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KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM AT SPRING CONCERT

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan is having its Spring Concert May 3 at 6 P.M. in the auditorium. This event will be free. There will be tributes to group solos and duets. The band is mostly focusing on chamber ensemble music. Dance is thinking about a High School Musical theme

“I’m working on pieces and places for everyone’s part,” Ms. Destoni Truesdale, dance teacher, said. Continue reading “KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM AT SPRING CONCERT”

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‘Black History is today’

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

Students at Keenan get in the historic spirit as Black History Month began on February 1.

Black history at Keenan is important because Keenan was converted from a predominantly white school, to an integrated school, then a predominantly black school in the 1970’s. Staff and students at Keenan celebrate every ancestor who paved the way for them to be where they are today. Continue reading “‘Black History is today’”

Crown them King and Queen

By Imani Osborne, News Writer

Seniors Thessalonian Reid and Logan Taylor-McDaniel were crowned Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Bolden stadium.

The theme of Homecoming Week was “There’s No Place Homecoming.” There were different days where students could dress up and show their school spirit.

“It was important [for me to show school spirit] because you don’t get a lot of opportunities to Continue reading “Crown them King and Queen”

The Cookout: FUN IN THE SUN

By Tayvion Whaley, News Writer

Keenan’s Parent Teacher Student Association team and administrators came together to hold Keenan’s first annual Community Cookout. The Cookout took place on Nov 4, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in Keenan’s student parking lot.

“The purpose of the cookout was to bring the community together,” Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley, principal, said. Continue reading “The Cookout: FUN IN THE SUN”

Ambitious students strive to become Coming Home Princess

By Faithe Stallings, News Writer                            

The race was on! Sitting in lunch, students at Keenan may notice that around this time of year their peers start to hand out promotional products, a variety of sweet and salty treats to persuade the voters to choose them for the spot, the spot of school royalty. With this position they gain respect, popularity, headlines in the school newspaper and an unforgettable memory in their lives. The campaign includes Juniors DeLexus Coleman, Lauren Garner, Jaylen Johnson, Continue reading “Ambitious students strive to become Coming Home Princess”

Battle of the Bands: Watch how we do it our way

By DaiDrina McCullough, News Writer

Keenan’s Marching Raider Rubber Band hosted its first annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.

The Battle of the Bands is a good opportunity for young folks who are on the band

“We travel throughout the Southeast to compete and perform,” Mr. Garrick Rivers, band director, said. “It was time for us to host our own competition.” Continue reading “Battle of the Bands: Watch how we do it our way”

Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

On August 22, Keenan’s student body met its new principal, Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley.

Whaley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, earning his master’s degree in Biology He was formerly an assistant principal at A.C Flora High School and Eau Claire High School.

“I think it’s a great feeling working with young people to establish a vision to take W.J Keenan High to the next level,” Whaley said. Continue reading “Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better”

Students express feelings in Spoken Word

Junior Damien George reads his poem about his grandmother. File photo.

By Rodney Chavis, Features Writer

On March 17 Keenan students participated in the Spoken Word poetry slam.

The turnout was great; many people came to enjoy the poetry.

There were many participants in this event. Most of the students enjoyed reading their poetry.

Others wondered why the poetry readers wanted to participate.

“I participated in spoken word to up my self-confidence and speaking in front of an audience,” Continue reading “Students express feelings in Spoken Word”

Poetry provides happiness

By Rodriqua Briggs, Features Writer

Keenan has created a Writing Club for students who are interested in expressing themselves. Every Wednesday from 3:20 to 4:20, the students meet to practice and have fun with their rhyming and feelings in poetry. Seniors Shardai Figgures, Deja Williams and Mrs. Jessica Miller, English teacher, discussed their opinions on poetry.

“Poetry is written in lines, not sentences,” Miller said. “It reflects many forms traditional and Continue reading “Poetry provides happiness”

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