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Graduation is coming sooner rather than later

By Amaria Webb, News Writer

Graduation is on June 7 at Colonial Life Arena. The senior class is ready for this day. We have four more months until June 7.

“I’m excited; also, ready to begin my life as a soldier,” Senior Rodney Chavis said.

People have different feelings about graduation.

“Ready,” Senior Thessalonian Reid said. Continue reading “Graduation is coming sooner rather than later”

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”

Keenan begins EOC testing for the year

By Emani Patterson, News Writer

On May 9, 11, 15, and 16, Keenan began end-of-course (EOC) testing. The EOC is an end-of-course exam that ninth through 11th grade students take each year.

The EOC will determine what students have learned from the beginning of the school year up until now.

“My classes are reviewing every standard and taking practice tests,” Mrs. Rona Stuart, U.S. Continue reading “Keenan begins EOC testing for the year”

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”

Seniors plan for graduation

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

High school is all about preparing for the “real world.” May 24, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. Keenan students will walk across the stage at Colonial Life Arena.  Students will receive diplomas and rewards from their work over the course of four years, from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

“It’s lit,” Senior Sanchez Lorick said. “I’m ready to take on the next chapter of my life.”

The graduating seniors all have earned 24 course credits, which is the South Carolina state Continue reading “Seniors plan for graduation”

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”

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”

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