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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 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”

Keenan students walk the runway

By Iyona Hagler, News Writer

On Sunday January 22 Keenan held a scholarship pageant. The judges crowned a Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior, Mr. Keenan and Miss Keenan.

“I feel good and proud I can lead my class in a positive way,” Junior Alexxis Mitchell, Miss. Junior, said.

The pageant was organized into four categories for underclassmen: formal wear, business, Continue reading “Keenan students walk the runway”

Brown shows appreciation

By Shania Wilson, Features Writer

Mr. J.B. Brown, drama teacher, agreed to meet up to be the central focus of a ten-minute interview which turned into a 25-minute interview engaging in his directing and acting career. He sat and reflected on his past drama productions, while contemplating the “good ole days.”

Brown first started pondering upon when he first recognized his appreciation of drama. When he was young he realized he found himself fascinated with the production of not only dramas Continue reading “Brown shows appreciation”

Senior year comes to an end

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

As senior year begins to come to an end, the memories start becoming distant thoughts. College is the main thing on everyone’s mind. Going from high school to college is a huge step but one that will lead to even more amazing things. All the friends made over the past four years will soon be moving on to new adventures and experiences. Everyone will adventure off and experience things they’ve never imagined. Continue reading “Senior year comes to an end”

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