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Community Involvement

Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps millions

By Grant Adams, News Writer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month affects everyone in different ways, directly and indirectly. Various organizations do different things to help the millions affected with cancer. At Keenan, students and faculty put together a week to raise more awareness.

Ms. Deidra Pompey, Student Council Sponsor, is responsible for organizing the week.

“Student council members met and discussed the activities that would take place during the Continue reading “Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps millions”

Raiders fight against drug and alcohol abuse

By Skylar Dooley, News Writer

The week of October 23-31, 2014, gave a major impact of drug and alcohol abuse on students at Keenan.

Teachers hope students will keep their pledges to stay drug free.

The teachers think Red Ribbon Week put a good influence on the students.

“I feel it was a great opportunity to expose students to the importance of being drug free,” Mrs. Continue reading “Raiders fight against drug and alcohol abuse”

Keenan gives back

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer 

The purpose of JROTC collecting canned goods is to feed the hungry and to give back to the community during the holidays. JROTC continued to collect non-perishable items until January 16.

“This is not just benefiting JROTC; it’s benefiting Keenan as a whole. It shows that we care, and we’re not just thinking about ourselves,” MSG Roberts, JROTC commander, said. Continue reading “Keenan gives back”

Keenan collects money for Pennies for Pizza

By Terrel Davis, News Writer

Pizza Hut launched its annual Pennies for Pizza campaign in October to benefit world hunger. The Arcadia Lakes Pizza Hut was Keenan’s associate on this job. Keenan’s 2B classes raised funds to help children and families in seriously impoverished countries.

Keenan’s total earnings were $515.46. Mr. Charlie Richards, math teacher, and his class had the most earnings with an overall total of $82.48. Coming in second place was Mrs. Anita Stroman, Continue reading “Keenan collects money for Pennies for Pizza”

Keenan JROTC stands tall

By Zydrinna Eargle, News Writer 

The mighty Keenan Army JROTC Raider Battalion kicked off the new school year proudly wearing the new Army Service Uniform (ASU).  Cadets appear to stand just a little taller in that uniform versus the old green one.

They have a very busy year planned.

Drill meets are scheduled every other week. Continue reading “Keenan JROTC stands tall”

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”

Raiders fight cancer through Pasta for Pennies

By Ivi Mitchell, News Writer

From February 11 to March 12, Keenan held its annual Pasta for Pennies drive. Pasta for Pennies is a national drive Olive Garden hosts. Schools from all over the United States participate. Pasta for Pennies is held to help raise money for cancer patients.

Each teacher and his or her 1B class was given a month to raise and donate as much money as possible. As a reward for raising the most money, Olive Garden would give the winning class a Continue reading “Raiders fight cancer through Pasta for Pennies”

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”

Keenan participates in Principal for a Day

By Kenyonna Killingsworth, Graphics and Design Editor

The principal is missing—we must have a new one! He is nowhere to be found. The teachers have tried to page him. All the students are wondering what a lady is doing in his chair. Her name is Lt. Kimberly Myers; she has traded places with Mr. Alvin Pressley, Principal.

“Lieutenant Kimberly Myers began her career at the Sheriff’s Department in July, 2000. She was a deputy assigned to Region 2 for two years and then a School Resource Officer for four years,” Continue reading “Keenan participates in Principal for a Day”

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