Congressman Mark Sanford Visits Wando HS Classes Participating in Capital Hill Stock Market Challenge

April 13, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant, SC – Mr. Mark Sanford, U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district recently visited students in Kirk Beilke’s management and marketing classes at Wando High School. Congressman Sanford is an official sponsor of the Capital Hill Stock Market Challenge in which members of congress chose local schools in their constituencies.  There are 4350 teams from throughout the United States and 8 of these teams are at Wando High School in Mr. Beilke’s classes.
Participating students began with $100K to invest in the stock market and make trades over 14 weeks in an effort to increase their portfolio over other teams. Currently Wando has two teams in the top 500, on in 118th place and one in 350th place overall out of 4350 teams nationwide! Mr. Sanford was impressed with students’ knowledge of the market place and spoke of the importance of understanding and participating in financial investments in their future.
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West Ashley HS Team Places 4th at SC ProStart Invitational Event


ProStart logoCongratulations to Chef Jason Wheless and his West Ashley High School Culinary Arts students on their 4th place finish in the recent SC ProStart Invitational held at the North Charleston Convention Center.




L to R: Kimber Cannady, Victoria singleton, Da’Mya Brown, Michelle Hammock, Malik Singleton, Morgan Winstead, Kalyn Barrineau, Abigail Delgado, Caroline Burr.


West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Visit Village at Summerville Retirement Community

Nail Technicians in training from Ms. Helen Shepherd’s CTE program at West Ashley High School recently visited residents of the Village at Summerville, a Presbyterian retirement community.

The students provided massage, nail care and painting services to residents.

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“My students enjoyed the opportunity to serve the residents and practice their skills – the students love these types of community service opportunities.” said Ms. Shepherd on the experience.


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Students from Lincoln MHS and Academic Magnet HS Visit Bulls Island through Over the Horizon Program

April 8, 2015 – Awendaw, SC – Thirteen students from Lincoln Middle-High School in McClellenville and thirteen students from Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, 26 in all, enjoyed an interactive visit to beautiful Bulls Island, part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

The experience was made possible through a program called “Over the Horizon” which started over 4 years ago through a Riley Institute at Furman – Diversity Leadership in Action project led by a small group of SC Diversity Leaders Initiative participants from the Lowcountry.

Brian Wells, a Charleston area engineer, Patricia Midgett with the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Chris Crolley with Coastal Expeditions charter service, Vera Manigault, renowned local sweetgrass basket artisan, and Michael Allen with the Gullah Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor remain involved in the project, along with many others that partnered for the initial trip to Bulls Island.

The goal of the “Over the Horizon” project is to share the value of diversity, both biodiversity and human diversity. “Just as a healthy ecosystem supports diversity of wildlife, a healthy community supports a diverse group of people”, said Raye Nilius with the National Wildlife Service, one of the original organizers of the first trip.

Building on the success of students from Wando and Burke High Schools participating twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, students from two new schools have now enjoyed their first trip. Lincoln and Academic Magnet students connected over breakfast in a classroom at Lincoln, and rode the bus together to the dock to catch the boat to Bulls Island. IMG_1539

On the boat ride to Bulls Island, naturalist and Coastal Expeditions guide Olivia Melanie began the program with an introduction to the concept of biodiversity.




Once the boat arrived, students set off on a tour of the island’s sights led by Ms. Melanie, including historical landmarks and natural wonders.



After viewing two dozen alligators swimming in a shallow pond, the students visited a monument commemorating the original English settlers of Charleston, or Charles Town as it was first named. These original Charlestonians stopped first on Bulls Island and interacted with Seewee Native Americans before sailing their boat, named Carolina up the Ashley River to start their colony on site now known as Charlestown Landing.

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No visit to Bulls Island is complete without a walk on Boneyard beach – the student collected shells and explored this pristine beach in two places before heading back to Dominick House, the island’s sole residence, for lunch.

But the last stop before lunch was a highlight – while walking on a trail, students discovered a group of new born alligator hashlings scampering back to their mother. The students wisely kept their distance from the mama-gator…



After lunch under one of the old oak trees by the Dominick House, the students enjoyed presentations from Vera Manigault and Michael Allen on the history of sweetgrass baskets and the amazing Gullah Geechee culture.


Special thanks to the terrific Natural Wildlife Service Volunteers that helped throughout the day – from driving the transport trailers to ensuring lunch was on the table when we returned from Boneyard Beach!

Thanks to everyone that helped expand the “Over the Horizon” program to include two new schools – the wonderful memories the students left with will be with them forever.

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Lowcountry Tech Academy and Garrett Academy Students Enjoy Success at SkillsUSA Event

Congratulations to students from Garrett Academy of Technology and Lowcountry Tech Academy on their success at the recent SkillsUSA State Competition in Greenville, SC.

Thanks to everyone that helped these students achieve this success, especially Roxann Phillips, SkillsUSA adviser at Garrett Academy and Julie Zeigler, SkillsUSA adviser at Lowcountry Tech.

Garrett Academy of Technology student success:

  • 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking – Kwanahsia Gaddist
  • 3rd  place Related Technical Math – Devyn Green
  • 5th place Restaurant Service – Styandia Lewis
  • 6th place Cosmetology – Jenna Marsey

 Lowcountry Tech Academy student success:

  • 2nd place Job Skills Demonstration – DayQuan Forrest
  • 5th place Job Skills Demonstration – Shawn Pyatt
  • 1st Place Job Interview – Eric Berry
  • 5th Place Job Interview – Asia Wright
  • 4th place Medical Terminology – Traquan Winns

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Over 30 Professionals Participate in Lincoln MHS Career Day

March 26 , 2015 – McClellanville, SC – Lincoln Middle-High School welcomed over 30 community partners and business professionals to their annual career day expo in their school gym.

Students in grades 6-12 had the opportunity to engage professionals in conversation and get first-hand insight into a variety of career pathways.

Assistant Principal Ms. Pamela Jubar said, “We are extremely thankful for the members of the community that invested their time today in our students.”

“We are thankful for everyone that made the event possible – special thanks to Ms. Leondra Stoney and Ms. Alvalene Rogers for their planning efforts” Ms. Jubar added.

Culinary Arts instructor Ms. April Mazyck and her students supplied the breakfast for the visitors, and everyone enjoyed a sandwich from Honeybaked Ham company before leaving.

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Wando Students Earn Trip to FBLA National Competition

Congratulations to the Wando FBLA team on their success at the Future Business Leaders of America State Competition held recently in in North Charleston.

Ms. Kaye Hinson and Mr. Julius Moor are the co-advisers of FBLA at Wando, and both were extremely proud of the team’s performance this year.

The following students placed first overall in the state and earned the opportunity to compete in the FBLA National Competition in Chicago!

  1. Maggie Rose Connell  – Marketing
  2. Keely Headrick – Marketing
  3. Rachel Foertsch – Business Procedures
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WAHS Spawar Field Trip March 2015

West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit SPAWAR & Share Project Videos

Engineering students in Dr. Leonard’s Project Lead the Way program at West Ashley High School have had another excellent semester.

They recently visited SPAWAR and enjoyed a tour hosted by engineer Danielle Hemingway.

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Dr. Leonard also shared iMovies detailing how students employed the Engineering Design Process and Autodesk Inventor software to design and build a Puzzle Cube in her Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design class.

Here are a few examples of these student videos:

Puzzle Cube Adventure

The Tale of the Puzzle Cube

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