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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”

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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”

Nikolas Cruz goes on shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

By Kayla Wright, News Writer

Nikolas Jacob Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, murdered 17 people in a shooting rampage, and injured 14 others on February 14, marking this the 18th shooting of the year, according to the New York Times.

Cruz, who had been expelled from the school, began his shooting rampage, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15, outside of MSD High School in a suburban neighborhood around 2:40 Continue reading “Nikolas Cruz goes on shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School”

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 athlete commits to Norfolk State University

By Jada Ramsey, Sports Writer 

Senior D’Montre’ Smith signed to Norfolk State University on February 7 for football.

“I am going to this school to major in Secondary Teaching,” he said.

This will be Plan B for Smith because his first is trying to get into the NFL.

“I’m very blessed that a college coach came to my house and sat in my living room and told me everything was taken care of,” Smith said. Continue reading “Keenan athlete commits to Norfolk State University”

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”

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”

‘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’”

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