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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”

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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”

Get to know Destoni Truesdale

By DaiDrina McCullough, News Writer

On March 19, Ms. Destoni Truesdale, Keenan graduate, started working as Keenan’s dance teacher.

“This position was offered to me,” Truesdale said. “I enjoy working with the students.”

With all the different dance teachers throughout the year, Truesdale has stayed. She actually wanted the job and proved she wanted it. Continue reading “Get to know Destoni Truesdale”

Keenan gets new Senior Army Instructor

Story by Amaria Webb, Features Writer, and photo courtesy Lauren Gordon, Special to the Sword and Shield

Chief Ella Robinson-Byrd joined the Raider staff as of May 30, 2017.

Robinson-Byrd has been a JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) instructor for 13 years. She teaches a lot about the real world. She doesn’t sugar coat anything. Students say she is a true person. It’s helpful to have the female perspective on things.

“I wanted to make a difference in young people lives,” Robinson-Byrd said. Continue reading “Keenan gets new Senior Army Instructor”

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”

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”

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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