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The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School

Battle of the Bands: Watch how we do it our way

By DaiDrina McCullough, News Writer

Keenan’s Marching Raider Rubber Band hosted its first annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.

The Battle of the Bands is a good opportunity for young folks who are on the band

“We travel throughout the Southeast to compete and perform,” Mr. Garrick Rivers, band director, said. “It was time for us to host our own competition.” Continue reading “Battle of the Bands: Watch how we do it our way”

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Keenan takes fall on Coming Home game

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan had its Coming Home basketball game January 26 at Keenan against Gray Collegiate Academy.

Keenan had four girls running for Coming Home Princess and one boy running for Prince.

‘’All games are tough and competitive at this time of the year because they’re preparing Continue reading “Keenan takes fall on Coming Home game”

Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

On August 22, Keenan’s student body met its new principal, Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley.

Whaley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, earning his master’s degree in Biology He was formerly an assistant principal at A.C Flora High School and Eau Claire High School.

“I think it’s a great feeling working with young people to establish a vision to take W.J Keenan High to the next level,” Whaley said. Continue reading “Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better”

Raiders ready for battle

By Todd Garrett, Sports Writer

The Keenan basketball program is getting ready for its upcoming season. The boys’ basketball team took a tough loss in the championship game against Burke High School. The girls lost in the third round to Christ Church Episcopal School at home.

“I feel good about the upcoming season and that they put a lot of work in during the off season,” Coach Reggie McClain said. Continue reading “Raiders ready for battle”

Graduation is coming sooner rather than later

By Amaria Webb, News Writer

Graduation is on June 7 at Colonial Life Arena. The senior class is ready for this day. We have four more months until June 7.

“I’m excited; also, ready to begin my life as a soldier,” Senior Rodney Chavis said.

People have different feelings about graduation.

“Ready,” Senior Thessalonian Reid said. Continue reading “Graduation is coming sooner rather than later”

Keenan basketball teams stare down title

By Dillon Jones, Sports Writer

Keenan’s boys’ basketball team fell just three points short of its goal last year. Five seniors graduated from the team, leaving holes to be filled for the 2017-2018 team. Players and coaches are ready to see what this year’s team will do and achieve.

“I’m ready for the first game,” Sophomore Raekwon Horton said. “I’m ready to start the journey that will get us back to state and this time win.” Continue reading “Keenan basketball teams stare down title”

Lady Raiders ready to batter it up

By Jada Ramsey, Sports Writer

The Lady Raider Softball team’s upcoming season will start in February. The ladies have already begun workouts. They practice for at least three hours every Tuesday and Thursday. The Raiders work on batting, base running, calling out plays and other activities to get ready for the 17-18 season.

“I feel the season will be a good one,” Sophomore Amiya Webb said.

Continue reading “Lady Raiders ready to batter it up”

Delta GEMS helps families during holiday season

By Imani Osborne, News Writer

The Delta GEMS group of Keenan participated in the Families Helping Families community service project on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. This took place at the Families Helping Families warehouse in West Columbia.

Families Helping Families is a non-profit organization that helps families during Christmas time. The organization works by a family adopting a less fortunate family and providing them Continue reading “Delta GEMS helps families during holiday season”

Principal for a Day learns the ins and out of high school

By Karlniyah Hill and Jaquaris Tobias, News Writers

Pastor Simeon Moultrie was Principal for a Day on November 9, 2017

Moultrie came to Keenan because he thought it was a good school and a nice environment to be in. He also heard good things about Keenan from graduates and social media.

Moultrie and Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley, Principal, went around the school to each classroom to observe and interact with teachers and the objects in the classroom that were related to what Continue reading “Principal for a Day learns the ins and out of high school”

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