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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”

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Juniors conquer ACT WorkKeys test

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

According to Mrs. Latayna Williams, assistant administrator, the ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that helps employers select, train, hire, develop and retain a high performance workforce. The test measures soft and foundational skills; it also offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Each section is forty-five minutes with a fifteen minute break between applied mathematics and locating information. Continue reading “Juniors conquer ACT WorkKeys test”

Dining in or carrying out?

By Nahla Muldrow, News Writer

An open- or off-campus policy allows select or all students to leave campus during the lunch period to purchase or consume food and beverages. The sole purpose of school is to prepare students for the responsibilities of the real world. This policy could ensure just that.

“There isn’t any good food here,” Senior Jada Jackson said. “We deserve better food options, and this policy will give students more freedom to have them.” Continue reading “Dining in or carrying out?”

Golden kicks on my feet

By David Brown, Features Writer

The first Foamposite one that was ever released was the royal blue foams with the icy bottom, released in 1997.

Eighteen years later the golden Foamposites are released. They were a much hyped release, and many people wanted to get them.

“I love the golden Foamposites and how the icy bottom is a darker tint,” Sophomore Henry Continue reading “Golden kicks on my feet”

DO STUDENTS APPRECIATE IDS?

Are IDs taking over Keenan?

Story and photos by Roderica Sturrup, Opinion Writer

Keenan has an enforced an ID policy that says all IDs must be visible at all times. Students
must have a valid ID at all times throughout the day. Anyone who doesn’t have an ID will be sent to ISS for the remainder of the day.

Teachers are told to check for IDs before students even enter the room. IDs must be hung around the student’s neck. Continue reading “DO STUDENTS APPRECIATE IDS?”

Keenan back on a 20-minute lunch schedule

By Eva Owusu, News Writer

Students at Keenan were outraged by the shortened lunch schedule put in place by administration. Students only had about a 20-minute window to collect their food and eat it, in place of the usual window to do the same.

Those extra nine minutes make a difference.

“I don’t like it at all,” Senior Larry Brown said.  “I don’t have enough time to go to my locker and Continue reading “Keenan back on a 20-minute lunch schedule”

Sneaker news kicks off

By David Brown, Features Writer  

Shoes are everything to me because when I was younger I really liked this one pair of Jordan Retro 11’s. They were called Cool Grey 11’s, all grey upper, grey patent leather, white midsole and finished with icy bottom.

I talked to two of my uncles. I asked Mr. Stacy Davis which kicks he likes better, Jordan’s or Nike’s. Continue reading “Sneaker news kicks off”

Active shooter drills: Effective or defective?

By Jordyn Reynolds, News Writer

On November 18 and December 12, 2014, Keenan had active shooter drills.

Every year Richland One requires each of its schools to have active shooter drills. The schools can also have one on their own.

What exactly is an active shooter drill? It’s the drill that a school practices just in case there is a shooter in the school, just like fire, earthquake and tornado drills. Continue reading “Active shooter drills: Effective or defective?”

20-minute lunches leave students confused

By Kayla Brown, News Writer

Ever since administration at Keenan made the students’ lunch 10 minutes shorter, students have a lot to say; they don’t think it’s fair. They say they don’t have enough time to get their lunch and eat it. Twenty minutes for lunch is just not long enough. Two students from each grade level were asked about how they really felt about the lunch schedule.  One of the questions asked was “Do you think it’s fair for us to have 20 minutes for lunch?” Most students’ responses were very negative. They also feel our social time is cut short.

Continue reading “20-minute lunches leave students confused”

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