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Keenan students walk the runway

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

On Sunday January 22 Keenan held a scholarship pageant. The judges crowned a Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior, Mr. Keenan and Miss Keenan.

“I feel good and proud I can lead my class in a positive way,” Junior Alexxis Mitchell, Miss. Junior, said.

The pageant was organized into four categories for underclassmen: formal wear, business, Continue reading “Keenan students walk the runway”

Young Life organization supports Keenan students

By Justina Simons, Features Writer

Young Life is an organization that involves students from many schools in South Carolina. This organization has Young Life leaders who help kids grow closer to God and Jesus.

“Young Life is a faith-based organization where college students enter the high school world to grow relationships with and love them,” Ms. Courtney Wallace, Young Life leader, said. “We show up to games and other Continue reading “Young Life organization supports Keenan students”

Senior year comes to an end

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

As senior year begins to come to an end, the memories start becoming distant thoughts. College is the main thing on everyone’s mind. Going from high school to college is a huge step but one that will lead to even more amazing things. All the friends made over the past four years will soon be moving on to new adventures and experiences. Everyone will adventure off and experience things they’ve never imagined. Continue reading “Senior year comes to an end”

Preserving the Planet with the “Planeteers”

By Nahla Muldrow, News Writer

Did you know that we have a recycling club? Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. As a part of a district-wide recycling project, Keenan has created an environmentalist club
called The Planeteers.

The project is to see which school in the district can collect the most recycling. Led by Mrs. Sahara White, Science teacher, the AP Environmental science students have made it their Continue reading “Preserving the Planet with the “Planeteers””

Juniors conquer ACT WorkKeys test

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

According to Mrs. Latayna Williams, assistant administrator, the ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that helps employers select, train, hire, develop and retain a high performance workforce. The test measures soft and foundational skills; it also offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Each section is forty-five minutes with a fifteen minute break between applied mathematics and locating information. Continue reading “Juniors conquer ACT WorkKeys test”

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.

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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)

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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)”

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”

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