The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School


By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan is having its Spring Concert May 3 at 6 P.M. in the auditorium. This event will be free. There will be tributes to group solos and duets. The band is mostly focusing on chamber ensemble music. Dance is thinking about a High School Musical theme

“I’m working on pieces and places for everyone’s part,” Ms. Destoni Truesdale, dance teacher, said. Continue reading “KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM AT SPRING CONCERT”


Keenan 2A girls win State Championship

By Karlniyah Hill, Sports Writer

Keenan’s lady basketball team vs. Mullins on Friday, March 2 3:00 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Keenan started off 1-6 entering January. The Lady Raiders did not let this affect them every game and when they were on the court.

“I didn’t feel surprised because we always start at the beginning and we always change the Continue reading “Keenan 2A girls win State Championship”

‘Black History is today’

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

Students at Keenan get in the historic spirit as Black History Month began on February 1.

Black history at Keenan is important because Keenan was converted from a predominantly white school, to an integrated school, then a predominantly black school in the 1970’s. Staff and students at Keenan celebrate every ancestor who paved the way for them to be where they are today. Continue reading “‘Black History is today’”

Crown them King and Queen

By Imani Osborne, News Writer

Seniors Thessalonian Reid and Logan Taylor-McDaniel were crowned Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Bolden stadium.

The theme of Homecoming Week was “There’s No Place Homecoming.” There were different days where students could dress up and show their school spirit.

“It was important [for me to show school spirit] because you don’t get a lot of opportunities to Continue reading “Crown them King and Queen”

Kelley’s impact on Sutherland Springs

By Sabria Henderson, News Writer

On November 5, 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley shot up a church, killing victims from ages five to 72 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, not long after 11 A.M. Sunday morning service began.

According to The New York Times, Kelley was armed with a Ruger military-style rifle when he fired upon First Baptist Church, which led to multiple people dying and others wounded. Among Continue reading “Kelley’s impact on Sutherland Springs”

Baseball season is here

By MaKai Adkins, News Writer

The Keenan baseball team is coming out of their three preseason games and are preparing for their first regular season game against Gray Collegiate Academy.

Last year the Keenan Raiders defeated Gray 5-4 with a game winning catch by Senior Tykesse Watson.

“We as a team need to start taking practice more seriously or this is going to be a real long Continue reading “Baseball season is here”

Wrestling Raiders set season off strong

By Walter Rosario III, Sports Writer

Keenan’s 2017-2018 wrestling team kicked off the season with Senior Damien George 5-0.

“It’s going great,” Assistant Coach Pablo Rivera said about the season. “We have a bunch of new wrestlers; they are working hard to improve.”

All the athletes worked hard to accomplish their personal goals.

“Since I started wrestling, my goal is to get a ring because I would be the only one in Keenan to Continue reading “Wrestling Raiders set season off strong”

Hoops, they did it again

By Karlniyah Hill, Sports Writer

Keenan Raiders vs A.C Flora Falcons, November 28, 2017, at Keenan.

The game started at 7:30. Sophomore Raekwon Horton scored the first two points for Keenan. Keenan and Flora played good defense throughout the game.

Students and teachers were excited during the game.

Junior Latrell Taylor scored ten points. Continue reading “Hoops, they did it again”

The Cookout: FUN IN THE SUN

By Tayvion Whaley, News Writer

Keenan’s Parent Teacher Student Association team and administrators came together to hold Keenan’s first annual Community Cookout. The Cookout took place on Nov 4, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in Keenan’s student parking lot.

“The purpose of the cookout was to bring the community together,” Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley, principal, said. Continue reading “The Cookout: FUN IN THE SUN”

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