Garrett Academy Welcomes Principal for a Day: Capt. Marvin L. Jones

This week, leaders from throughout the Charleston area are spending “A day in the life” of a Lowcountry school principal, thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Principal for a Day initiative. IMG_2261IMG_2262

Garrett Academy of Technology’s assigned principal for the day was Captain Marvin L. Jones, MSC, USN,  who has been the commanding officer of the Naval Health CliIMG_2259nic Charleston since September 2013.

When captain Jones arrived to Garrett Academy, he saw his name on the school sign and his own parking spot designated by a special sign!  In the school’s front lobby a large color sign custom designed by Mr. Butler’s Digital Arts & Design class welcomed him to the school.

Captain Jones shadowed Garrett Academy principal Charity Summers today and saw first hand how the school operates.

New this year for the chamber’s Principal for a Day program is the opportunity for the principals to return the favor – principals will be shadowing their assigned community leader this summer at their place of business.

This wonderful program is structured to foster and sustain important relationships between schools and the key decision makers in the community.



West Ashley DECA Team Enjoys Success at State Conference

DECA_logo.svgOn the weekend of February 27-28,  West Ashley High School sent 22 Wildcats and their adviser Mr. Terry Stutts to the 72nd Annual South Carolina DECA Career Development Conference.

Students competed in role play events in categories based on marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Their weekend at the conference also consisted of an opening session, a leadership academy, an election session for state officers and an awards banquet.

The Wildcats had a very strong showing with 18 of our competitors placing in the top ten of their respective categories including one first place, two third places and a fourth place.

Mr. Stutts and his WAHS DECA team are now looking forward to competing in the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 24-28.


Wando DECA 2015

Wando HS DECA Excels in State Competitions

Wando DECA 2015
Mr. Kirk Beilke, Wando High School’s DECA adviser, shared the following impressive report on his students’ success at the recent DECA State Competitions:  “58 students placed/qualified in over 18 separate business categories!”
“With a record 9 first place awards, 2 second, and 6 third, Wando business students have much to be proud of in their preparation for the event and the experience they gained during the competition.” Beilke said.
In all 36 Wando students have qualified for the International Career and Development Conference in which the best high school business students from 9 countries will compete.
Below is a list of the Top Ten Award winners and a listing of their categories:
Wando DECA State Results
Finalists will compete at the
International Competition in Orlando, Fla 4/24-4/29
Mason Hammond Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling 1st
Riley Badger Travel & Tourism Team 1st
Tradd-Michael Robison
Kenny Fry Hospitality Services Team 1st
Emily Knepper
William Lewis Business Law and Ethics Team 1st
Forrest Redden
Megan Mallin Financial Services Team 1st
Maria Pavic
Elizabeth Clayton Chapter Body of Work Team 1st
Madison Mead
Kate Harper Student Based Enterprise 1st
Cole Whitman Business Plan Team
Riley-Grace Marshall
Catherine Ginn
Miles Bidwell National Stock Market Game Team 1st
Henry Frenzel
Harrison Mack
Parker Walton Virtual Business Sports Simulation Team 1st
Cameron Parker
Misae Evans Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan 2nd
Madison Mead Financial Consulting 2nd
Miles Bidwell Financial Services Team 3rd
Charles Buck
Caroline Hillebrand Business Financial Series 3rd
Brian Muztatago Principles of Hospitality and Tourism 3rd
Samantha Paragano Hotel and Lodging Mgt 3rd
Cameron Parker Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan Team 3rd
Parker Walton
Eileen Stribling Human Resource Management 3rd
Top Ten 
Graham Boyd Sports&Entertainment Team 4th
Trevor Behrens
Wilson Crone Business Financial 4th
Alton Massalon Food Marketing 4th
Savannah Parker Community Service 4th
Charles Zobel Principles of Finance 5th
Elizabeth Schilpp Restaurant and Food Service 5th
Evan Roberts Hospitality Services Team 5th
Joel Pio
Katie Brooks Marketing Management 5th
Kevin Cooper Sports&Entertainment Team Top 10
Parker White
Sam Crossland Accounting Applications Top 10
Brandon Dailey Marketing Communications Team Top 10
Alex Mallin
Jessie Gordon Hospitality and Tourism Team Top 10
Darby Johnson
Dustin Ingram Automotive Services Top 10
Brianna Radle Hospitality Services Team Top 10
Meghan Powell-Rivers
Steven Rodenberg Principles of Finance Top 10
Maurice Smith Principles of Finance Top 10
Zachary Taube Principles of Finance Top 10

West Ashley HS VEX Robotics Team Earns Spot in State Competition

West Ashley HS had three robots competing in the recent Lowcounry VEX Challenge.IMG_0740

Mr. Nicholas Holmes, WAHS Robotics adviser provided the following recap of the event hosted by his high school:

“Of our 3 teams, our WAHS-A team was the most successful with a record of 8-1, and finished the qualification matches ranked as the #1 overall seed. The team went on to win the first round of playoffs easily, buy missed making it to the final match by 3 points! The team also earned top honors with the 3rd best autonomous program and the 7th best driver. (These are all out of 25 teams).”

“The WAHS-A  robot qualified to participate in the South Carolina State robotics competition on March 7th.  If they are one of the top 3 teams, they will be invited to compete in the World robotics championship in Kentucky in early April!”

“Last year, our robot made it to the state competition but was only invited because we placed it on a waitlist. This year, we earned our spot and have a legitimate shot of taking this thing all the way!!”, Mr. Holmes added.

Students paid special tribute to Mr. Phillip Beyel, a former teacher at WAHS that moved out of town recently, by attaching his picture to one of the competition robots.

Special thanks to Cummins Charleston for their investment of time and talent in the WAHS VEX Robotics team!

Congratulations to Mr. Holmes and his students on hosting a terrific event, and on their success in this robotics competition – we wish them good luck in the state event!


Stall Robotics Team pic 2015

R. B. Stall FIRST Robotics Team Competes in Palmetto Regional FRC

“From January 3rd until February 17th, students on FIRST Robotics Team 4243 met Monday through Thursday, and all day on Saturday to take a tote of scraps and transform it into a recycling machine!”, said Mrs. Kimberly Pickett, FIRST Robotics adviser at R. B. Stall HS. This year, Team 4243 finished 27th out of 66 teams at the Palmetto Regional FRC held recently in Myrtle Beach.

“The work that goes into this sport, is not just physically putting together a couple of pieces of metal, but designing, programming, analyzing, and developing strategies to compete both competitively and collaboratively with other teams from around the world. I could not be more proud of all their hard work and dedication!” Mrs. Pickett added.

IMG_0158Some team members dressed up as Warriors, the school mascot and others waived the school flag in support of the team – School principal Mr. Kim Wilson also attended the event to cheer on the students.

The following students represented R. B. Stall HS in the recent Palmetto Regional FRC tournament: Priscilla Castillo, Ian Cole,  Maribel Garcia, Roseller Garcia,  Steven Iorio,  Rebeca Lomeli,  Ignacio Lopez, Danielle Newsome, Estefani Paredes,  Paul Thieman, Alex Tsai,  Nicholas Waring,  Frederick Wright, and Tay Young.

Team Members who did not go to Myrtle Beach but worked very hard this season include: Ariel Acierto, Melvin Garcia, and Orenthal Green.


Students Enjoying Success in Nail Technology at West Ashley High School

At West Ashley High School, Ms. Helen Shepherd’s students are learning valuable work-readiness skills as they prepare for a career as a Nail Technician.

Ms. Shepherd shared these pictures of her students in action –



Career Carousel Event Held for Wando 9th Grade Academy Students

February 25, 2015 – Over 900 students in the freshman class at Wando High School participated in a career awareness and CTE program information event today.

Students visited various CTE Classrooms for an overview of each of the four “Schools of Study” at Wando:

  • School of Arts and Humanities – Ms. Ashley Wyrick, Dean
  • School of Business and Information Systems – Ms. Betsy Wilson, Dean
  • School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering – Mr. David Roemer, Dean
  • School of Health, Human and Public Services – Ms. Ruth Truluck, Dean

Students enjoyed a video detailing the CTE Programs available in each School of Study and got to participate in some hands on activities in each room.  Each completed an evaluation and response sheet after the event to communicate their takeaways.

The goal of the event was to expose freshmen first hand to the wide variety of Career and Technology Education programs available at Wando High School.


R. B. Stall Health Science Program Visits Horizon Bay Assisted Living

IMG_1242February 25, 2015 – Today, students in Ms. Erin Shiver’s Clinical Studies program at R. B. Stall HS enjoyed an interactive visit to the assisted living and memory care units at Horizon Bay.

They learned that assisted living residents have their own individual living spaces (and vehicles if desired and appropriate) and their care can range from help with only meals to personal care. The students shadowed caregivers, interacted with residents and helped serve lunch.
The memory care unit provides in depth care for residents diagnosed with Alzheimers/dementia. This is the area that most students love and want to stay. The students are directly shadowing caregivers (medical assistants, physical therapists, nurses​, med techs, administration​ ) assisting with the patient transport and activities for brain stimulation​.
​Ms. Shiver said, “The impact from this experience was enlightening. I could see a sparkle in their eyes and a pep in their step​. My students were motivated and empowered to take action now in pursuit of their careers in health care. I was witnessing their future becoming their present as they asked for volunteer applications and schedules. This 2-hour experience was filled with more information and reality than they were expecting and I was gratified!”  “​They all dressed and acted the part; 100% dressed in scrubs and wearing ID’s and carrying their clipboards and pens with their job shadowing worksheets attached”, Ms. Shiver added.

Culinary Students Assist with Chefs’ Feast Event Supporting Lowcountry Food Bank

Students from Wando HS and Military Magnet Academy were among the volunteers that helped serve over 1200 guests attending last night’s Chefs’ Feast, and event that supports the Lowcountry Food Bank. At the event, 32 local restaurants were on hand to provide about 600 portions each of some of their signature dishes.

Chef Joseph Crompton, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy said, “This event is an excellent opportunity to show culinary students what large scale catering and serving is all about.”

Chef Crompton shared a “movie trailer” style event recap video – check it out here.


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