By Salena Webb, News Writer

Keenan drama students traveled all the way to Atlanta Georgia to attend the Trumpet Awards, which were also attended by celebrities and other familiar faces.

The Trumpet Awards is an award show created to show the accomplishments of African Americans who have succeeded against all odds.

“I feel like it was important that the drama program got the opportunity because usually drama students are in the class because they have an interests in the theatre department, and now by us being able to go to the Trumpet Awards; they get the opportunity to see that they too can be successful,” Senior Mahogany Jeffcoat-Reed said.

The drama department never got this big a chance, some students even say that the drama department is even bigger and better than ever.

“I think that this will affect the kids by showing them when you do good things you get rewarded for it,” Senior Lolita Chapman, drama class vice president, said.

The students got to experience things that go on behind the scenes before the awards air on television.

“I never knew there were so many things that happen that they don’t show on TV; it’s truly an eye opener,” Senior Mariah Stoudemire said.

The Trumpet Awards were aired January 29 on Bounce TV. Out of all the schools in South Carolina, Keenan was the only school hosted by the TV program.

“We actually got to see face to face with different people and celebrities and that shows that you need hard work and dedication to make it and be something in the world,” Senior Chandra Wright.

Overall, the school and the students are very thankful for this opportunity, but this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for their drama teacher, Mr. J.B. Brown.

“Without him, none of this would have been possible; he probably is one of the most hardworking teachers I know,” Stoudemire said.