“Meet Your Panthers” is back again this year to showcase standout representatives of the Class of 2020.
The fourth edition of 2019-20 features Shakniah Burgess and Keith “KJ” Rose. Shakniah is the daughter of Fedora McGill, Sharod Burgess, and Ernest McGill. She has been a 3-year member of the cheerleading squad, a 4-year member of the varsity basketball team, and a 2-year member of the softball team and kept a 3.3 GPA. KJ is the son of Tashawnka Cockfield and Keith Rose. He has participated in football, basketball, and track while maintaining a 3.1 GPA.
1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
Shakniah: I would describe myself as beautiful, goofy, and athletic.
KJ: I would describe myself as influential, goofy, and an athlete.
2. What is your favorite part of LCHS athletics?
Shakniah: My favorite part of LCHS athletics is being able to play all of the sports I love with the people I love.
KJ: The best part is how everybody has a positive mindset and everybody is trying to accomplish something great.
3. What is your favorite class and who is your favorite teacher?
Shakniah: My favorite class is Math and Mrs. Kershaw is my favorite teacher.
KJ: Weight room because that’s the time I have to get stronger, do work I haven’t finished, and study. My favorite teacher is Coach Stan Adams because he stays on me, keeps me focused, and wants me to be better than the person ahead of me.
4. Who is the most influential person in your life?
Shakniah: The most influential person in my life is my Mom and Ms. Tonia Wilson because they push me to work hard and be great.
KJ: My mother because she pushes me hard, is always there for me, and she wants be to be successful in life.
5. What is your favorite meal?
Shakniah: My favorite meal is chicken nuggets and fries.
KJ: 12 piece meal from Chic-fil-A.
6. What is your favorite athletic event memory?
Shakniah: My favorite memory is when the varsity basketball team pulled me up from JV and I had a magnificent game against Kingstree.
KJ: My favorite memory is winning the region championship in 8th grade basketball.
7. What is your plan after graduating?
Shakniah: My plan is to attend a 4-year school and major in Nursing.
KJ: I plan to continue my football career at the next level and major in sports management.
8. What is the best part of LCHS?
Shakniah: The best part of LCHS is cheering on Friday nights.
KJ: The best part is how we stand our ground when it comes to competition.
9. How do you want Panther fans to remember you?
Shakniah: I want to be remembered as hardworking and outgoing.
KJ: Somebody who always gave it their all and had a positive mindset.
10. If you could have a conversation with 9th grade you, what would you say?
Shakniah: I would tell 9th grade me to stay focused and that each year counts. Also, take advantage of the opportunities you are given at LCHS.
KJ: I would tell myself to stay focused and get better everyday.
Photos courtesy of Acacia Johnson, C/O 2022