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Keenan dancers take the stage

By Kamya Gibbons, News Writer

The dance showcase takes place every year. This showcase consists of students’ own choreography. Students had the opportunity to either do a solo and/or dance with a partner.

Students must have a theme to represent their dance

“My theme will be on self-control,” Senior Shonteonna Harris said.

This showcase gives each student the opportunity to show her own choreography. This is the Continue reading “Keenan dancers take the stage”

Coming Home came back

From left: Mrs. Nicole Price, English Teacher; Sophomores Roderica Sturrup and Kayera Cornell; Junior Kenyatta Jefcoat; and Ms. Mary Haile and Mrs. Deidra Pompey, English teachers, are dressed up for Nerd's Day Thursday. File photo.
From left: Mrs. Nicole Price, English Teacher; Sophomores Roderica Sturrup and Kayera Cornell; Junior Kenyatta Jefcoat; and Ms. Mary Haile and Mrs. Deidra Pompey, English teachers, are dressed up for Nerd’s Day Thursday. File photo.

 

Teachers and staff members blew out the students in the annual basketabll game. Photo by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer.
Teachers and staff members blew out the students in the annual basketabll game. Photo by Mr. Stephen Milligan, Staff Photographer.

By Zydrinna Eargle, News Writer

It was time to get hype and show some school spirit. Keenan’s Coming Home finally arrived the first week of February, and it was so much fun with all the Spirit Week activities. Keenan had an activity every day of the week; the theme was Candy Crush.

The juniors got ready for Coming Home and went out to get their things to campaign for Coming Home Prince and Princess. Continue reading “Coming Home came back”

Let it snow: Dancers take the floor

Story by DeNia Epps, Features Writer, and photos by Tiski Gray and Jordan Lawson, Staff Photographers

On December 17, 2014, the Keenan dance company performed the Snow Queen, a remake of Frozen.

The performance was the display of how hard the dancers worked first semester. They went through numerous practices and tryouts. They had practices in and out of class, by themselves, as a class and also as a whole company. Continue reading “Let it snow: Dancers take the floor”

Raider Rubber Band marches forward

By Eva Owusu, News Writer

The Keenan Marching Raider Rubber Band went to Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7 to compete in the National Band Competition.

The band has worked many weeks throughout the summer and first quarter of the school year in order to prepare a routine show for the competition.

Lead by Mr. Brandon Hopkins, band director, the band continued into another year of competing Continue reading “Raider Rubber Band marches forward”

Students to compete for crown in Scholarship Pageant

By Breayanna Gibson, Features Writer

Mrs. Stephanie Jenkins, dance teacher, is setting up this year’s Keenan Scholarship Pageant.

The qualifications to be in the pageant are a 2.0 GPA, $200 fundraiser and no infractions. The theme of the pageant is Masquerade.

Pageant contestants participating are Sophomores Roderica Sturrup and John Richmond, Juniors Amber Stone and Ashley Baker and Seniors Raegan Crewell and Caleb Boyd. Continue reading “Students to compete for crown in Scholarship Pageant”

Another successful fine arts performance rewards Keenan audience

By Jalona Webb, Features Writer

On May 16, the drama department and band students performed the play RAPunzel. RAPunzel was an urban twist on the traditional fairy tale “Rapunzel.”

“It’s a play; it’s a modernized version of ‘Rapunzel.’ It’s our Keenan High spin on ‘Rapunzel,’” Sophomore Le’on Hill said.

The months of preparation and practice showed on the night of the performance. Audience Continue reading “Another successful fine arts performance rewards Keenan audience”

Francis Marion’s gospel choir visits Keenan

By Lyric Swinton, Editor-in-Chief

On March 7 in the Auditorium, the Francis Marion University gospel choir visited and performed for students and faculty in the Fine Arts Department.

The choir goes by the name Young, Gifted and Blessed (Y.G.B.), and is led by Director Jeffrey Lampkin. The choir is embarking on a spring tour of the Southeast.

Keenan Choral Director Mrs. Julia Forbes said they reached out to her, inquiring about Continue reading “Francis Marion’s gospel choir visits Keenan”

Keenan holds first superlative showcase

By De’Agea Daniels Features Writer

Keenan held its first Senior Superlative Program (SSP) this year. The program required attending Seniors to dress in business casual attire and gather in the Auditorium during lunch and fourth period.

Many of the attending Seniors enjoyed the program and thought it was very successful.

“I think it [the SSP] went very smoothly. It was very interesting and resembled the actual BET Continue reading “Keenan holds first superlative showcase”

Some Raiders express animosity about Coming Home Spirit Week

By Diamond Jones, News Writer

The week of January 13 -17 was Coming Home Week 2014. The theme of this week was “Blue and Gold Never Gets Old.” Monday was Lazy Day; students were to dress in sweatpants and a t-shirt. Tuesday was Stoplight Day; students were to dress according to relationship status, while on Wednesday, Class Uniform Day, all students and faculty were to wear khakis with t-shirt color by classification. On Thursday, students were to dress in black attire as if they were going Continue reading “Some Raiders express animosity about Coming Home Spirit Week”

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