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The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School

Keenan begins EOC testing for the year

By Emani Patterson, News Writer

On May 9, 11, 15, and 16, Keenan began end-of-course (EOC) testing. The EOC is an end-of-course exam that ninth through 11th grade students take each year.

The EOC will determine what students have learned from the beginning of the school year up until now.

“My classes are reviewing every standard and taking practice tests,” Mrs. Rona Stuart, U.S. Continue reading “Keenan begins EOC testing for the year”

Seniors present senior projects

By Salena Webb, News Writer

It’s that time of the year again at Keenan, when all the seniors participate in doing their Senior Projects for a major grade and to show others their plans for the future.

Senior Projects are basically when each senior chooses a topic he or she is interested in or a career he or she wants to pursue in the future.

“My project was on architectural design; I picked that topic because I like to draw, and I believe Continue reading “Seniors present senior projects”

Seniors plan for graduation

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

High school is all about preparing for the “real world.” May 24, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. Keenan students will walk across the stage at Colonial Life Arena.  Students will receive diplomas and rewards from their work over the course of four years, from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

“It’s lit,” Senior Sanchez Lorick said. “I’m ready to take on the next chapter of my life.”

The graduating seniors all have earned 24 course credits, which is the South Carolina state Continue reading “Seniors plan for graduation”

Keenan awards students with celebration

By Cedric McQueen, News Writer

Keenan held a cookout celebration for students who made third quarter honor roll, 11th graders who participated in the WorkKeys and ACT testing, and students who were Caught Being Blue. The celebration was held during fourth block on April 7.

Mrs. Latayna Williams, Assistant Principal, along with Mrs. Deidra Pompey, English Teacher, and Mrs. Saran Hasinger, Guidance Counselor, had a hand in preparations for the celebration. Continue reading “Keenan awards students with celebration”

Seniors will take charge of softball team

By D’Montre’ Smith, Sports Writer

As the Lady Raider softball team seeks perfection during the 2016-2017 season, players will need to win region games.

According to the talent now, do all the coaches think this will be a productive season?

“I think any season is productive if the athletes work hard and listen and give effort,” Coach Reginald LaRoche said. Continue reading “Seniors will take charge of softball team”

Students express feelings in Spoken Word

Junior Damien George reads his poem about his grandmother. File photo.

By Rodney Chavis, Features Writer

On March 17 Keenan students participated in the Spoken Word poetry slam.

The turnout was great; many people came to enjoy the poetry.

There were many participants in this event. Most of the students enjoyed reading their poetry.

Others wondered why the poetry readers wanted to participate.

“I participated in spoken word to up my self-confidence and speaking in front of an audience,” Continue reading “Students express feelings in Spoken Word”

Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen

The Keenan kitchen staff works hard to prepare food for students.

Story and Photo by A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Doris Capers, cafeteria worker, works at the school Satellite Kitchen.

Satellite kitchens, located at individual schools, are where food is transported to for service to customers.

“I enjoy serving the children,” Capers said.

It takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes to prepare the food. Depending on the menu, it Continue reading “Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen”

A Keenan Raider gone too soon

By Bobbianna Branch News Writer

On February 14, Keenan teachers, students and loved ones got the news that a Raider had passed away. Senior Brian Keith Davidson, Jr., (BJ) passed away. This tragic death took a toll on not only his family but also his peers at Keenan.

Junior Hannah Burton was one of the close friends of BJ, and she says that his death has had an positive and negative impact on her and her classmates. Continue reading “A Keenan Raider gone too soon”

Teen decapitates his mother

By Jasmine Tillman, News Writer

There comes a time when kids need help and it’s not given or recognized. Some kids go through things that some others haven’t experienced. Kids tend to act out based on how they grew up or the household they live in.

According to WLTX story “North Carolina Teen Decapitates his mother”, 18-year-old Oliver Funez from Louisburg, N.C. has been sentenced to life for killing his mother. They got into a big Continue reading “Teen decapitates his mother”

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