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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”

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Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar

By Janyah Kelly, News Writer

Twenty-three year old Aly Raisman, American gymnast and two time Olympian medalist, is the latest gymnast to accuse Olympian doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Raisman was just sixteen when Nassar abused her.

Months before the abuse, Raisman was in Melbourne, Australia, practicing for a competition. A representative with the USA Gymnastics team saw Raisman wincing through practice and Continue reading “Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar”

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”

Keenan takes fall on Coming Home game

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan had its Coming Home basketball game January 26 at Keenan against Gray Collegiate Academy.

Keenan had four girls running for Coming Home Princess and one boy running for Prince.

‘’All games are tough and competitive at this time of the year because they’re preparing Continue reading “Keenan takes fall on Coming Home game”

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”

Graduation is coming sooner rather than later

By Amaria Webb, News Writer

Graduation is on June 7 at Colonial Life Arena. The senior class is ready for this day. We have four more months until June 7.

“I’m excited; also, ready to begin my life as a soldier,” Senior Rodney Chavis said.

People have different feelings about graduation.

“Ready,” Senior Thessalonian Reid said. Continue reading “Graduation is coming sooner rather than later”

Delta GEMS helps families during holiday season

By Imani Osborne, News Writer

The Delta GEMS group of Keenan participated in the Families Helping Families community service project on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. This took place at the Families Helping Families warehouse in West Columbia.

Families Helping Families is a non-profit organization that helps families during Christmas time. The organization works by a family adopting a less fortunate family and providing them Continue reading “Delta GEMS helps families during holiday season”

Principal for a Day learns the ins and out of high school

By Karlniyah Hill and Jaquaris Tobias, News Writers

Pastor Simeon Moultrie was Principal for a Day on November 9, 2017

Moultrie came to Keenan because he thought it was a good school and a nice environment to be in. He also heard good things about Keenan from graduates and social media.

Moultrie and Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley, Principal, went around the school to each classroom to observe and interact with teachers and the objects in the classroom that were related to what Continue reading “Principal for a Day learns the ins and out of high school”

Keenan begins EOC testing for the year

By Emani Patterson, News Writer

On May 9, 11, 15, and 16, Keenan began end-of-course (EOC) testing. The EOC is an end-of-course exam that ninth through 11th grade students take each year.

The EOC will determine what students have learned from the beginning of the school year up until now.

“My classes are reviewing every standard and taking practice tests,” Mrs. Rona Stuart, U.S. Continue reading “Keenan begins EOC testing for the year”

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