The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School


January 2012

Visual and Performing Arts events planned for Black History Month

By Ryan Smith, Feature Reporter

  • Black History Program February 1 featuring Mrs. Carolyn Cleveland (Chorus), Ms. Stephanie Jones (Dance), Mr. Jay Watkins (Art), Mr. Brandon Hopkins (Band) and Mrs. Christi Lewis (Orchestra)
  • Cleveland is doing a kick-off assembly for Black History Month
  • Watkins will have African-American images of art for Black History Month
  • Hopkins and the band will perform for the student body for Black History Month
  • Jones will announce Dance events soon
  • Lewis will announce Orchestra events soon

Continue reading “Visual and Performing Arts events planned for Black History Month”

Keenan girls become young ladies with the help of Unity Princesses

By Taylor Neal, News Editor

Unity Princesses is an organization founded by Mrs. Evelyn Cunningham, a former teacher at Keenan.

Cunningham first came up with the idea of Unity Princess while attending North Charleston High School.

The reason she deiced to create an organization like Unity Princess is because of all the teen Continue reading “Keenan girls become young ladies with the help of Unity Princesses”

Humans battle to the death with aliens

By Tiara Jones, News Writer

The Darkest Hour was a movie about invisible beings coming to a foreign country killing off all life. While many didn’t survive, the souls who did battled to see why they where there and how to stop the aliens.  The humans would live another day. The purpose of the killings was foggy, but overall it was a good movie and very exciting to watch.

Specifically what I like was the scenery they chose for the movie, all the action that was taking Continue reading “Humans battle to the death with aliens”

Poetry spoken from Keenan

By Latasha Williams, Sports Writer

Spoken Word is about teenagers writing poetry and saying their feelings. Spoken Word is a one-day event which happened on November 9. They had many varieties of poetry such as haiku, sonnets and free verse.

“I had a jam working with my friend Charnice Ray,” Ms. Jessica Robinson, English Teacher, said.

It was funny and full of life. There was serious poetry about people’s lives and how they felt. Continue reading “Poetry spoken from Keenan”

JROTC holds drill meet

By Ashley Goodwin, News Writer, and Shawn Washington, Sports Writer

Keenan’s JROTC Drill Team had its last drill competition on December 1 at Dreher High School. The Drill Meet involved schools from District One. The cadets worked hard to place 1st in the District, but they fell short; instead they received 2nd and 3rd in another event that occurred.

“I felt the Drill Meet was successful; overall we could have done better, but it was fun,” Senior Kareshia Boyd said. Continue reading “JROTC holds drill meet”

Students make New Year’s Resolutions

By Danaya Kennedy, Features Writer

It’s a new year, which means new decisions and choices. Many people around the world come up with New Year resolutions, which are new ideas that they are going to commit to in the upcoming year. Many Keenan students have come up with New Year resolutions.

My New Year’s resolution is to change my personality.

Yasmine Romey, 12 Continue reading “Students make New Year’s Resolutions”

Keenan loses one of its own

By Tarnisha Thomas and Taylor Neal, News Writers

Senior Cynthia Marie Johnson departed life at Palmetto Richland Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2011.

“That was my best friend; she was always laughing, joking and talking about people. We would always have good talks together. I will always remember her walk, her simile and her laugh,” Senior Monica Robinson said. Continue reading “Keenan loses one of its own”

Amazing string bass player participates in Region Orchestra Festival

By Abbreonna Tobias, Features Writer

Sophomore Jonathan Evans plays in the band and is a string bass player. He has been playing for a while now.

Evans participated in the Region Orchestra Festival on November 18 and 19 at Lexington High School.

“Preparing for the festival [meant] practice, practice, practice,” Evans said. Continue reading “Amazing string bass player participates in Region Orchestra Festival”

Keenan Robo-Raiders FIRST ® Robotics Team receives sponsorship support from

Support will help local Columbia students prepare for FIRST Regional Competition

By Dr. Martin Cwiakala, Special to the Sword and Shield 

FIRST® team # 1398 at…Keenan…is one of 900 high school teams being sponsored this year by JCPenney. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by engaging students in innovative robotics competitions. The Robo-Raiders are a nine-year veteran team that will spend six intense weeks designing and building Continue reading “Keenan Robo-Raiders FIRST ® Robotics Team receives sponsorship support from”

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