The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School


March 2016

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, restaurants, and music venues near central Paris.

Rumors spread, saying nearly 130 people were deceased; attackers took hostages before a shooting with police occurred. According to CNN International, the attackers died while police 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 Mrs. Deidra Pompey, Student Activities Director, held a week of service entitled #StealASmile.

The idea came about at the SIA Fall Leadership Conference when the SIA team, comprised of five Student Body and Senior Class Officers, had to put together a service project in less than Continue reading “Keenan Student Council gives back during holidays with #StealASmile”

Teachers Receive STEAM Grant

Story and Photo by Jada Cochran, News Writer

The Colonial Life Strong Schools grant is awarded to teachers in Richland Country School District One. Colonial Life has awarded over $75,000 since the start in the 2013-2014 school year. The grant provides teachers with the opportunity to receive financial support to enhance the learning experience in the classroom.

Two of Keenan’s teachers applied and received the grant: Mrs. Kirstin Bullington, physical Continue reading “Teachers Receive STEAM Grant”

What Incoming freshman should expect from their first high school year

Story by Justina Simons, News Writer

The class of 2020 should be rolling into Keenan soon. All incoming freshman should be getting ready for this upcoming August by getting physically and mentally prepared for their high school experience.

The class of 2020 visited Keenan earlier this semester. File photo.

“Do your best and remember where you came from,” Mrs. Annestaia Scott, secretary at W.G Sanders, said. “Expect greatness and never believe you can’t do it, stay focused and confident.” Continue reading “What Incoming freshman should expect from their first high school year”

Bullington wins Solve for Tomorrow (Samsung)

Engineering students and Robotics Team members come together to make a new app to help people better their health. Photo by Jada Bouknight, Special to the Sword and Shield.

By Breayanna Gibson, News Writer

Mrs. Kirstin Bullington, Science and Engineering teacher, has won the Solve for Tomorrow (Samsung) contest. She was announced the winner December 9, 2015.

How does Bullington feel that she has won the Solve for Tomorrow?

“It’s a great honor,” Bullington said. “Engineering and science students are working hard. It’s great that a company recognized us.” Continue reading “Bullington wins Solve for Tomorrow (Samsung)”

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