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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”

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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”

KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM IN ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan is having its Orchestra Festival May 4 at 5:00 P.M. in the auditorium. This event will cost $5 each entry.  The point of this concert is to prepare for formations from solos up to groups of eight, and it’s to be graded on players’ playing levels. Everyone will play on his or her level, beginner or pro.

“We will perform solos and ensemble music; there will be six student solos,” Ms. Christi Lewis, Continue reading “KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM IN ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL”

Teachers help make students successful

By Karlniyah Hill, News Writer

Students should take advantage of Raider Time, credit recovery and the No Zero Campaign; this idea came from Mr. Vondre T. Whaley, principal.

“I don’t always do my work or complete assignments, but luckily we have Raider Time on Fridays; my teachers allow me to make up any work or makeup assignments, including any assignments with zeros,” Senior Kianna Joseph said. Continue reading “Teachers help make students successful”

Keenan High Schoolers prepare for their dreams

By Faithe Stallings, Features Writer

All through the ages of youth, kids change what they want to become when they become adults. Once they reach high school, the reality of mature responsibilities hits them in the chest. At a minority-based school, would it be stereotypical for them not to be ready or would the students show that they have learned? Examining seniors and freshmen to see the differences in the thought processes by age group is to find out what their plans are for the future of the Continue reading “Keenan High Schoolers prepare for their dreams”

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”

‘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”

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