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Keenan High Schoolers prepare for their dreams

By Faithe Stallings, Features Writer

All through the ages of youth, kids change what they want to become when they become adults. Once they reach high school, the reality of mature responsibilities hits them in the chest. At a minority-based school, would it be stereotypical for them not to be ready or would the students show that they have learned? Examining seniors and freshmen to see the differences in the thought processes by age group is to find out what their plans are for the future of the Continue reading “Keenan High Schoolers prepare for their dreams”

Keenan athlete commits to Norfolk State University

By Jada Ramsey, Sports Writer 

Senior D’Montre’ Smith signed to Norfolk State University on February 7 for football.

“I am going to this school to major in Secondary Teaching,” he said.

This will be Plan B for Smith because his first is trying to get into the NFL.

“I’m very blessed that a college coach came to my house and sat in my living room and told me everything was taken care of,” Smith said. Continue reading “Keenan athlete commits to Norfolk State University”

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”

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”

Athletes take steps to their future

By Logan McDaniel, News Writer

Players are being recruited for different sports at all times. Some players focus on behavior, thinking that’s what recruiters look at.

“I believe this because coaches rather see players working together with good behaviors,” Freshman Dillon Jones, varsity basketball player, said.

Many wonder if participating on a bad team will affect their chances of being recruited. Continue reading “Athletes take steps to their future”

Upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors are impacted through high school

By Jasmine Tillman, Features Writer

Middle school has ended, and it’s time to grow up. The upcoming freshmen have become young adults and have matured, while seniors are leaving and moving out into the real world. Now let’s get a sneak peek on how high school has impacted their lives.

“High school is hard, and the teachers are tough, but it’s not as bad as people made it seem,”Freshman Jametta Favor said. Continue reading “Upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors are impacted through high school”

School or work: Which one matters?

By Rodney Chavis, Features Writer

Will working have a low or high impact on a student’s performance in school? Maybe having a job will benefit them greatly.

Some may think having a part-time job is fun and exciting.

With students having part time jobs are their test scores being affected? Teachers answered that question in more ways than some people could think. Continue reading “School or work: Which one matters?”

Future ninth graders participate in Keenan tour

By Cedric McQueen, News Writer

Keeping the tradition alive, Keenan conducted its annual campus tour for the eighth graders at 9:00 A.M. on February 3. Every year, the tour gives the future ninth graders something to look forward to.

Mrs. Latayna Williams, Assistant Principal, as well as Senior Denia Epps and Sophomore Tevin Glover were involved in the tour. Continue reading “Future ninth graders participate in Keenan tour”

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