W.J. Keenan High School

Can’t be beat: Columbia native recounts years drumming for Prince

One thing legendary performing artist Prince was a proponent of was live music. With backing bands like The Revolution and The New Power Generation, live instrumentation was a hallmark of Prince’s style and the development of the “Minneapolis sound.” John Blackwell, drummer for Prince, developed his passion for music at W.J. Keenan High School. (Photos by Kelly Petty) The musician,…

From STEM to space: Richland One Challenger Learning Center celebrates 20 years

Three ninth-grade students from W.J. Keenan High School have completed an experiment that has been chosen to be performed on the International Space Station later this year. The students test how cornstarch and water react in a weightless environment that’s similar to space. It’s an experiment that studies microgravity and tests how starch particles, which are found in plants, move…

Teen accused of bringing gun to high school, threatening students

Richland County sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a teen accused of bringing a gun to W. J. Keenan High School and threatening students. Delijah Robinson (photo provided) Keenan students approached the school resource officer, a Richland County sheriff’s deputy, around 10:30 a.m. Monday to report the threats, according to Sheriff Leon Lott. Lott said the students showed the deputy threatening text…

School districts to face off for ‘Nothing But Net’ charity event

Richland One and Richland Two school districts will be hosting their annual charity basketball game next week. The “Nothing But Net”event was rescheduled from October after the floods hit Columbia. Richland Two board member Chip Jackson (left) and Richland One board member Aaron Bishop show solidarity during last year’s game. (photo provided) This is the second year teams from both…

W.J. Keenan High School wins $20,000 for Samsung ‘Solve For Tomorrow’ contest

W.J. Keenan High School is one of 51 schools selected around the nation to compete for a chance to win the $2 million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The Richland One school beat out four other schools, including Lower Richland High School, to represent South Carolina. The contest is designed to encourage high school students to develop an interest in…