The Black & White

The blank walls of Johnston High

The blank walls of Johnston High

Austin Busch, Staff Writer

May 14, 2013

The blank school walls are pretty outdated. Our most current mural still features McCain as a presidential hopeful. There’s been another election since, our history textbooks have caught up, and yet there still aren’t any new designs. Our school has more murals faded into the stadium's pavement an...

Senior band members perform at final concert

Junior Abby Dockum plays clarinet along with the wind symphony during their spring concert on May 7.

Austin Busch, Staff Writer

May 9, 2013

Seniors had their last band concert on Tuesday, May 7. Each senior was recognized, scholarships and other awards were presented, and the concert band and wind symphony both performed. Listen to an excerpt from each band's set below: Concert Band performs the 3rd Movement of "Celtic Dances" on May 7. Wind Symphony performs "Danse Diabolique" on May 7, to...

Syndicate at State Jazz

Sophomore Tim Zuo plays the alto sax during an improvised solo on

Austin Busch, Staff Writer

April 19, 2013

Jazz Syndicate performed in the morning of April 18 at the Iowa Jazz Championships. Their performance received 7th place, out of 15 bands. Outstanding solos were also recognized for sophomores Tim Zou and Shane Burgess, and seniors Vivian Wu, Alex Kaptain, and Austin Busch.   Listen to Synd...

Innovation declines invitation to FAME Chicago

Austin Busch, Staff Writer

April 15, 2013

Varsity show choir Innovation eventually decided not to go to FAME Chicago, as at least 10 members would not have been able to attend due to prior conflicts. Innovation received second place at FAME Branson on Saturday, March 29, which qualified them for a position in the national finals event in Chicago...

The writer’s tale – Hannah Wiles’ excerpt

The writer's tale - Hannah Wiles' excerpt

April 11, 2013

Excerpt from The River of Sorrel It was one of those days where the world was suspended between two skies. Above, unbound from any word, syllable, or description was a sky that made every blue - cerulean - indigo - cyan - navy, perfectly green with envy. Under the influence of a flat calm, the lake bec...

The writer’s tale – Andrew Mills’ poetry

The writer's tale - Andrew Mills' poetry

April 11, 2013

Hear junior Andrew Mills perform his "My Voice" at a poetry slam night at Java Joe's. My Voice So I have a loud voice. I can't help that it booms across rooms and shatters soft sensitive silences like so many slammin’ stereos and when I get excited people are like, oh no, here he goes, like someo...