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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”

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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”

Lack of school spirit?

By Jada Cochran, Features Writer

A lack of school spirit has been a major problem at Keenan for years, students seem to only have school spirit on Homecoming, Coming Home weeks, and other days we have major activities going on around school.

On December 3, 2015, 9-12 graders met with the District chair to discuss things happening around school. Some said the dress code is too strict and students don’t like Keenan. These Continue reading “Lack of school spirit?”

Living the Young Life: New program kicks off at Keenan

Mr. Rick Palmer, Area Director.
Mr. Rick Palmer, Area Director.
Former Keenan student Javion Clark, Keenan alumna Courtney Wallace and Mr. Nick Gamble.
Former Keenan student Javion Clark, Keenan alumna Courtney Wallace and Mr. Nick Gamble.

Story and Photos by Brenda Carson, Features Writer

A new program kicks off every Thursday from 3:20 until 4:20 in the Lecture Hall. Young Life is a nondenominational Christian mentorship program. Young life teaches and targets high school students to do what is right by teaching them about the love of God and how important unity is.

Young Life leaders (mentors) are volunteer students from schools such as the University of South Carolina (USC) and Benedict College. Continue reading “Living the Young Life: New program kicks off at Keenan”

Keenan recognized at Delta Sigma Theta May Week Banquet

By Lyric Swinton, Editor-in-Chief

The annual Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Richland County Alumnae Chapter May Week Celebration was held May 7 at Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center. Guests enjoyed a full-course meal while embarking upon the festivities.

The guest speaker was Mrs. Felicia Rhue-Howard, vice president of her respective department at SCANA. The entertainment was provided by Junior Nickolus Stewart along with Mr. Kingston Continue reading “Keenan recognized at Delta Sigma Theta May Week Banquet”

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