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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.

DECA State Career Conference (6)

DECA members Alexis Holmes, Amanda Bennett, Victoria Singleton, and DaMya Brown dressed in their professional best and were ready to face the competition!

DECA State Career Conference (7)

Amanda Bennett, Kelly Cochran, and Haley Bauer competed in the DECA State Career Conference February 26th -28th at the North Charleston Coliseum.

DECA State Career Conference (5)

Brain Hawkins and Katlyn Clark placed in the Top 10 in their categories.

Story by Donnie Newton, WAHS Public Relations Coordinator

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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!
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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.


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.


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Wando HS DECA Excels in State Competitions

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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:
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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
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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
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CTE Student Organization Success: DECA and FBLA

Congratulations to the Wando HS, West Ashley HS and R. B. Stall HS DECA teams for earning Gold re-certification on the School Based Enterprises!

Wando DECA adviser Kirk Beilke said special recognition for their Gold Certification goes to 11th grader Kate Harper, 12th grader Cole Whitman, and 10th graders Riley-Grace Marshall and Catherine Ginn, along with the interns and volunteers who run the Warrior Shop each day. These students have been invited to the International DECA Conference to present highlights of this certification to other SBE representatives throughout the country.

R. B. Stall HS DECA adviser Mr. Wayne Reese said, “A profuse and capacious THANKS goes to our own Francis Manigault who stepped up and oversaw a 20 + page report on the store operations, sacrificing personal time to ensure the report was submitted by the deadline.”

The following R. B. Stall HS students placed in the top 10 in their respective events:
  • Julain Lopez Automotive Services Marketing
  • Tyrell Russ Business Finance
  • Ashley Suarez Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Aaron Campbell Marketing Management
  • Diah Slaton Marketing Management


The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Wando earned several awards at their recent state event:

  • Emily Osmer – 2nd in Business Communications
  • Rachel Foertsch -1st in Business Procedures
  • Karley McWhorter – 2nd in Entrepreneurship
  • MaggieRose Connell – 1st Marketing
  • Keely Headrick – 1st Marketing
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Wando Students Participate in Mt. Pleasant Business Expo

On September 18, several Wando High School students were invited to participate in the annual Mt. Pleasant Business Expo. When someone visited their booth, they talked about their participation in student organizations, like DECA and ProStart, and signed up volunteer judges for upcoming competitions. Each had invaluable experiences networking with the hundreds of local professionals in attendance.

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Participants from Wando HS included DECA members Alton Massalon, Elizabeth Clayton, Megan Powell- Rivers, and Pro-Start / Culinary Arts student Anna Ware. This WBL opportunity was made possible thanks to the efforts of  Betsy Wilson,  Wando Work-based Learning Coordinator, Kirk Bielke and Ray McGrath,  Wando DECA Advisers.

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