The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School


November 2011

Sports and Entertainment Marketing class gets endorsements

By Danaya Kennedy, News writer

The purpose of Mrs. Charnice Ray’s Sports and Entertainment Marketing assignment was to improve the students’ speaking skills so the students will get comfortable speaking in front of a big crowd.

“This assignment was fun, and it taught us valuable information for being a spokesperson,” Senior Deon Green said. Continue reading “Sports and Entertainment Marketing class gets endorsements”

Raiders march to victory

By Tarnisha Thomas, News Reporter

On Saturday, October 29, 2011, the Marching Raider “Rubber” Band hosted a Battle of the Bands. The Battle of the Bands was located at Memorial Stadium.

“[The purpose was] to showcase the talent of students in South Carolina,” Mr. Brandon Hopkins, Band Director, said.

At the Battle of the Bands, there were canteens where people could buy snacks and things, Continue reading “Raiders march to victory”

JROTC honors Veterans

By Ashley Goodwin, News Writer

The JROTC class honored Veterans Day by marching in the Veterans Day Parade downtown. The parade was a success. The ROTC took approximately 80 cadets, which is only 50% of the cadets. This year there was a small percentage of males. Most of the males could not attend because there was a football game the same day.

“The males were truly missed,” Maj. Walter B. Savage, Army Instructor, said. Continue reading “JROTC honors Veterans”

Success measured in a variety of ways…

By Mr. Alvin Pressley, Special to the Sword and Shield

Following my editorial comments you can read a letter that has gone out to all W. J. Keenan parents in reference to our school report card that is issued each year by the state.  Keenan students have excelled in many areas academically, and it shows in our report card rating.  I am very proud of the students for what they have accomplished.  The parents have done a great job in supporting their children and teachers as they educate every child that walks our halls; Continue reading “Success measured in a variety of ways…”

Chat with the Chairman helps Keenan solve problems

By Za’Diamond Landon, News Writer

Chat with the Chairman is when 14 Keenan students get to talk with Ms. Barbara Scott, School Board Member about the problems at Keenan. The group discussed food in the cafeteria, teachers, refferals and field trips.

‘I really liked the Chat with the Chairman, and I think she really took our problems seriously. And I wish that we could do it again,’ Sophomore D’vaungh Kelly said. Continue reading “Chat with the Chairman helps Keenan solve problems”

Student interns take on the challenge of youth

By Tiara Jones, News Writer

While attending their studies at Keenan, some students may have notice that there were other students on campus who were not quite the same. Certain teachers were assigned student teachers from different colleges; these students are inspired to teach the youth. Mr. Christopher Curtis, Mrs. Deanna Nelson, Mr. Daniel Boyce, Ms. Megan Todd, Ms. Kahdijah Hulwu and Ms. Erin McGee were the few who wanted to take on this challenge of teaching the youth. Continue reading “Student interns take on the challenge of youth”

Chorus shines in November

By Ryan Smith, Features Reporter

Keenan’s chorus has a busy schedule these upcoming months with auditions and competitions, all ending with a talent show in November.

Chorus events coming up:

  • Honors Chorus Audition: Nov 10
  • All State: Nov 4-8
  • Talent Show : November

Continue reading “Chorus shines in November”

Brown chosen Player of the Week

By Shawn Washington and Latasha Williams, Sports Writers

Senior Jocolby Brown won Player of the Week for Keenan. She felt very accomplished and good that she was getting rewarded for her playing sports.

“I was extremely nervous when getting the award,” Brown said.

Her teammates made her feel well loved about being on the volleyball team and winning the Player of the Week. It happened unexpectedly, and she was very surprised. Continue reading “Brown chosen Player of the Week”

Freshman student gains membership in American Choral Directors Honors Choir

By Mrs. Carolyn Cleveland, Special to the Sword and Shield

Congratulations to [Freshman] Carmen Hare…of [the] Keenan Performance Choir, who passed auditions for the prestigious American Choral Directors (ACDA) Honor Choir of South Carolina. The American Choral Directors State Honors Choir held its Fall Conference and Honor Choir Weekend at Converse College [in] Spartanburg…on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2011. There were 419 students who participated from 14 high schools and 23 middle…[and] high Continue reading “Freshman student gains membership in American Choral Directors Honors Choir”

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