By Shacori’ya Eaves, Features Writer

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Mr. Willie E. Lyles, Keenan’s former Band Director, hosted the first pep rally of the year. There were performances from the cheerleaders, band members and dance class.

To prepare for the pep rally, a great deal of work was performed.

The drumline shows off their new drum features to the student body at the pep rally. File Photo.

“We brainstormed songs that we thought the crowd would like and then we practiced playing them,” Junior Tarnisha Thomas, Band member and Student Council member, said.

Thomas also said the Student Council prepared by making grade-level posters and gathering ideas to make the pep rally entertaining.

Students participate in the Raider Wop, the school’s new dance.  File Photo.

Some students didn’t enjoy the pep rally. They gave ideas that they think could have improved it, including dancing, more band selections, music and most importantly time.

“It was very unorganized, and everything was last-minute. There wasn’t enough class support and spirit,” Junior Desia Truesdale said.

The Radiant Raider Rubber Band plays their entrance tune after being called to attention by Mr. Brandon Hopkins, Band Director. Photo by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer.

Other students enjoyed the pep rally.

“It was better than last year,” Senior Kendra Robinson said.

The cheerleaders prance, dance, and show off their stunts. Photo by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer.

The pep rally concluded with the Seniors winning the spirit stick and the new dance, the Raider Wop.

Seniors anticipate winning the Spirit Stick with yells and screams. Photo by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer.