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Keenan works toward good health

By Za’Diamond Landon, News Writer

Mr. Robert Woolford, Special Education Teacher, and Mrs. Charnice Ray, Business Education Teacher, received a grant from Benedict College from the Columbia Links Program. Woolford’s portion of the grant will be used to promote healthy eating among teachers, giving them healthier food choices instead of the fat- and calorie-loaded lunches that are sometimes offered by the school. The grant was for $333.00. Woolford plans on producing lunches for the Continue reading “Keenan works toward good health”

Keenan students win two awards at Regional Science Fair

By Dr. Martin Cwiakala, Special to the Sword and Shield

On Sunday, April 1, two Keenan Seniors, Nat’alia Gathers and Nathaniel Abraham, won two awards for their Engineering Design and Development project entered into the 56th Annual Central South Carolina Region II Science and Engineering Fair. The event was held at the University of South Carolina on March 23. The team entry won both the USC Women in Engineering and Computing Award and the Grand Award Team Category 2nd Place. Continue reading “Keenan students win two awards at Regional Science Fair”

Team 1398 to compete in Robotics Basketball Event

By Maya’ Goodwin, News Writer

Members of Keenan Robotics Team 1398 have started the kickoff of their competition season as of January 7, 2012. They have begun working on designs for their robot and coming up with different strategies on how to win the game.

In FIRST Robotics they have exactly six weeks to build their robots. During the kickoff they are told the object of the game they will be playing. Continue reading “Team 1398 to compete in Robotics Basketball Event”

Keenan Robo-Raiders FIRST ® Robotics Team receives sponsorship support from

Support will help local Columbia students prepare for FIRST Regional Competition

By Dr. Martin Cwiakala, Special to the Sword and Shield 

FIRST® team # 1398 at…Keenan…is one of 900 high school teams being sponsored this year by JCPenney. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by engaging students in innovative robotics competitions. The Robo-Raiders are a nine-year veteran team that will spend six intense weeks designing and building Continue reading “Keenan Robo-Raiders FIRST ® Robotics Team receives sponsorship support from”

Keenan hosts FIRST Lego League competition

By Dr. Martin Cwiakala, Special to the Sword and Shield

On Saturday, December 3, the Robo-Raiders hosted the Columbia FIRST Lego League competition at…Keenan….One hundred thirty-three students from 13 middle school teams and alternative/home-school and online school associations competed in 4 events.  Parents, supporters, visitors, observers and teachers enjoyed the occasion as they filled the Commons Area. Five of the teams qualified and will advance to the state level. They will be attending the Continue reading “Keenan hosts FIRST Lego League competition”

Third place goes to Keenan at Theta Tau’s first annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ Competition

By Dr. Martin Cwiakala, Special to the Sword and Shield

On Saturday, November 5, the Robo-Raiders won 3rd place and $250 dollars for the robotics team. The Robo-Raiders competed in the first annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ event sponsored by Theta Tau, an engineering fraternity at the University of South Carolina (USC).  Students constructed a medieval catapult known as a trebuchet (pronounced treb-o-shay), which threw a 2-pound ball a distance of 30 yards.  The team and machine were judged on knowledge, Continue reading “Third place goes to Keenan at Theta Tau’s first annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ Competition”

Robo Raiders work towards success

By Maya Goodwin, News Writer

The Keenan Robotics Team has two major projects coming up this month. They will be participating in the Pumpkin Chunkin’ contest with the University of South Carolina and the 2nd Annual Haunted House.

“I’m very excited about all the new things we have coming up this year in Robotics,” Senior Joseph James said. Continue reading “Robo Raiders work towards success”

Raiders prepare for a strong end to year

By Moriah West, News Editor

Summer break is quickly approaching, but it’s not yet here.  Before students can truly celebrate the end of the school year, they must undergo a series of tests, including the End of Course (EOC) examinations.  Subjects for the EOC exams are Algebra I, English I, Biology I, Physical Science Engineering and United States History.

“My [Algebra I] students are well prepared for passing the EOC.  We have covered all the Continue reading “Raiders prepare for a strong end to year”

CATE courses do make an impact!

By Mrs. Carolyn Franklin and Mrs. Charnice Ray, Special to the Sword and Shield

Now more than ever, career and technology education courses are needed in secondary education!  Students who participate in career and technology education courses receive numerous benefits. These students are able to help ensure the strength of [the] country’s workforce and provide competitiveness globally. Today’s CATE courses are not the ones your parents or grandparents took; these courses offer more variety in the areas of business, Continue reading “CATE courses do make an impact!”

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