The Black & White

Potential lawsuit pushes association to change

Junior Maddy Bradley begins to pass an Urbandale runner during the state meet. Urbandale finished second behind Johnston by 18 points.

Myles Glandorf, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

It's common knowledge within the Iowa running community that the distance girls run shorter races than their male counterparts. However, that will change next fall. It has been decided that the cross country girls will no longer race the 4k, opting for the 5k instead. A 5k is 3.1 miles and is...

Pineapple plant finally blooms fruit

English teacher Mark Schillerstrom's pineapple plant took 10 years to bloom a fruit, rather than the normal time, which is only two years.

Myles Glandorf, Staff Writer

December 19, 2014

Walking into English teacher Mark Schillerstrom's room, one may be surprised to see that there may be just as many plants as there are students in the room. "I just don't have enough room to keep them in the house, but it also helps green (the classroom) up a little bit too," Schillerstrom said. "I'd...

515 and Not by Blood perform at same venue

515 band members hang out while discussing their music.

Myles Glandorf, Staff Writer

December 3, 2014

Two of Johnston's musical talents performed on Black Friday. 515 and Not by Blood all performed at Vaudville Mews. Not by Blood is a musical duet of juniors Grant Ganzer and Joe Thatcher. Ganzer was a recent contestant on the reality TV singing contest "The Voice." 515 is a band made up of five...

Yearbook excels at state convention

Yearbook excels at state convention

Myles Glandorf, Staff writer

November 10, 2014

The yearbook won many awards at the state journalism convention held in Iowa City Oct. 23. "They had the awards flashing on the projector screen," senior Seth Andrews said. "And we just kept seeing Johnston's name." The convention is a way for journalism departments from all around the state to go...

Four seniors become National Merit Semifinalists

Myles Glandorf, Staff Writer

October 12, 2014

Four students at the high school qualified as a National Merit Semifinalists for the 2014 year. Those students were seniors Josh Borwick, Shuda Jarboe, John Krone, and Ruchira Shekar. The National Merit Scholarship Award is a $2,000 scholarship given to a select number of students throughout the...

Juniors earn free periods

Senior Sandra Kromminga does homework during her free period. Kromminga had a free period during her junior year as well.

Myles Glandorf, Staff Writer

October 2, 2014

Instead of study halls, all seniors have late arrivals or early dismissals on their schedules. Free periods, however, are not limited to only seniors as of late. Juniors who meet certain requirements are given the opportunity to have a free period put in their schedule. "We let them arrive late, and...