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Meet your Candidate: Karin Derry

October 17, 2018

Disclaimer: The Black & White does not endorse any political candidates. However, it is part of our job to report on relevant and important news, including politics. Karin Derry contacted the Black & White to do an interview. Her opponent has been contacted. "I’m Karin Derry and I’m running for the Iowa House of representatives, District 39. District 39 includes Johnston, Grimes, and...

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Books, Cookies, and Conversation

Caroline Christensen | October 11, 2018

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New parking signs in the parking lots

Kara Green, Staff Writer | September 11, 2018

On Thursday September 6th two prime parking spots on the south side of the building in the main parking lot were obstructed. The parking spaces were blocked off by two cones and a stack of large wooden planks. Ryan Woods, Johnston's principal, stated, "I believe Buildings and Grounds were installing some parking signs at that time so they were trying to keep cars away from that area."

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Countless Clubs

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer | November 16, 2018

Karshana Kalyanaraman ‘21 has always had an interest in the healthcare field. “There was nothing that really complemented anybody’s healthcare interests yet, and I thought ‘Why not share that with other people?’” Kalyanaraman said. Since then, she has created a club called Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), designed for medically inclined students to explore the healthcare field...

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Pumpkin Spice Reviews

Ashley Marsh, Staff Writer | November 12, 2018

It seems to be a trend in fall 2018 to make everything pumpkin spice flavored. Walking through the aisles in HyVee I saw everything from pumpkin spice cupcakes to pumpkin spice yogurt. I grabbed ten pumpkin spice products and decided to rank them one to ten. 10. Chobani Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt I like Yoplait yogurt and they have several unique flavors, so I thought the pumpkin spice yogurt...

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Chronic Fatigue: More Than Just Being Tired

Kylie Emery, Staff Writer | November 12, 2018

Many high school students often struggle with being tired. Balancing school, extracurriculars, home life, work, and a social life makes sleep a low priority. However, for Megan Woods ‘20 and her family, being tired is taken to a whole new level. Woods’ brother, Connor Woods ‘18, suffers from Kleine Levin Syndrome. Also known as KLS or Sleeping Beauty syndrome, this rare neurological disorder...

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Paper Vs The Big Screen

Riley Anderson, Staff Writer | November 16, 2018

Books are better than movies. Books are compared to movies and movies are compared to books, but books are often considered to be better than the movie. While it is understandable that some people just hate reading or just do not have the time to read, attempt to argue that the movie is better than the book, when they do not even know the books version of the movie.  First and foremost, books...

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We Miss The Old Kanye

Annie Culbert, Staff Writer | November 16, 2018

Kanye West. He is known for his countless hit rap songs, being married to Kim Kardashian, and starting his own clothing brand. However, he might be most well known for going on inaccurate and extremely offensive political rampages whenever he is given a platform to share his (entirely uneducated) opinions. From interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech at the 2008 VMA's to his pro-Trump babbling while wearing...

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Celebrity Influence: Beneficial for Society

Benjamin Williams, Staff Writer | November 9, 2018

On October 7th, Taylor Swift shared an Instagram post encouraging her followers to register to vote in her home state, Tennessee. Following this post, voter registration spiked in Tennessee dramatically, especially amongst 18-24 year olds, which are Swift’s key demographic. An estimated 65,000 18-24 year olds registered to vote after seeing Swift’s post.  The media has often been called the...

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Cameron DeRoos, Staff Writer | November 8, 2018

After defeating Cedar Rapids in the first round of the  playoffs the Dragons went on to face the Southeast Polk Rams in the second round. Coming into the second round of the playoffs the Dragons were 8-2 meanwhile Southeast Polk was only 5-5, that didnt stop Southeast Polk from crushing Johnston. Southeast Polk scored a touchdown in the first 4 minutes, and proceeded to score one more touchdown...

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Girls finish Second at State, Boys finish Ninth

Evan Newcomb, Sports Editor | November 6, 2018

The girls cross country team finished second at the state meet Oct. 27 in Fort Dodge. They lost in heartbreaking fashion losing by one point to champions Southeast Polk who had 79 points to their 80 points. Brooke McKee '20 got her third all-state finish and her third top five placement finishing third with a time 18:43. Aleah Tenpas '22 finished in the top ten getting ninth and earning a spot on the...

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Johnston eliminates Cedar Rapids Prairie

Cameron DeRoos, Staff Writer | November 2, 2018

In their first game of the 2018 playoffs the Dragon football team played against the Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks. Both Johnston and Cedar Rapids entered the playoffs with a regular season record of 7-2, but after the game Johnston's record comes out to be 8-2 with its losses against Dowling and Waukee. Johnston was given the 8th seed while Cedar Rapids had the 9th seed due to Johnston’s having a greater...

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina A Nightmarish Thrill Ride

Jacob Marren, Staff Writer | November 14, 2018

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” originally began as a comic series in 2014. It started as a darker take on the original “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” comics which were made as a spin-off after her first appearance in “Archie’s Funhouse”. “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” had also gotten its own animated series, live action series, and even multiple spin-off movies. “Netflix’s Chilling...

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Top Horror Movies on Netflix

Jenna Olson, Staff Writer | November 14, 2018

All year I countdown the days until October. It is socially acceptable to wear sweaters everyday, the weather cools down, and most of all, it is the perfect time of year to hide in a dark basement and watch horror movies. Personally, I have not seen very many horror movies. I find a good movie and I rewatch it religiously, but this time I decided to switch it up. I asked four different people...

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The Hate U Give, A Must See

Payton Blahut, Staff Writer | November 12, 2018

"The Hate U Give" is a New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas.  Thomas started writing the book in 2011 based off the shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009. The book was a sensation when it was first released in October 2017.Recently the movie adaptation has come out in theaters and has been a hit, with a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The story follows the life of an African American teen...

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