The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School



‘Black History is today’

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

Students at Keenan get in the historic spirit as Black History Month began on February 1.

Black history at Keenan is important because Keenan was converted from a predominantly white school, to an integrated school, then a predominantly black school in the 1970’s. Staff and students at Keenan celebrate every ancestor who paved the way for them to be where they are today. Continue reading “‘Black History is today’”

Keenan gets into the spirit

Story by Rickey Rhone, News Writer, and photos by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer

On February 23, Keenan celebrated Black History Month with a Black History Month program. February is the month where black Americans are recognized for their achievements.

“I celebrate Black History Month proudly; it shows our culture, the trials and tribulations that our culture went through and achieved,” Sophomore Arin Roberts said.

What modern African Americans fail to realize is people in the past went through a lot to get us Continue reading “Keenan gets into the spirit”

President or business man?

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

On Tuesday November 8, 2016, Donald Trump, American businessman, was elected the 45th President of the United States. According to, Trump had 46% vs Clinton 44% of the general election vote preference. Many citizens were left with mixed emotions after hearing the outcome. Many at Keenan were devastated with the results as well.

“I had no choice but to vote for Clinton because I’m a Democrat,” Coach Dameon Franklin, Continue reading “President or business man?”

An urban rivalry deceased?

By Skylar Dooley, Features Writer

W.J. Keenan and Eau Claire high schools have been at a now inactive rivalry for nearly 50 years.

“The Keenan and Eau Claire rivalry dates back to the late 70’s,” Mrs. Deidra Pompey, Keenan English teacher and graduate, said. “They were two urban schools in the district, and they were relatively close to each other.”

Alumni and employees of Keenan have experienced the rivalry at its peak. Continue reading “An urban rivalry deceased?”

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