The Sword and Shield

The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School



Nationwide walkouts spark controversy

By MaKai Adkins, News Writer

Recently there have been multiple school shootings. During one in particular on February 14, student Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15. He then pulled the fire alarm, and while the students were rushing out of the building, Cruz began shooting, killing 17 students and injuring 17 more. According to CNN, Cruz then began to act like he was one of the students and ran with them. Police Continue reading “Nationwide walkouts spark controversy”

Secretary of Education plans to eliminate Common Core Standards

By Rodriqua Briggs, News Writer

Mrs. Catina Garner, Math teacher, and Mrs. Carla Gourdine, English teacher, discussed their jobs and how they feel about the Secretary of Education.

Kids probably wander in their minds every day why a teacher does his or her job, or how they feel about what their teaching salary.

“Too much work and not enough pay,” Garner said. Continue reading “Secretary of Education plans to eliminate Common Core Standards”

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?”

Migrant crisis continues

By Damien Hipps, News Writer

According to Lucy Rodgers, David Gritten, James Offer and Patrick Asare from BBC News, “The migrant crisis started in March in 2011 the southern city of Deraa when a pro-democracy protest was going on about the torture of some teenagers who painted revolutionary slogans on a school`s walls. Security forces opened fire on demonstrators, after several people was killed, more took to the streets.”

Continue reading “Migrant crisis continues”

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 takes part in election

Junior Kenyanna Killingsworth participates in the recent mock election by casting her ballot electronically. The mock election was held in the Media Center and sponsored by Ms. Brenda L. Boyd, Media Specialist, and Ms. Pamela James, Media Center Instructional Assistant.  Photo by Derrinique Simmons, Staff Photographer.

By Ke’Aundra Jones, News Writer

Students at Keenan have gotten involved with the 2012 presidential election. These last few weeks have been all about politics.

Although most students are not eligible to vote, Keenan participated in a mock election with 124 students. Pres. Barack Obama received 112 (91%) student votes.  Gov. Mitt Romney received 12 (10%) student votes. Continue reading “Keenan takes part in election”

Richland One soars in the performance arts

By Nathalie Stewart, Features Editor

Just recently Richland County School District One was awarded America’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM). This is the third time in a row that RCSD1 has received this award.

How ironic is it that Gov. Nikki Haley wants to cut funding for the arts, specifically when schools in South Carolina excel so high in this area? Continue reading “Richland One soars in the performance arts”

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