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Upward Stars ‘Play with Purpose’

By Dillon Jones, Sports Writer

Spartanburg, SC- The Upward Stars Center has been thriving since the fall of 2014. Their purpose is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports.

Coach Curtis Wheeler is the program director of the Upward Stars Southeast Adidas Gauntlet team. The program has a 15-, 16- and 17-age group team.

“We are the only team in the state with this type of recognition,” Wheeler said. “Since we Continue reading “Upward Stars ‘Play with Purpose’”

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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”

Delta GEMS helps families during holiday season

By Imani Osborne, News Writer

The Delta GEMS group of Keenan participated in the Families Helping Families community service project on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. This took place at the Families Helping Families warehouse in West Columbia.

Families Helping Families is a non-profit organization that helps families during Christmas time. The organization works by a family adopting a less fortunate family and providing them Continue reading “Delta GEMS helps families during holiday season”

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 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”

Keenan gives hope for the holidays

By Emani Patterson, News Writer

Keenan’s JROTC classes teamed up to donate food and clothes for the Harvest Hope Food Bank starting on November 28, 2016.

This production was not only for JROTC classes to contribute to but the whole school as well.

Seniors Dinease Jones and Shadaria Daniels, JROTC cadets, were in charge of the food and clothes drive; both had a specific goal for the drive. Continue reading “Keenan gives hope for the holidays”

Keenan Blood Drive saves lives

By A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Sahara White, National Honors Society advisor, is in charge of the blood drive that happened on November 22, 2016. Forty-five people at Keenan donated blood this year, one pint each being given.

“It takes approximately 10-12 minutes to give blood,” White said.

There is a shortage of O positive in the world, so once someone has it, it’s important to give it. Continue reading “Keenan Blood Drive saves lives”

A couple of pies in the face won’t hurt!

By Bobbianna Branch, News Writer

To raise money for Keenan’s Parent Teacher and Student Association (PTSA), Mrs. Evita George, president of the PTSA, came up with the idea of a pie-throwing fundraiser. In the commons area, on November 23, 2016, students bought tickets for $1.00 to throw pies at the teacher of their choice.

Some teachers volunteered, and some were asked because others backed out and couldn’t Continue reading “A couple of pies in the face won’t hurt!”

Keenan Student Council gives back during holidays with #StealASmile

Photos and Story by Lyric Swinton, News Writer

From December 14 to December 18, 2015, the Keenan Student Council, in conjunction with the Students in Action (SIA) team and Service Learning class, all under the advisement of Mrs. Deidra Pompey, Student Activities Director, held a week of service entitled #StealASmile.

The idea came about at the SIA Fall Leadership Conference when the SIA team, comprised of five Student Body and Senior Class Officers, had to put together a service project in less than Continue reading “Keenan Student Council gives back during holidays with #StealASmile”

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