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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.

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Let us be free!

By DeNasia Owens, News Writer

For the last year, Keenan has been changing rules, and administrators are trying to keep students in school; they’re suspending them for how they dress and doing things that shouldn’t be restricted.

In the case of a student being sent out of class by administration for her pants being too tight, one administrator said it was the material, and the other said that it was okay Continue reading “Let us be free!”

Class of 2014 prepares to say goodbye

By Kenyonna Killingsworth, Graphics and Design Editor

The Class of 2014’s time at Keenan is coming to an end as the seniors get ready to graduate. We’ve shared laughs, we’ve danced, talked, and voted for one another in competition. We’re going to miss being around each other. We’ve cried together, lost together, and have become mature together.

“I will miss them; however, it[’s] time to move one and start a new chapter,” Mrs. Jessica Miller, Continue reading “Class of 2014 prepares to say goodbye”

Stop the cyber bullying

By Kenyonna Killingsworth, Graphics Designs Editor

What is cyber bulling?  Cyber bulling is when another person hurts someone else on the internet. It’s the use of information to harm or to harass other people. Cyber bulling is not limited to children, teens or even adults. Some children think it’s funny to harm someone else.

“That cyber bullying is a sad thing someone can do to someone,” Mrs. Debbie Lomas, Attendance Secretary, said. Continue reading “Stop the cyber bullying”

Some Raiders express animosity about Coming Home Spirit Week

By Diamond Jones, News Writer

The week of January 13 -17 was Coming Home Week 2014. The theme of this week was “Blue and Gold Never Gets Old.” Monday was Lazy Day; students were to dress in sweatpants and a t-shirt. Tuesday was Stoplight Day; students were to dress according to relationship status, while on Wednesday, Class Uniform Day, all students and faculty were to wear khakis with t-shirt color by classification. On Thursday, students were to dress in black attire as if they were going Continue reading “Some Raiders express animosity about Coming Home Spirit Week”

Rescheduled breaks and school days: ‘The district should rethink it’

By Breonia Lee, News Editor

It’s that time of year when not only students, but teachers and staff as well are on the edge of their seats. After juggling maintaining grades and the extracurricular, activities students are ready to have a break from school. The second longest break from school, winter break, is always something to look forward to after the first semester. Just the thought of the time out of school gives us relief.

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Veterans voice thoughts on students attending school on Veterans Day

By Breonia Lee, News Editor

November is the month in history to celebrate the end of fighting between the Allies and Germany in World War I, on November 11, 1918. It has become a day to honor all the veterans of the U.S. military, living or deceased. This is also the day of the Veteran’s Day parade and closing of many federal offices to honor the service of veterans.

So why are Richland One students attending school rather than honoring the service of Continue reading “Veterans voice thoughts on students attending school on Veterans Day”

Child abuse growing in today’s society

By Kenyonna Killingsworth, Graphics and Design Editor  

Child abuse is not something you see every day; is not something you hear every day. There are no clear statistics, but there are surveys. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 900,000 abuse reports to state agencies. The survey did not examine the rate of abuse.  Child abuse is happening all over the world. It can happen at home, school or child care facilities. Often times, parents don’t even know if their children are being abused Continue reading “Child abuse growing in today’s society”

Policy or people: Does it matter how students present themselves at school?

By Breonia Lee, News Editor

According to Keenan’s mission statement “The mission of W. J. Keenan High School is to provide an environment conductive to learning, which will enable each student to become a productive and self-reliant citizen in a global society, through diverse and challenging academic experiences in cooperation with the family and community.”

When working towards this goal, there are different factors that can help achieve it. Simply Continue reading “Policy or people: Does it matter how students present themselves at school?”

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