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January 2017

Keenan revives morning news show

By Cedric McQueen, News Writer

Keenan is expected to air its first news show in late February for the campus. Staff in both the 2A Journalism and 2B Yearbook classes will work together to get the news program back up and running.

Mrs. Deidra Pompey, English teacher; Mrs. Jessica Cornish, Librarian; and Senior Roderica Sturrup are on a team working to bring back the news show. Continue reading “Keenan revives morning news show”

Seniors blaze trail at rink

By Rickey Rhone, Features Writer

Seniors went to SkateLand at 7 P.M. until closing on October 3. The tickets before the event were $7.00, and at the door it was $9.00. Senior skate night was a day for the 2017 graduating class to build a better bond with each other.

“It brought us together; it had squashed some drama between some the students,” Senior John Richmond said. Continue reading “Seniors blaze trail at rink”

Keenan gives hope for the holidays

By Emani Patterson, News Writer

Keenan’s JROTC classes teamed up to donate food and clothes for the Harvest Hope Food Bank starting on November 28, 2016.

This production was not only for JROTC classes to contribute to but the whole school as well.

Seniors Dinease Jones and Shadaria Daniels, JROTC cadets, were in charge of the food and clothes drive; both had a specific goal for the drive. Continue reading “Keenan gives hope for the holidays”

Keenan Blood Drive saves lives

By A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Sahara White, National Honors Society advisor, is in charge of the blood drive that happened on November 22, 2016. Forty-five people at Keenan donated blood this year, one pint each being given.

“It takes approximately 10-12 minutes to give blood,” White said.

There is a shortage of O positive in the world, so once someone has it, it’s important to give it. Continue reading “Keenan Blood Drive saves lives”

Raiders start basketball preseason

By Logan McDaniel, Sports Writer

Keenan Raiders Basketball have been preparing in and out of the gym in the off season for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

“Looking forward into the season to win games and to play together as a team,” Freshman Courtney Jones, varsity player, said.

Her role in the off season is to work together and help her team in the upcoming season. Continue reading “Raiders start basketball preseason”

A couple of pies in the face won’t hurt!

By Bobbianna Branch, News Writer

To raise money for Keenan’s Parent Teacher and Student Association (PTSA), Mrs. Evita George, president of the PTSA, came up with the idea of a pie-throwing fundraiser. In the commons area, on November 23, 2016, students bought tickets for $1.00 to throw pies at the teacher of their choice.

Some teachers volunteered, and some were asked because others backed out and couldn’t Continue reading “A couple of pies in the face won’t hurt!”

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 presidentalpolls2016.com, 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?”

Coming Home to Keenan

By Rodriqua Briggs, News Writer

Keenan’s Student Council, including Seniors Roderica Sturrup and John Richmond, have planned the major Coming Home event from January 17-20.

“Student council is fun!” Sturrup said.

Being a part of Student Council, means students can plan all events that take place at Keenan. Student Council is what students make it, preparing the school for leadership. They work with Continue reading “Coming Home to Keenan”

Promise Land around the corner

By D’Montre’ Smith, Sports Writer

During the 2016-2017 season, the Keenan football team had a disappointing season, according to Mr. Harold Curnell, defense coordinator. In its travels during the season, the team came up with a 3-5 record. Also Keenan played a playoff game against Blacksburg High School but fell short to a 20-14 loss. According to the coaches, the team had flaws but had heart.

The football team had a lot of positives and negatives. According to the coaches, the team had Continue reading “Promise Land around the corner”

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