The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School



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.

An HBCU is a Historically Black College and University which was established in 1837 to give Continue reading “HBCUs take on PWIs”

Dining in or carrying out?

By Nahla Muldrow, News Writer

An open- or off-campus policy allows select or all students to leave campus during the lunch period to purchase or consume food and beverages. The sole purpose of school is to prepare students for the responsibilities of the real world. This policy could ensure just that.

“There isn’t any good food here,” Senior Jada Jackson said. “We deserve better food options, and this policy will give students more freedom to have them.” Continue reading “Dining in or carrying out?”

Keenan publication staff promotes core values

By Kynda Beckett, Deborah Bishop, Shaunté Davis, and Sir’Narria Scott, Contributing Reporters

The Keenan publication staff has been working on promoting the school’s core values in their newspaper for the 2015-2016school year. The mission statement of Keenan is used to inspire students through the use of a rigorous curriculum, cutting-edge technology, strong partnerships, a diverse community, and turning its students into first-class students that contribute to present and future occurrences. Continue reading “Keenan publication staff promotes core values”

Clinton and Trump jump down each other’s throats

By Breayanna Gibson, News Writer

Do you really want to know what is going on in the world? Well, I do. I want to know what people think about the 2016 election.

Who do you like or dislike? Who do you think is going to win? Well, the main focus in this
campaign is on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They are the main ones you hear about on a daily basis. Continue reading “Clinton and Trump jump down each other’s throats”

Keenan argues the issue of the cell phone policy

By DeNia Epps, Editorial Writer

Students at Keenan are trying to reinforce the use of cell phones during Silent Sustained Reading (SSR).

The books students are able to read are limited, and by using the phones the selection could be expanded.

A few teachers agree. Continue reading “Keenan argues the issue of the cell phone policy”


Are IDs taking over Keenan?

Story and photos by Roderica Sturrup, Opinion Writer

Keenan has an enforced an ID policy that says all IDs must be visible at all times. Students
must have a valid ID at all times throughout the day. Anyone who doesn’t have an ID will be sent to ISS for the remainder of the day.

Teachers are told to check for IDs before students even enter the room. IDs must be hung around the student’s neck. Continue reading “DO STUDENTS APPRECIATE IDS?”

20-minute lunches leave students confused

By Kayla Brown, News Writer

Ever since administration at Keenan made the students’ lunch 10 minutes shorter, students have a lot to say; they don’t think it’s fair. They say they don’t have enough time to get their lunch and eat it. Twenty minutes for lunch is just not long enough. Two students from each grade level were asked about how they really felt about the lunch schedule.  One of the questions asked was “Do you think it’s fair for us to have 20 minutes for lunch?” Most students’ responses were very negative. They also feel our social time is cut short.

Continue reading “20-minute lunches leave students confused”

Let us be free!

By DeNasia Owens, News Writer

For the last year, Keenan has been changing rules, and administrators are trying to keep students in school; they’re suspending them for how they dress and doing things that shouldn’t be restricted.

In the case of a student being sent out of class by administration for her pants being too tight, one administrator said it was the material, and the other said that it was okay Continue reading “Let us be free!”

Class of 2014 prepares to say goodbye

By Kenyonna Killingsworth, Graphics and Design Editor

The Class of 2014’s time at Keenan is coming to an end as the seniors get ready to graduate. We’ve shared laughs, we’ve danced, talked, and voted for one another in competition. We’re going to miss being around each other. We’ve cried together, lost together, and have become mature together.

“I will miss them; however, it[’s] time to move one and start a new chapter,” Mrs. Jessica Miller, Continue reading “Class of 2014 prepares to say goodbye”

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