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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”

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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”

HBCUs take on PWIs

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

May 1, as College Decision Day was days away for Keenan seniors, some had made the final choice and some were still deciding. Where to find the best advice from rather than various college alumni? Your very own Keenan faculty and staff. The biggest choice when deciding a school is choosing a PWI or HBCU.

An HBCU is a Historically Black College and University which was established in 1837 to give Continue reading “HBCUs take on PWIs”

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”

Get to know Destoni Truesdale

By DaiDrina McCullough, News Writer

On March 19, Ms. Destoni Truesdale, Keenan graduate, started working as Keenan’s dance teacher.

“This position was offered to me,” Truesdale said. “I enjoy working with the students.”

With all the different dance teachers throughout the year, Truesdale has stayed. She actually wanted the job and proved she wanted it. Continue reading “Get to know Destoni Truesdale”

Keenan gets new Senior Army Instructor

Story by Amaria Webb, Features Writer, and photo courtesy Lauren Gordon, Special to the Sword and Shield

Chief Ella Robinson-Byrd joined the Raider staff as of May 30, 2017.

Robinson-Byrd has been a JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) instructor for 13 years. She teaches a lot about the real world. She doesn’t sugar coat anything. Students say she is a true person. It’s helpful to have the female perspective on things.

“I wanted to make a difference in young people lives,” Robinson-Byrd said. Continue reading “Keenan gets new Senior Army Instructor”

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