywide business plan competition at the College of Charleston, Tate Center, May 9. Third place winners receive $100 and will also attend the May competition.
Spring 2017 winners were as follows:
Judges for the event were:
First Place: Ben Rusnak: IOP Ice
Second Place: Mills Thompson: The Sock Store
Third Place: Matt Baker: MB Flips
Congratulations to all students who presented their business plans in class between April 18 and April 21, and a special thank you to Glasspro and YESCarolina for their financial support, as well as for providing judges for the competition.
Judges for the event were:
Mr. Paul Heinauer, Founder and CEO of Glasspro
Mr. Matthew Bennett with Poston & Co. Realty
Chip Eiserhardt of The Cassina Group
Glasspro sponsored the event, providing a prize of $250 for first place, $150 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place.
Congratulations to all who participated and presented business plans, and thank you to YEScarolina for supporting Wando HS students through this terrific event!
Dr. Barbara Leonard, West Ashley High School’s PLTW Engineering instructor, provided the following description and pictures from her students recent visit to the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River and the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront park with local professionals from the engineering community.
The 2017 Engineering Tour of the Ravenel Bridge was a great success. Nine engineers led walking tours for 27 pre-engineering students from West Ashley High School on Friday, April 21st. Companies represented included Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. and Stantec Consulting Services of Charleston.
Thank you to the local STEM professionals that invested their time to ensure this powerful work-based learning experience was possible for students from West Ashley High School!
The Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) is staged each spring by volunteers from SPAWAR in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA).
The goal of the event, started in 2013, is to energize middle and high schools, colleges, and their students to focus on the development of technical skills in the area of networking and cyber security that will help in preparations for exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
This year’s PCDC event was held April 8th at Trident Technical College.
- Eight teams of six members each operate a live network and protect it from real hackers with the help of a SPAWAR mentor
- Mentors work with students in the areas of networking, risk mitigation and operating systems
- Creates awareness of the Information Assurance/Cyber Security profession
- Fosters teamwork and opportunities for leadership and crisis management
- Creates an opportunity for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and its Corporate Partners to see South Carolina’s finest STEM students in action
“Students from Wando’s Cyber Defense Team 1 truly enjoyed the event”, reported team adviser and cyber security teacher Rae Ellen Greenberg.
Eric Holmi won 1st place in the high school PCDC-CTF individual high school competition! The following Wando HS students competed in thePCDC Team and PCDC-CTF Individual (Computer Forensics) competition:
WHS PCDC Team
- Noah Wright
- Matthew Pitts
- Hunter Ross
- Morrison Baldwin
- Alex Emory
- Taylor Horst
WHS CTF Competitors
- Justice Davis
- Eric Holmi
And, this year’s event also included middle school students for the first time. Middle school students got a chance to see the event up close, meet professionals from supporting organizations, and participate in their own interactive activities.
Check out these pictures of our participating middle school students in action from the following schools:
- Cario Middle School
- CE Williams Middle School
- Military Magnet Academy
- Buist Academy
- Laing Middle School
Thanks to all the volunteers that made this event possible again this year, especially SPAWAR volunteerss and AFCEA members, and to Trident Technical College for hosting! Thanks to ECPI University for supporting the teachers that chaperoned this event the Saturday before spring break! Read more about the event here on the PDCD website and in the excellent Charleston Regional Business Journal article.
Students from West Ashley High School recently participated in the annual state competition event for Technology Student Association (TSA).
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!
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:
Thanks to all that made this student organization opportunity possible!
Ms. Helen Shepherd shared these samples of the creative work her students are doing in the Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School.
Students can earn their Nail Technician license in this CTE Program.
Thanks to Ms. Shepherd for sharing the excellent work of her students Kasey Cunningham, Kinsley Kemp, Elisa Dillon, Em Dinh, and Lindsey Clarkson.
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