The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School


May 20, 2013

Smith on the road to great things in life

By Kendric Gathers, Sports Writer

Junior Charles smith is a good person on and off of the court and always is looking forward to getting better at what he does. He is a rising Senior and has a few colleges looking for big things out of him his Senior year. He is currently putting in work in the off season to be properly prepared for this upcoming season.

“I am looking forward to a huge breakout season this upcoming season,” Smith said. “I won’t let Continue reading “Smith on the road to great things in life”

Quarterback Titus Hopkins reaches milestones

By Diamond Covington, Sports Writer

Senior Titus Hopkins is on spotlight because of his outstanding performance on the football field. Hopkins has been playing football since the age of 13, when he played at Trenholm Park, and he started playing at Keenan in 2009 at the age of 15. Hopkins was on the Junior Varsity team his first two years, where he didn’t receive any play time. It wasn’t until his last two years that he became a starter and quarterback. Continue reading “Quarterback Titus Hopkins reaches milestones”


From a Press Release

The National Association of Biology Teachers, in conjunction with Carolina Biological Supply Company, Leica Microsystems and the South Carolina Association of Biology Teachers, is pleased to present Mrs. Kirstin Bullington with the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This honor, given annually since 1961, identifies a teacher from each of the United States, its possessions, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Canada who has made valuable Continue reading “BULLINGTON NAMED 2013 SOUTH CAROLINA OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHER”

Temptation: Film examines lust vs. love

By Keri McQueen, Features Editor

Release Date: March 29, 2013

Rate: PG-13

Distributor: Lionsgate Entertainment

Temptation is one of spring’s most popular movies. Temptation starts off as a flashback on the life of an average marriage counselor named Judith.  Judith grew up in a very religious Continue reading “Temptation: Film examines lust vs. love”

Listening to music in school should be allowed because of its benefits

By D’Vaungh Kelley, Sports Editor

Students at Keenan feel the rules are getting a little strict and some of the things that aren’t allowed should be. An example of one of these rules is listening to music in school. Students feel it does no harm, and it would actually help them.

“Music gets me focused; it puts me in the zone, and I focus better,” Junior Brianna Powell said.

There are many students who feel music should be allowed. Many feel music does no harm to Continue reading “Listening to music in school should be allowed because of its benefits”

Keenan celebrates National Engineering Week

By Cora Webb, News Editor

Across the country, National Engineering Week (NEW) is celebrated in numerous ways in order to show appreciation for engineering, which has affected today’s society in numerous ways.

“Engineering is needed in our society because nowadays everything is revolving around technology,” Junior Tarnisha Thomas said.

The celebration of NEW was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Continue reading “Keenan celebrates National Engineering Week”

Keenan students compete in REAL competitions

By Joshua Glenn, News Writer

Raider Engineering and Academic Leadership (REAL) Competitions have been a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for a while. The competitions are held by the University of South Carolina or Benedict College colleges of math and science. The competitions are a good way for students to evaluate their progress in their corresponding engineering classes. Continue reading “Keenan students compete in REAL competitions”

New Position Spotlight: Ms. Henrietta Montgomery—New administrator firmly rooted in her teaching past

By Tykira Smalls, Features Writer

Ms. Henrietta Montgomery, Dean of Students, is a former social studies teacher at Keenan. This year she has been moved to administration, and she has been enjoying her job and her new perspective on the school.

“I enjoy…the fact that teachers, staff and administration work closely together to make sure the learning environment is a good one,” Montgomery said. Continue reading “New Position Spotlight: Ms. Henrietta Montgomery—New administrator firmly rooted in her teaching past”

Adams strikes for the top

By Morgan Pough, Sports Writer

Sophomore Grant Adams is one of Keenan’s baseball players who strives to be at the top. He’s played baseball since he was five years old. Adams throws and bats right-handed.

His batting average is 0.750 in his 16 games played this year. He has three doubles, six hits and four runs.

“Adams is a good team player and has great batting skills,” Senior William Campbell said. Continue reading “Adams strikes for the top”

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