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The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School

Marching Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band to Host Battle of the Bands

By Felix Samuel, News Writer

The Marching Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band is planning to host a battle of the bands to raise money for its growing band program. The event will take place on May 4 at the Stadium.

Mr. Garrick Rivers, Director of Bands, came up with the idea for this event at the end of the 2018 school year.

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Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships

By Amari Young, Sports Writer

The Keenan Boys Basketball team is led by Coach Zachary Norris. The team is number one in the region right now with the record of 24-1; the Raiders ranked number three in the state of South Carolina and number 150 in the nation. The main focus of Keenan basketball is defense; the team thinks it is key to winning games.

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How to adopt a pet

Photos and story by Kai’Shaun Dunn-Handy, Features Writer 

Preparing to adopt to cat or dog is hard enough, but you also have to buy supplies for your pet like food and toys. There are a lot of things you have to consider before actually getting the pet and bringing it home.

You have think about what type of dog you’re getting and what type of activities you’re going to do with your dog.

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Keenan’s volleyball team spikes balls left and right

Story and photo by Kyla Davis, Sports Writer

The Lady Raiders Volleyball Team is coached by Ms. Allie Kehoe, physical education teacher.  Sophomores Jashawna Evans (5’10 ½”) and Breona Flemming (5’2”) are players for the team. They tell their journey to being volleyball players, playing for Keenan and what it has brought.

Each player and thecoach have something inside of her that makes her want to win.

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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”

Magnet school soon to attract new students

By Jaquaris Tobias, News Writer

Keenan’s principal, Mr. Vondre T. Whaley, voiced his opinion about the soon-to-be magnet school that Keenan will be turning into.

He spoke about the big idea of the program.

“It’s in its finalized stages; we just need to perfect the idea a little more, but we should be up and running next year,” he said. “Next year is only supposed to introduce one part of Continue reading “Magnet school soon to attract new students”

Upward Stars ‘Play with Purpose’

By Dillon Jones, Sports Writer

Spartanburg, SC- The Upward Stars Center has been thriving since the fall of 2014. Their purpose is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports.

Coach Curtis Wheeler is the program director of the Upward Stars Southeast Adidas Gauntlet team. The program has a 15-, 16- and 17-age group team.

“We are the only team in the state with this type of recognition,” Wheeler said. “Since we Continue reading “Upward Stars ‘Play with Purpose’”

Raiders score goals

By Todd Garrett, Sports Writer

GOAL! Keenan’s soccer team had a long season; they went 1-13 this season. Their one win was against Calhoun County High School; the score was 3-0.

“It was an honor to be named all-region this season; it would have been better to be all-state,” Senior Rokeith Paldo said.

Keenan had two all-region players this year, Junior Tyrik Allen and Paldo. Continue reading “Raiders score goals”

Senior projects impact students

By Karlniyah Hill, News Writer

Senior students started presenting their Senior Projects at Keenan on April 30.

The class of 2018 seniors worked absolutely hard. They worked nonstop.

“The students did very well on their projects,” Mrs. Anita Stroman, English teacher, said.  “Many students’ projects were innovative as they stepped outside the box and mastered their topics or career…interest[s].” Continue reading “Senior projects impact students”

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