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Food not being regulated in U.S

By Olivia Brand, News Writer

Due to the government shutdown the speed and safety of our food was not being regulated.

According to CNN news, “the US Food and Drug Administration resumed some food safety inspectors that had stopped since the government shutdown began on December 22. Inspect[ors] who are back on the job are doing so without any pay.”

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Black Lives Matter today: The people’s take

By Victoria Chandler, News Writer

Almost everyone has heard of the Black Lives Matter movement, but most of what they hear is from news stations or police. What does the everyday person think about the movement, and what are their feelings on it?

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Nationwide walkouts spark controversy

By MaKai Adkins, News Writer

Recently there have been multiple school shootings. During one in particular on February 14, student Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15. He then pulled the fire alarm, and while the students were rushing out of the building, Cruz began shooting, killing 17 students and injuring 17 more. According to CNN, Cruz then began to act like he was one of the students and ran with them. Police Continue reading “Nationwide walkouts spark controversy”

Magnet school soon to attract new students

By Jaquaris Tobias, News Writer

Keenan’s principal, Mr. Vondre T. Whaley, voiced his opinion about the soon-to-be magnet school that Keenan will be turning into.

He spoke about the big idea of the program.

“It’s in its finalized stages; we just need to perfect the idea a little more, but we should be up and running next year,” he said. “Next year is only supposed to introduce one part of Continue reading “Magnet school soon to attract new students”

Senior projects impact students

By Karlniyah Hill, News Writer

Senior students started presenting their Senior Projects at Keenan on April 30.

The class of 2018 seniors worked absolutely hard. They worked nonstop.

“The students did very well on their projects,” Mrs. Anita Stroman, English teacher, said.  “Many students’ projects were innovative as they stepped outside the box and mastered their topics or career…interest[s].” Continue reading “Senior projects impact students”

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”

Senior projects impact students

By Karlniyah Hill, News Writer

Senior students started presenting their Senior Projects at Keenan on April 30.

The class of 2018 seniors worked absolutely hard. They worked nonstop.

“The students did very well on their projects,” Mrs. Anita Stroman, English teacher, said.  “Many students’ projects were innovative as they stepped outside the box and mastered their topics or career…interest[s].” Continue reading “Senior projects impact students”

Keenan practices school safety drills

By Imani Osborne, News writer

Keenan practiced a series of school safety drills on various days. Administration held these drills for emergency reasons, so students know what to do in case something occurs.

The first drill was on March 26, the school shooter drill. On March 27 was the bus evacuation drill. The last drill was the fire drill, which was held on March 28.

Some people believe the drills are important; others take the drills to play with and think they Continue reading “Keenan practices school safety drills”

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”

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