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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”

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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”

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”

Seniors present senior projects

By Salena Webb, News Writer

It’s that time of the year again at Keenan, when all the seniors participate in doing their Senior Projects for a major grade and to show others their plans for the future.

Senior Projects are basically when each senior chooses a topic he or she is interested in or a career he or she wants to pursue in the future.

“My project was on architectural design; I picked that topic because I like to draw, and I believe Continue reading “Seniors present senior projects”

Seniors plan for graduation

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

High school is all about preparing for the “real world.” May 24, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. Keenan students will walk across the stage at Colonial Life Arena.  Students will receive diplomas and rewards from their work over the course of four years, from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

“It’s lit,” Senior Sanchez Lorick said. “I’m ready to take on the next chapter of my life.”

The graduating seniors all have earned 24 course credits, which is the South Carolina state Continue reading “Seniors plan for graduation”

Keenan awards students with celebration

By Cedric McQueen, News Writer

Keenan held a cookout celebration for students who made third quarter honor roll, 11th graders who participated in the WorkKeys and ACT testing, and students who were Caught Being Blue. The celebration was held during fourth block on April 7.

Mrs. Latayna Williams, Assistant Principal, along with Mrs. Deidra Pompey, English Teacher, and Mrs. Saran Hasinger, Guidance Counselor, had a hand in preparations for the celebration. Continue reading “Keenan awards students with celebration”

Secretary of Education plans to eliminate Common Core Standards

By Rodriqua Briggs, News Writer

Mrs. Catina Garner, Math teacher, and Mrs. Carla Gourdine, English teacher, discussed their jobs and how they feel about the Secretary of Education.

Kids probably wander in their minds every day why a teacher does his or her job, or how they feel about what their teaching salary.

“Too much work and not enough pay,” Garner said. Continue reading “Secretary of Education plans to eliminate Common Core Standards”

Upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors are impacted through high school

By Jasmine Tillman, Features Writer

Middle school has ended, and it’s time to grow up. The upcoming freshmen have become young adults and have matured, while seniors are leaving and moving out into the real world. Now let’s get a sneak peek on how high school has impacted their lives.

“High school is hard, and the teachers are tough, but it’s not as bad as people made it seem,”Freshman Jametta Favor said. Continue reading “Upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors are impacted through high school”

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