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The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School

Keenan exhibits talent at District Honors Orchestra program

By Cedric McQueen, Features Writer

Showcasing their skills, Keenan’s orchestra members attended the District Honors Orchestra event at 6:00 P.M. on February 17 at Lower Richland High school. The day before, various students participated in the practice conducted from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The top orchestra students from both middle and high school attended the concert.

Keenan Orchestra Teacher Ms. Christi Lewis and her best students were also present. Continue reading “Keenan exhibits talent at District Honors Orchestra program”

Seniors gain superlatives

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

Senior Superlatives are memories that best describe graduating seniors. These superlatives recognize characteristics in students who are moving on and leaving high school, and the photos go in the yearbook.

Keenan had 16 Senior Superlatives this year. The Senior Superlatives include Most Popular, Most Talkative, Most Outgoing, Most Athletic, Most Attractive, Most Wanted by Admiration, Continue reading “Seniors gain superlatives”

A legacy that still lives on

By Emani Patterson, Features Writer

On February 23, Keenan held a Black History Month program for staff and students. They learned the importance of why Black History Month is celebrated.

They also watched their fellow classmates dance, sing and act as if they were a part of the movement many years ago.

“Past motivational speakers made it to where we’re able to see and understand what they had Continue reading “A legacy that still lives on”

Athletes take steps to their future

By Logan McDaniel, News Writer

Players are being recruited for different sports at all times. Some players focus on behavior, thinking that’s what recruiters look at.

“I believe this because coaches rather see players working together with good behaviors,” Freshman Dillon Jones, varsity basketball player, said.

Many wonder if participating on a bad team will affect their chances of being recruited. Continue reading “Athletes take steps to their future”

Secretary of Education plans to eliminate Common Core Standards

By Rodriqua Briggs, News Writer

Mrs. Catina Garner, Math teacher, and Mrs. Carla Gourdine, English teacher, discussed their jobs and how they feel about the Secretary of Education.

Kids probably wander in their minds every day why a teacher does his or her job, or how they feel about what their teaching salary.

“Too much work and not enough pay,” Garner said. Continue reading “Secretary of Education plans to eliminate Common Core Standards”

Upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors are impacted through high school

By Jasmine Tillman, Features Writer

Middle school has ended, and it’s time to grow up. The upcoming freshmen have become young adults and have matured, while seniors are leaving and moving out into the real world. Now let’s get a sneak peek on how high school has impacted their lives.

“High school is hard, and the teachers are tough, but it’s not as bad as people made it seem,”Freshman Jametta Favor said. Continue reading “Upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors are impacted through high school”

School or work: Which one matters?

By Rodney Chavis, Features Writer

Will working have a low or high impact on a student’s performance in school? Maybe having a job will benefit them greatly.

Some may think having a part-time job is fun and exciting.

With students having part time jobs are their test scores being affected? Teachers answered that question in more ways than some people could think. Continue reading “School or work: Which one matters?”

Future ninth graders participate in Keenan tour

By Cedric McQueen, News Writer

Keeping the tradition alive, Keenan conducted its annual campus tour for the eighth graders at 9:00 A.M. on February 3. Every year, the tour gives the future ninth graders something to look forward to.

Mrs. Latayna Williams, Assistant Principal, as well as Senior Denia Epps and Sophomore Tevin Glover were involved in the tour. Continue reading “Future ninth graders participate in Keenan tour”

Keenan students walk the runway

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

On Sunday January 22 Keenan held a scholarship pageant. The judges crowned a Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior, Mr. Keenan and Miss Keenan.

“I feel good and proud I can lead my class in a positive way,” Junior Alexxis Mitchell, Miss. Junior, said.

The pageant was organized into four categories for underclassmen: formal wear, business, Continue reading “Keenan students walk the runway”

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