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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”

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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”

Students express feelings in Spoken Word

Junior Damien George reads his poem about his grandmother. File photo.

By Rodney Chavis, Features Writer

On March 17 Keenan students participated in the Spoken Word poetry slam.

The turnout was great; many people came to enjoy the poetry.

There were many participants in this event. Most of the students enjoyed reading their poetry.

Others wondered why the poetry readers wanted to participate.

“I participated in spoken word to up my self-confidence and speaking in front of an audience,” Continue reading “Students express feelings in Spoken Word”

Poetry provides happiness

By Rodriqua Briggs, Features Writer

Keenan has created a Writing Club for students who are interested in expressing themselves. Every Wednesday from 3:20 to 4:20, the students meet to practice and have fun with their rhyming and feelings in poetry. Seniors Shardai Figgures, Deja Williams and Mrs. Jessica Miller, English teacher, discussed their opinions on poetry.

“Poetry is written in lines, not sentences,” Miller said. “It reflects many forms traditional and Continue reading “Poetry provides happiness”

Keenan gets into the spirit

Story by Rickey Rhone, News Writer, and photos by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer

On February 23, Keenan celebrated Black History Month with a Black History Month program. February is the month where black Americans are recognized for their achievements.

“I celebrate Black History Month proudly; it shows our culture, the trials and tribulations that our culture went through and achieved,” Sophomore Arin Roberts said.

What modern African Americans fail to realize is people in the past went through a lot to get us Continue reading “Keenan gets into the spirit”

Keenan helps the LLS

By Salena Webb, News Writer

Keenan students, faculty and staff came together this past February to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The LLS is the largest voluntary health organization to dedicate their time to finding cures, research and getting access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

During February, homeroom classes donated, while competing with each other, for the cause. Continue reading “Keenan helps the LLS”

A legacy that still lives on

By Emani Patterson, Features Writer

On February 23, Keenan held a Black History Month program for staff and students. They learned the importance of why Black History Month is celebrated.

They also watched their fellow classmates dance, sing and act as if they were a part of the movement many years ago.

“Past motivational speakers made it to where we’re able to see and understand what they had Continue reading “A legacy that still lives on”

School or work: Which one matters?

By Rodney Chavis, Features Writer

Will working have a low or high impact on a student’s performance in school? Maybe having a job will benefit them greatly.

Some may think having a part-time job is fun and exciting.

With students having part time jobs are their test scores being affected? Teachers answered that question in more ways than some people could think. Continue reading “School or work: Which one matters?”

Future ninth graders participate in Keenan tour

By Cedric McQueen, News Writer

Keeping the tradition alive, Keenan conducted its annual campus tour for the eighth graders at 9:00 A.M. on February 3. Every year, the tour gives the future ninth graders something to look forward to.

Mrs. Latayna Williams, Assistant Principal, as well as Senior Denia Epps and Sophomore Tevin Glover were involved in the tour. Continue reading “Future ninth graders participate in Keenan tour”

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