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Get to know Destoni Truesdale

By DaiDrina McCullough, News Writer

On March 19, Ms. Destoni Truesdale, Keenan graduate, started working as Keenan’s dance teacher.

“This position was offered to me,” Truesdale said. “I enjoy working with the students.”

With all the different dance teachers throughout the year, Truesdale has stayed. She actually wanted the job and proved she wanted it. Continue reading “Get to know Destoni Truesdale”

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KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM IN ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan is having its Orchestra Festival May 4 at 5:00 P.M. in the auditorium. This event will cost $5 each entry.  The point of this concert is to prepare for formations from solos up to groups of eight, and it’s to be graded on players’ playing levels. Everyone will play on his or her level, beginner or pro.

“We will perform solos and ensemble music; there will be six student solos,” Ms. Christi Lewis, Continue reading “KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM IN ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL”

KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM AT SPRING CONCERT

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan is having its Spring Concert May 3 at 6 P.M. in the auditorium. This event will be free. There will be tributes to group solos and duets. The band is mostly focusing on chamber ensemble music. Dance is thinking about a High School Musical theme

“I’m working on pieces and places for everyone’s part,” Ms. Destoni Truesdale, dance teacher, said. Continue reading “KEENAN FINE ARTS TO PERFORM AT SPRING CONCERT”

Battle of the Bands: Watch how we do it our way

By DaiDrina McCullough, News Writer

Keenan’s Marching Raider Rubber Band hosted its first annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.

The Battle of the Bands is a good opportunity for young folks who are on the band

“We travel throughout the Southeast to compete and perform,” Mr. Garrick Rivers, band director, said. “It was time for us to host our own competition.” Continue reading “Battle of the Bands: Watch how we do it our way”

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”

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 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 exhibits talent at District Honors Orchestra program

By Cedric McQueen, Features Writer

Showcasing their skills, Keenan’s orchestra members attended the District Honors Orchestra event at 6:00 P.M. on February 17 at Lower Richland High school. The day before, various students participated in the practice conducted from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The top orchestra students from both middle and high school attended the concert.

Keenan Orchestra Teacher Ms. Christi Lewis and her best students were also present. Continue reading “Keenan exhibits talent at District Honors Orchestra program”

A legacy that still lives on

By Emani Patterson, Features Writer

On February 23, Keenan held a Black History Month program for staff and students. They learned the importance of why Black History Month is celebrated.

They also watched their fellow classmates dance, sing and act as if they were a part of the movement many years ago.

“Past motivational speakers made it to where we’re able to see and understand what they had Continue reading “A legacy that still lives on”

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