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The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School

WACH Fox 57 televises Homecoming pep rally

Keenan’s Homecoming pep rally was even more special this year.  WACH Fox 57’s morning program, Good Day, Columbia, televised portions of the pep rally live. Because of the show’s schedule, Keenan held a morning pep rally for the first time ever. Mr. Alvin Pressley, principal, initially had reservations about getting the student body pumped up at 8:00 on a Friday morning, but he relented, and the event went on as Continue reading “WACH Fox 57 televises Homecoming pep rally”

Softball games have ended

By Breayanna Gibson, News Writer

As the Lady Raiders softball team came to their final game on April 26, they finished their season outstandingly, and the senior pitcher made history for Keenan softball.

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Keenan Student Council concludes 2016 Pasta for Pennies campaign

Story by Lyric Swinton, News Writer, and Elizabeth Bates, Special to the Sword and Shield

The 2016 Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser has come to a close. Pasta for Pennies is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by the Keenan Student Council to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser lasted for exactly a month. Every teacher with a 2nd block B Day class was given a box to collect donations. The class with the most money raised would win a catered lunch from Olive Garden.
The school-wide goal was to raise $750, but the final total more than doubled that goal Continue reading “Keenan Student Council concludes 2016 Pasta for Pennies campaign”

Young Life organization supports Keenan students

By Justina Simons, Features Writer

Young Life is an organization that involves students from many schools in South Carolina. This organization has Young Life leaders who help kids grow closer to God and Jesus.

“Young Life is a faith-based organization where college students enter the high school world to grow relationships with and love them,” Ms. Courtney Wallace, Young Life leader, said. “We show up to games and other Continue reading “Young Life organization supports Keenan students”

Senior year comes to an end

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

As senior year begins to come to an end, the memories start becoming distant thoughts. College is the main thing on everyone’s mind. Going from high school to college is a huge step but one that will lead to even more amazing things. All the friends made over the past four years will soon be moving on to new adventures and experiences. Everyone will adventure off and experience things they’ve never imagined.

“I’m legit ready for college, but I’m not ready to grow up,” Senior Quentin Savage said.

According to Mrs. Stephanie Jenkins, dance teacher, this school year has been amazing for seniors; they have been lucky to change Continue reading “Senior year comes to an end”

Preserving the Planet with the “Planeteers”

By Nahla Muldrow, News Writer

Did you know that we have a recycling club? Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. As a part of a district-wide recycling project, Keenan has created an environmentalist club Continue reading “Preserving the Planet with the “Planeteers””

Juniors conquer ACT WorkKeys test

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

According to Mrs. Latayna Williams, assistant administrator, the ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that helps employers select, train, hire, develop and retain a high performance workforce. The test measures soft and foundational skills; it also offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Each section is forty-five minutes with a fifteen minute break between applied mathematics and locating information.

According to Williams, students took the test March 2. Students were being tested on Reading Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information. The score on the
test is determined by the number of questions Continue reading “Juniors conquer ACT WorkKeys test”

U.S. joins Paris to end ISIS terrorist attacks

Story and Photos by Marquavius Henry-Jeter, News Writer

According to CNN International, on the evening of November 13, 2015, a series of organized terrorist attacks caused by ISIS occurred in Paris. It was reported that suicide bombers and mass shootings struck in cafés, Continue reading “U.S. joins Paris to end ISIS terrorist attacks”

Keenan Student Council gives back during holidays with #StealASmile

Photos and Story by Lyric Swinton, News Writer

From December 14 to December 18, 2015, the Keenan Student Council, in conjunction with the Students in Action (SIA) team and Service Learning class, all under the advisement of Continue reading “Keenan Student Council gives back during holidays with #StealASmile”

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