The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School



Where can students get summer jobs?

By Kai’Shaun Dunn-Handy and Amari Young, Features Writers

Since school is almost out and summer is about to begin, people will start to get summer jobs.

Freshmen Kaleb Walker has planned to get a job for the summer to earn some extra cash.

“Yes, I’m planning to get a job this summer,” he said.  “I’m going to apply at multiple places.”

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Students prepare for life after graduation

By Felix Samuel, News Writer

Senior students throughout the school are preparing for their life after high school.

Graduation is a time that brings many different emotions for senior students. There is the joy of finally completing high school and also the sorrow of leaving some of the best memories behind.

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The real deal on why we wear hoods

By Victoria Chandler, Features Writer

Everyone knows wearing a hood inside the building is against the rule in school.  Some people are a little more relaxed about this rule. Even though it’s against the rules, we still have people with their hoods on. Are the kids just being disrespectful, or is there a real reason they wish to wear their hoods?

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Walk the walk of a physical education teacher

Story and Photo by Kyla Davis, Sports Writer

The Keenan gymasium is where P.E. teachers spend much of their time.

Some people may wonder why someone wants to be a physical education (P.E.) teacher. Ms. Allie Kehoe, physical education teacher, gave an insight on why she wanted to be in this profession.

“I personally wanted to teach children to be healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Kehoe said.

The criteria for this job are going to an accredited school, getting a bachelor’s degree in education, getting teaching a certificate and passing a large amount of tests.

Everyone has a second career choice, even if he or she is doing what he or she wants do.

Coach Reggie McLain, girls basketball coach and P.E. teacher, said his second career choice was entrepreneur, as in own his own agricultural business.

He chose the agriculture field because of his liking of the outside and animals.

Coach James Johnson, girls basketball coach and campus monitor, spoke on the topic

“I would not be a gym teacher; the reason…is the children are different,” Johnson said.

If you’re thinking about being a physical education teacher, here are some tips.

Ask yourself if you want to make this a career, is this really what you want to do and make sure your health is decent enough for you to help children with theirs.

A whole new world: Business world, that is

By Victoria Chandler, Features Writer

Every day, people explore new ideas and see where they can lead. Some ideas turn into hobbies or other activities, but they can also become businesses.  The world of business is changing every day, and it doesn’t always take adults to change it. There are many students with their own businesses trying to make a name for themselves in the ever-changing market place. They are changing the scene by working hard and bettering themselves.

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New kids on the block: Freshman students work harder and smarter

By Kyla Davis, Features Writer

Class of 2022 freshmen have been on their journey throughout high school since they started in August 2018.  There are also new teachers on the hall, including a selected few teachers and veterans teaching freshman.

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Marching Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band to Host Battle of the Bands

By Felix Samuel, News Writer

The Marching Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band is planning to host a battle of the bands to raise money for its growing band program. The event will take place on May 4 at the Stadium.

Mr. Garrick Rivers, Director of Bands, came up with the idea for this event at the end of the 2018 school year.

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How to adopt a pet

Photos and story by Kai’Shaun Dunn-Handy, Features Writer 

Preparing to adopt to cat or dog is hard enough, but you also have to buy supplies for your pet like food and toys. There are a lot of things you have to consider before actually getting the pet and bringing it home.

You have think about what type of dog you’re getting and what type of activities you’re going to do with your dog.

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HBCUs take on PWIs

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

May 1, as College Decision Day was days away for Keenan seniors, some had made the final choice and some were still deciding. Where to find the best advice from rather than various college alumni? Your very own Keenan faculty and staff. The biggest choice when deciding a school is choosing a PWI or HBCU.

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