The Black & White

State inspections find district’s buses relatively safe

State inspections find district’s buses relatively safe

Matthew Berry, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

According to public records, of the 78 buses in the district inspected by the state during the first semester in 2013, five had severe violations that required them to be taken off the road for repairs immediately. State inspectors found 82 minor violations (30-day repair), or about one violation per...

Wrestlers qualify for state dual tournament, send nine to individual state

Wrestlers qualify for state dual tournament, send nine to individual state

Carly Kinning, Online Editor-in-chief

February 17, 2015

The varsity wrestling team won the district 3A tournament at Waukee High School Feb. 14. Nine wrestlers, a school record for most individuals sent to state, qualified for the state tournament, held at Wells Fargo Arena Feb. 19-21. The team will also be competing in the state dual tournament Feb 18....

Large speech team attends state competition

Large speech team attends state competition

Esmeralda Flores, Staff Writer

February 17, 2015

The large speech team made it past districts Jan. 24 where they received a division one rating from their district judge. They then moved on to state which was held Feb. 7 at Valley High School. The five categories that are within large speech categories that were sent to state were short film, reader's...

Student Council focuses on mental health during The Big Give

Student Council focuses on mental health during The Big Give

Kitarrah Mangra-Dutcher, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015

Mental Health Trainings Mental health and well-being is not something that many people talk about, yet during recent years mental health trainings for teachers in the district have increased. "In the last five years there has been more attention paid to it then there had been in the past," teacher S...

Missing ACT tests found at grocery store, draws criticism

Missing ACT tests found at grocery store, draws criticism

Anne Rogers, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2015

Senior Nolan Wengert had been holding off his college decision until he got his ACT test score back, in order to see which school would award him the most money in scholarships. When the ACT organization notified Wengert that they had lost his, along with 194 of his peers' tests, he was frustrated about...

Show choirs take home first place in competitions

Show choirs take home first place in competitions

Olivia White, Staff Writer

January 29, 2015

The prep and varsity show choirs, Synergy and Innovation, both took home first place Jan. 10 at their first competition of the season in Cedar Rapids, IA. "Hearing 'Johnston Innovation' being named as grand champions is something I will never forget," Innovation member, junior Sami Schaer said. Along...