The Black & White

Construction of new high school making headway

The construction of the new high school on 100th street is making progress. So far, the contractors and crew have run into no major issues and expect the building to be finished in spring of 2017.

Hannah Crooks, Feature Editor

November 6, 2015

After several months of construction, the new high school is expected to be completely enclosed in about four weeks. “Iowa winters are not always kind,” principal Ryan Woods said. “If they get it enclosed, that will allow them to do a lot of indoor stuff during the winter months. When spring comes,...

The quiet champion

Junior Lexi Horner dives into the water for the 100 yard breaststroke at the Johnston Invitational Oct. 10. She placed first in the event with a time of 1:07.47 minutes, Horner has broken multiple school records and obtained all 14 honor times.

Hannah Crooks

October 22, 2015

Junior Lexi Horner broke the school record for the 100 yard breaststroke Sept. 15, with a time of 1:06.64 minutes. The previous record was from 2012, held by Carmen Vajgrt. Horner does not let any time go to waste in practice or in races. "During the race, I just tell myself that every second counts...

“The Lion King” wows visually, not musically

Hannah Crooks, Staff Writer

May 12, 2015

The last time I saw "The Lion King" at the Civic Center, I was 12-years-old. I thought it was the most amazing show I’d ever seen, even though a tall, elderly man had sat directly in front of me, blocking a portion of my view. Going in to the show 5 years later, having seen my fair share of musicals...

High school students connect with kids at KTC

Senior Sam Wilkinson pushes two girls on the swings at the Lawson Elementary School playground during her shift at Kids/Teen Connection (KTC). Wilkinson has been working at KTC since September 2014 and thoroughly enjoys building relationships with the kids she works with.

Hannah Crooks, Staff Writer

April 21, 2015

Every day, senior Sam Wilkinson faces new adventures in her job at Kids/Teen Connection (KTC) at Lawson Elementary School. "It's just so funny because the kids are so honest," Wilkinson said. "When I dyed my hair, one of the little girls told me she didn't like it. I said, 'If you have nothing nice to...

Mock trial teams advance to state

Mock trial team, Incendio, competes at the district run-off mock trial competition March 10. The team advanced to state and received sixth place, along with four individual outstanding attorney/witness awards. Four other Johnston teams moved on to the state competition as well.

Hannah Crooks, Staff Writer

April 2, 2015

Mock trial team, Incendio, was filled with elated pride when they found out they would be moving on to the state mock trial tournament. "If I had to narrow it down to one moment, it was when we heard that the team would be advancing out of regionals and on to the state tournament," Incendio mock trial...

One in 1500: Tallie Kerr

Sophomore Tallie Kerr works on an assignment in Integrated Language Arts (ILA) while watching a video about Nazi Germany in class. Kerr is a dedicated to her studies and is known by friends and family as being hard-working, funny and outgoing.

Hannah Crooks, Staff Writer

March 5, 2015

Two years ago, sophomore Tallie Kerr and close friend, sophomore Maddie Mehls took a church trip to Valleyfair, an amusement park in Minnesota. They stayed overnight in a hotel and had intended to turn in for the night around 10:00 p.m., but ended up staying awake until 4:00 in the morning, giggling...