Jazz Syndicate to play Iowa Jazz Championships

Johnston High School's top jazz band, the Jazz Syndicate, has received first place at their last two jazz events.  The band recently won the state's largest 4A jazz contest, the Tallcorn Jazz Festival, and on March 7, won the Hoover Jazz Festival.  The band has earned an invitation to the prestigious Iowa Jazz Championships on Tuesday, March 31 at the Des Moines Civic Center where they will play at 9 a.m.  The band is directed by Jeff Robilliard. Congratulations!

Djukanovic Qualifies for Nat’l Speech Contest

DjukanovicTara Djukanovic, a Johnston High School sophomore, has qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament to be held in Dallas, TX in June. She will compete in dramatic interpretation with the top 250 students from across the country. This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Tara. Congratulations!

JHS Show Choirs Wrap Up Stellar Season

In the cold days of winter, Johnston show choirs are bringing the heat.   Since August, the vocals - and vigor - have been pumping out of the Johnston High School choir room. And it shows.   Johnston High School Innovation and Synergy show choirs have been sweeping the awards at invitational competitions near and far. To date, Innovation has collected five Grand Championship titles - the most in the group's history - in addition to many categorical awards, making for an undefeated season. Synergy, the high school prep division show choir, has brought home two grand championships from their five competitions.  (more…)

High Marks for Summit TSA

The Summit TSA competed at the Perry TSA Challenge on Tuesday, February 17. Summit students represented Johnston well, often taking top spots in competition areas. Below are the results. Congratulations! (more…)

Johnston Wins Regional Academic Decathlon

On January 29 and 30, 22 Johnston students brought home a total of 48 individual ribbons from the regional Academic Decathlon competition. Beyond the individual ribbons for separate events, Johnston students took home eight of the two overall high-scoring medals. Team “The Monks at the Mediterranean Sea,” in addition to taking top honors in the testing events, also won the group Superquiz event, sweeping the competition. Below are listed each of the Overall Individual Champions. (more…)

Johnston Speech and Debate

The Johnston Debate and Speech team recently participated in the East High Classic at DSM East. The team placed fourth overall in Speech. Individual awards went to: Tara Djukanovic - first place prose, third place Poetry; Jadyn Lovelady - second place Prose; Xiao Liu - sixth place Prose; Peter Beebe - third place Original Oratory; Peter Beebe and McKenna Raimer - fifth place in Public Forum Debate.

Johnston students represent in All-State Instrumental, Choir Selection

All-State Band and Orchestra auditions took place October 25 and 26 at the Indianola High School. Johnston High School was well-represented in the number of students auditioning and being named to this elite group. Congratulations to the following Johnston High School students for being selected to the 2014 Iowa All-State Band and Orchestra. (more…)

JHS Publications Earn Accolades at State Conference

The Iowa High School Press Association fall conference was held on Thursday, October 23 at Iowa State University. The Johnston High School yearbook and newspaper staffs did well at the state journalism conference.
  • Gabby Ledesma, Anne Rogers, and Carly Kinning were named Emerging Journalists, three of 10 named state-wide.
  • Laura Schwartz was named Iowa High School Photographer of the year.
The JHS yearbook, The Dragon, won the state competition.
  • Individual yearbook award winners: Anna Lam, Kelsey Acheson, Elizabeth Reiher, Amanda Jensen, Hannah Van Zee, Tyler Fenton, Helen Moritz, Ashley Long, Megan Buckallew, Gabby Ledesma, and Katrina Fey
The student newspaper, the Black and White, won the photography division and earned third in writing.
  • Individual newspaper award winners: Laura Sciezinski, Mollie Greenwood, Malorie Goodale, Sarah Margolin, Laura Schwartz, Natalie Larimer, and Anne Rogers
Congratulations to these student journalists! Journalism teacher and Black and White advisor Leslie Shipp accompanied the students to the convention.

Students Attend State History Workshop

More than 100 Johnston students in grades 6-12 attended a workshop sponsored by and at the State Historical Society of Iowa on October 20. Colleen Ites, Sue Cline and Kathy Paul, teachers in the Extended Learning Program, accompanied the students. photo 1The workshop theme “Leadership and Legacy in History” focused on Iowa’s role in Freedom Summer of 1964. Special guests included Civil Rights Activist Patti Miller who screened both her documentary related to Iowa’s participation and the American Experience documentary Freedom Summer.  She spoke to the students about her role in producing the documentary as well as her experiences working in Mississippi and later with Dr. Martin Luther King. The students also met with archivists, historians, college professors, and librarians throughout the day. Johnston eighth grade student Allie Tubbs, who was a gold medal winner at National History Day in June, led a popular session. She led a session in which she performed her documentary and discussed her research and the process in which she created her project. Fellow middle school student Leah Denny said, “I had no idea that Lou Hoover was so influential at the time her husband was in office. The tea meetings that she had were such a big deal, and she used that to her advantage. She invited a black woman, the wife of a Congressman, and caused a national uproar by showing people her support of what was a huge debate. I loved how Allie used her emotions to portray her character in a way that engaged the audience.”  

Band Receives Superior Rating at Waukee Competition

Congratulations to the members of the Johnston High School Varsity Marching Band for their outstanding performances this weekend (and all season). The band received a high Division I (Superior Rating) on Saturday at State Marching Band Contest in Waukee.  They then concluded the evening by finishing 1st out of 22 bands at the Waukee Marching Invitational with a score of 87.9 (one of the two highest scores in the state this season).  The band also received awards for best color guard and best drum majors.  The band has had an outstanding season.  Best of luck to all of our other fall activities as they get ready for state level competitions. band1
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