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Keenan 2A girls win State Championship

By Karlniyah Hill, Sports Writer

Keenan’s lady basketball team vs. Mullins on Friday, March 2 3:00 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Keenan started off 1-6 entering January. The Lady Raiders did not let this affect them every game and when they were on the court.

“I didn’t feel surprised because we always start at the beginning and we always change the Continue reading “Keenan 2A girls win State Championship”

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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”

Kelley’s impact on Sutherland Springs

By Sabria Henderson, News Writer

On November 5, 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley shot up a church, killing victims from ages five to 72 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, not long after 11 A.M. Sunday morning service began.

According to The New York Times, Kelley was armed with a Ruger military-style rifle when he fired upon First Baptist Church, which led to multiple people dying and others wounded. Among Continue reading “Kelley’s impact on Sutherland Springs”

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”

Tom Sizemore accused of sexual assaulting little girl on set in 2003

Kayla Wright, News Writer

On November 13, 2017, actor Tom Sizemore was accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old actress on set in 2003.

Sizemore, who was 42 at the time, apparently sexually assaulted the actress, who is now 26.

Sizemore has a rap sheet that includes multiple drug and domestic abuse charges, and convictions for assault and battery against actor Heidi Fleiss, his ex-girlfriend, the exact month Continue reading “Tom Sizemore accused of sexual assaulting little girl on set in 2003”

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”

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”

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