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New kids on the block: Freshman students work harder and smarter

By Kyla Davis, Features Writer

Class of 2022 freshmen have been on their journey throughout high school since they started in August 2018.  There are also new teachers on the hall, including a selected few teachers and veterans teaching freshman.

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Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships

By Amari Young, Sports Writer

The Keenan Boys Basketball team is led by Coach Zachary Norris. The team is number one in the region right now with the record of 24-1; the Raiders ranked number three in the state of South Carolina and number 150 in the nation. The main focus of Keenan basketball is defense; the team thinks it is key to winning games.

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Keenan’s volleyball team spikes balls left and right

Story and photo by Kyla Davis, Sports Writer

The Lady Raiders Volleyball Team is coached by Ms. Allie Kehoe, physical education teacher.  Sophomores Jashawna Evans (5’10 ½”) and Breona Flemming (5’2”) are players for the team. They tell their journey to being volleyball players, playing for Keenan and what it has brought.

Each player and thecoach have something inside of her that makes her want to win.

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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”

Keenan gets new Senior Army Instructor

Story by Amaria Webb, Features Writer, and photo courtesy Lauren Gordon, Special to the Sword and Shield

Chief Ella Robinson-Byrd joined the Raider staff as of May 30, 2017.

Robinson-Byrd has been a JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) instructor for 13 years. She teaches a lot about the real world. She doesn’t sugar coat anything. Students say she is a true person. It’s helpful to have the female perspective on things.

“I wanted to make a difference in young people lives,” Robinson-Byrd said. Continue reading “Keenan gets new Senior Army Instructor”

Crown them King and Queen

By Imani Osborne, News Writer

Seniors Thessalonian Reid and Logan Taylor-McDaniel were crowned Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Bolden stadium.

The theme of Homecoming Week was “There’s No Place Homecoming.” There were different days where students could dress up and show their school spirit.

“It was important [for me to show school spirit] because you don’t get a lot of opportunities to Continue reading “Crown them King and Queen”

Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

On August 22, Keenan’s student body met its new principal, Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley.

Whaley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, earning his master’s degree in Biology He was formerly an assistant principal at A.C Flora High School and Eau Claire High School.

“I think it’s a great feeling working with young people to establish a vision to take W.J Keenan High to the next level,” Whaley said. Continue reading “Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better”

Principal for a Day learns the ins and out of high school

By Karlniyah Hill and Jaquaris Tobias, News Writers

Pastor Simeon Moultrie was Principal for a Day on November 9, 2017

Moultrie came to Keenan because he thought it was a good school and a nice environment to be in. He also heard good things about Keenan from graduates and social media.

Moultrie and Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley, Principal, went around the school to each classroom to observe and interact with teachers and the objects in the classroom that were related to what Continue reading “Principal for a Day learns the ins and out of high school”

A Keenan Raider gone too soon

By Bobbianna Branch News Writer

On February 14, Keenan teachers, students and loved ones got the news that a Raider had passed away. Senior Brian Keith Davidson, Jr., (BJ) passed away. This tragic death took a toll on not only his family but also his peers at Keenan.

Junior Hannah Burton was one of the close friends of BJ, and she says that his death has had an positive and negative impact on her and her classmates. Continue reading “A Keenan Raider gone too soon”

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