The Black & White

Pack and purge

Pack and purge

Hannah Short, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017

The '16-'17 school year may be on the home stretch, but the transition into the new high school is just beginning. Possession of the new high school became official April 28. "June 2 afternoon is when school gets out," director of buildings and grounds George Smith said. "So district wide, custodians...

Johnston qualifies numerous students to nationals

Johnston qualifies numerous students to nationals

Andrew Maresca, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017

Twenty-five  students competed at the National History Day (NHD) regional competition April 8, 10  of which qualified for the national competition in Washington D.C. NHD allows students to compete through many different medias such as websites or presentations. Allie Tubbs ‘19 has qualified for national...

Students showcase their skills at senior challenge

Students showcase their skills at senior challenge

Andrew Maresca, Staff Writer

May 12, 2017

The large gym was full of shouts and laughter as senior challenge took place May 3. Senior Challenge is an opportunity for seniors to participate in nine Minute to Win it style games. There were 24 teams of 12 seniors, including a teacher sponsor. The navy team, sponsored by teacher Michael Sciurba,...

Rugby team secures second place

Rugby team secures second place

Andrew Maresca, Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

On May 1 the rugby team Placed second in a tournament consisting of ten Iowa teams. The team lost to Southeast Polk in overtime, after beating Roosevelt and Valley. JV teams from all over the state came to participate. Coached by Dave Oldham, the team is made up of 23 juniors and seniors. The team...

Financial literacy course becomes required for juniors

Financial literacy course becomes required for juniors

Edin Sehic, Sub-Opinion Editor

April 5, 2017

After much deliberation and consideration with the Iowa core education, administration decided to add financial literacy classes into the mandatory curriculum, eventually replacing the current required technology credit. This would mean that sophomores who have otherwise taken a technology credit...

Speech and debate students break school record

Speech and debate students break school record

Angela Cai, Feature Editor

February 21, 2017

A record-breaking seven speech and debate students qualified for nationals at a speech and debate competition held at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Feb. 10-11. "It shows their dedication and commitment to the activity," speech and debate coach Jeremy Fitzpatrick said. "I'm always proud of how...