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AC DEC starts in September with weekly non-mandatory study sessions. Competition is in February. Students take tests over math, history, economics, science, literature, music history, art history and give a speech and an interview. We qualify for State each year and do very well there. Contact Sue Cline for more information.
ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering)
Meet with working professionals in the Des Moines area and work collectively to solve a design brief. Contact Rhys South for more information.
Anime Club meets twice a week (once in morning and once in afternoon) to watch videos, play games and discuss our favorite anime culture. Contact Kristi Mundy for more information.
Archery Club will meet from December through February. Practices are before school at 7:00 a.m. We will host a couple tournaments at JHS and attend other local shoots in the area. Contact Dave Beason for more information.
Male: Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Track, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer. Female: Cross Country, Volleyball, Swimming, Basketball, Track, Golf, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Bowling. Note: Athletes must meet eligibility requirements in order to participate. Any student receiving a failing grade (F) at the semester will not be eligible to participate in the next sport in which the student has previously participated. Also check out Athletics website. Contact Gary Ross for more information.
BAND - Marching, Jazz, Concert, Wind Symphony
Must have previous band experience to participate. Contact Pat Kearney for more information.
Best Buddies is a friendship club which gives students the chance to form unique friendships. Through Best Buddies, students will expand their circle of friends and bring happiness to students who are often left out because they have disabilities. Best Buddies lets students see past differences and focus on what everyone likes…good times and good friends! Best Buddies' mission at JHS is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and many FUN group activities on a regular basis. Students are matched for an entire school year with a student with disabilities of their own age with similar interests so it’s FUN! Students make a difference in someone’s life just by being a friend! Contact Angie Koob and Melissa Johnson for more information.
Meets 2nd Monday of each month during the school year. Discuss books, authors and other book/writing news. Sometimes members share their own writing. Contact Jane Behrens for more information
The Chess Club is currently not an active group, but if interested in participating, contact Jesse Dowell for more information.
CHOIR - Choir, Show Choir, Musical
Choir & Show Choir auditions are each spring for the following school year. Spring musical auditions are in December. See Vocal Music website. Contact Eric Shepard for more information.
A group who performs at football and basketball games at JHS, competes at ISDTA State Competition, (may) compete at Nationals Competition, performs at other events throughout the season. Tryouts are late April/early May. Practice three times each week. Available to 9-12 graders. Previous dance experience is beneficial. Contact Jacque Butzke for more information.
The debate team is open to all students in grades 10-12 and meets 1-2 times a week starting in the fall through December. Students wishing to qualify for Nationals will have competitions through February. Students participate in competitions once a month on either Friday or Saturday. JHS is a member of the IHSSA (Iowa High School Speech Association) and compete at numerous tournaments using the public forum debate style. Contact Brenda Smrdel for more information.
DLE (Digital Learning Environment) 1:1 STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM
Mentor students in using the iPads for learning. Create communication tools on the 1:1 initiative for students. Assist with materials and learning events for students throughout the initative. Contact Ann Wiley for more information.
The Environmental Club is currently not an active group, but if interested in participating, contact Dustin Mead for more information.
F.C.A (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
FCA is an organization with a mission to present to all students, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. At a typical meeting, students play games, sing worship songs, listen to a speaker, eat snacks and get to know each other on a deeper level. The group meets twice a month, look for signs hanging up at the high school for the next meeting’s location. Contact Eric Shafer or Lexi Shafer for more information.
FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America)
Contact Kathy Comstock for more information
The Johnston Fencing Club is a group of students who learn the basics of Epee fencing. Members are instructed in proper footwork and fencing technique by trained coaches. Members are also invited to tournaments in the area as well as Des Moines Fencing Club functions. Meetings are Wednesdays after school at the Johnston High School. Open to any skill level - from no experience to advanced. Contact Adam Paulson or RJ Lesch for more information.
Film Club meets once a week - Thursdays from 3-4pm. We write, film and view our creations. Contact Sarah Moore for more information.
An organization to supplement and enhance the experience of students who are enrolled in French class. Meets twice a month to enjoy French food, French games or a movie. Contact Mary Moermond for more information.
(GSA) GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
GSA is an organization open to all 10-12 grade students. The purpose of this group is to promote awareness and educate our campus and community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultures. We encourage acceptance, tolerance, and self-pride within our community through community involvement. We also provide support for all students on campus. Meet every other Thursday morning at JHS.
Contact Ed Walker or Stephanie Guthrie for more information.
Once a month, Student Council organizes a fun Sunday afternoon of intramural sports (dodgeball, ping pong, soccer, volleyball, tennis, 3v3 basketball and others). Watch for signs around the building for sign-up opportunities. Contact Chris Beguhn for more information.
HYPERSTREAM (Formerly IT Adventures)
Students interested in technology join Hyperstream to explore choice venues: is a club will involve cyber defense and game design. Contact Ann Wiley for more information.
JUNIOR - SENIOR BOARD
Sophomores can apply at the end of sophomore year. Group plans Senior Salute and Senior Recognition Night. Meeting times vary throughout the school year. Meetings are more frequent closer to events. Contact Liz Johnson or Emily Kenny for more information.
Knowledge Bowl is a one-time event in October. It is a team test about random school knowledge, taken on a computer in the school with a team of five students. Strong performance earns the right to play other schools in regional finals. Contact Sue Cline for more information.
LARGE GROUP SPEECH
Students can participate in different events such as Group Improvisation, Ensemble Acting, Radio Broadcasting, Choral Reading, Readers' Theater, Music Theater, Mime and Short Film. Practices begin in November and are determined by each group's practice needs. Competitions will be held in January and February. Contact Brenda Smrdel for more information.
The Math Club meets once a week to work on problem solving techniques and challenging math problems. If you have a love of math and a desire to get better at math, then this is the club for you. We go to about 3-4 competitions a year, which are optional. Contact Julie Probst for more information.
MARINE BIOLOGY SUMMER TRIP
Each summer, a group of Johnston High School students travels to Baja, Mexico on a marine biology/environmental science field trip to go snorkelling and learn about the marine and desert biomes of the area. Any student attending Johnston High School is eligible to participate in the program. Contact Kyla Burns for more information
Mock Trial runs from late December to early March and requires multiple meetings each week, arranged by each individual team. Students must prepare as an attorney and/or witness to role play a hypothetical court case against another team. Very demanding, but invigorating for those who enjoy it. We have consistently had multiple teams qualify for state competition. Contact Sue Cline for more information
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
This organization, which is affiliated with the national organization, is service oriented. It recognizes our top students and provides an opportunity for them to serve others.
Contact Isaac Rodenberg if you have any questions. More info about NHS.
The newspaper staff produces the Black & White on-line and hard copy edition. Contact Leslie Shipp for more information.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB - New Website
The Photography Club meets the first Wednesday of each month. after school in studio 302. Students present their own photographs and a member always presents the contributions of a master photographyer. We take field trips and sponsor a trip to Minneapolis each spring and perform charitable acts for the community. This year we sponsored an exhibition and student competition. Members can run for the office of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and public relations positions which are held for the duration of the school year. Contact Dan Weiss for more information.
Committe members earn prom tickets by planning and decorating for prom. Meetings started in December. Meetings are every Thursday after school at 3:00. Contact Kyla Burns for more information
Students may try out for science bowl by taking a series of science tests. Selected teams compete in the regional science bowl in Iowa State with the possibility of moving on to nationals in Washington, DC. Contact Kyla Burns for more information.
The speech team is open to students in grades 10-12. JHS is a member of the IHSSA (Iowa High School Speech Association) and compete at numerous tournaments during first semester and attend the district, state and all-state competitions during second semester. We have numerous events that students may compete in such as impromptu, public address, improvisation, persuasive, dramatic acting,humorous acting, etc.
Contact Kelly Thompson for more information
Spanish Club is an organization to supplement and enhance the experience of both students enrolled in Spanish and also for those who are not. Special emphasis is placed on learning more about Spanish speaking countries through cultural activities. Contact Angie Koob for more information
The goal of the Student Council is to make JHS a better place to go to school. Student Council meets once a week on Tuesday mornings.Students involved are responsible for planning activities throughout the year for the student body. Some of the activities are: Homecoming week activities, Big Give, Blood Drive, Spring Fling, Canned Food Drive. Contact Chris Beguhn for more information.
TSA (Technology Student Association)
The Johnston High School Chapter of the Technology Student Association, known as TSA, is available to any high school student who wishes to explore technology. It is an extra-curricular activity that meets outside of the normal school day. There is a wide variety of events that involve numerous ways of incorporating today's technology. They range from computer graphics, video production and radio controlled vehicles to architectural drafting and projects built by the students. These events involve the members in competition at the local, state and national levels. Meetings are arranged around student's needs and are conducted by the members. Students may join TSA at any time during their high school enrollment. Contact Mitch Eagles for more information.
Contact Leslie Shipp for more information.