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West Ashley HS students recognized for accomplishments in Career and Technology Education

West Ashley HS West Ashley High School is excited to announce two scholars earned awards for their work in Career and Technology Education (CTE). The South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of CTE named junior Dejah Parks as the Work-Based Learning Student (WBL) of the Year Award for the Trident region and senior Reggie Miller as the Technology Champion for the Trident Region. 

Parks is a CTE Completer in Helen Shepherd's Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School. Simply Your Spa, located in the Magnolia Park shopping center on Ashley River Road in Charleston, hosted her work-based learning experience. 

“Dejah Parks is the epitome of hard work and dedication,” said Shepherd. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra,’ which she always displays. Dejah's unique awesomeness and positive energy inspire confidence in others. If you want the light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is. Dejah is definitely a shining star.”

Miller is a CTE Completer in the school’s Culinary Arts CTE Program of Studies, led by Jason Wheless. Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop on King Street hosted Miller’s work-based learning experience.  

"Reggie Miller is everything the West Ashley Culinary program stands for,” explained Wheless. “He hit the deck running and never looked back, taking with him knowledge, techniques, a strong network, passion, creativity, and leadership. There is no doubt he will make a huge impact in whatever field he pursues."

The SC Work-Based Learning Student of the Year Award identifies students who are leading examples of excellence and dedication in in their WBL experiences and can demonstrate how that WBL experience will benefit them in their potential career field.

The Technology Champion of the Year honor goes to students who display the ability to balance life inside and outside the classroom with extra-curricular actives and service to the community while demonstrating success in academics, part-time employment, and work-based learning experiences.

Parks and Miller, as well as Antoinette Green (a district career specialist who is the Trident Region’s Career Specialist of the Year), will be honored at the South Carolina Education & Business Summit in Greenville, which is scheduled to take place in late July.