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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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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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Wando Advanced Robotics Earns General Motors Industrial Design Award at FRC Regional

Wando Advanced Robotics (WAR) performed beautifully at the FRC North Carolina Regional!FIRST_Robotics_Competition_(logo)

The WAR team was recognized for its commitment to safety and earned (for the second year in a row) the FRC Safety Pin!

Even better, WAR finished fifth overall out of fifty-five Atlantic coast teams after being seeded sixth at the end of the qualifying rounds.

But best of all, this talented and dedicated group of Wando students won the prestigious General Motors Industrial Design Award for most efficient, elegant, and robust robot!  This coveted award is a tribute to the hard work and ingenuity of the students and  STEM teachers of Wando and their dedicated professional mentors.

Wando Advanced Robotics is supported by Bosch, SAIC, NDEP-SPAWAR, Coca-Cola, Boeing, Blackbaud, CCSD, Leidos, Wando High School, SolidWorks, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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Student and mentor show off the General Motors Industrial Design Award.

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Students respond to FRC judges’ questions about the robot’s design.

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WAR’s Lead Build Student holds the award he helped win.

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WAR’s Drive Team waits in queue for their next match.
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Team photo at the end of competition (not all students and mentors could attend this second regional).

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.


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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Wando Mechatronics Students Visit Cummins Facility

Cecil Gainey’s mechatronics students from Wando High School recently enjoyed an informative and interactive visit to Cummins Turbo Technologies facility in Charleston.

Student were impressed with the size of a 300 pound diesel turbo engine and the research & development, commitment to quality, and local teamwork required to ensure it’s optimal performance. These massive Cummins engines will be installed in a variety of seagoing vessels, sometimes in multiples of 2 or more.

“Thanks to Mr. Z Dixon, and all the local Cummins team members for enabling students to see first-hand the career opportunities that await them in the vibrant manufacturing sector here in Charleston”, said Mr. Gainey after the visit.



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Wando Technology Teacher Receives Innovative Program Award at Statewide Conference

The Wando High School “Student Help Desk” for computer support, led by Computer Networking and Cyber Security instructor Thomas Hundley, was awarded the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology’s “Technology Innovative Program Award” at the 2014 South Carolina Ed Tech conference in Greenville on October 30.

Pictured above during the award presentation program, left to right: Don Cantrell SCAET Chairman, Thomas Hudley, Judith Wyndham, and Darcy Stewart.

Ms. Stewart is the on-site IT technician at Wando HS; she assisted in the development of the program. Ms. Wyndham serves as the district’s Director of Customer Support for Information Technology.

Congratulations to Mr. Hundley, and everyone that enabled this innovative program to become a reality!

To learn more about all the wonderful and innovative CTE programs at Wando High School, CLICK HERE.


Automotive Technology Students Getting Hands Dirty in New Building at Wando HS

Mr. Andy Streets’ Automotive Technology program at Wando High School is empowering the next generation of local mechanics with hands-on learning opportunities.

With a new building and state-of-the-art automotive repair equipment, Mr. Streets is building a program that will produce graduates with excellent prospects for local employment.

Students can also choose to continue their studies at Trident Technical College, where Mr. Streets also teaches classes.

To learn more about the Automotive Technology program at Wando High School, or any of the many CTE programs offered there, click this link.


Wando HS Empowering Next Generation of Charleston Cosmetologists

Ms. Mary Smith’s cosmetology program is shaping up nicely at the Center for Advanced Studies at Wando High School.

Today her students were practicing their skills on mannequins, a required step in their march toward certification.

For more information on the Cosmetology program at Wando, Click Here.




Pumpkins Carved by Wando Culinary Arts Students on Display

Bill Twaller’s Culinary Arts students at Wando High School have carved a truck load of pumpkins this fall!

Check out the variety and creativity in the gallery below.