April 2 Commendations

Good News Roundup

No April Fool’s jokes here – our Dragons are excelling in their extracurricular activities. If you have group or individual commendations, please send them to Laura Sprague, JCSD Director of Communications. The following commendations and photos were submitted by parents and/or coaches and are not meant to be all-inclusive of every student activity taking place.

National History Day District Competition

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the district National History Day competition this weekend! Students from Summit, JMS, and JHS made a great showing, resulting in 18 Johnston projects selected to compete at the state competition on April 30!

State Mock Trial Honors

Congratulations to the three Johnston teams who competed at the State high school mock trial competition! Team Code Purple, Meet the Mockers, and Big Mock Candy Mountain all competed on March 26-28th. The Johnston teams received the following awards:

  • Team Meet the Mockers received the Anthony Critelli award for Sportsmanship, Civility, and Courtroom Decorum
  • Team Big Mock Candy Mountain competed in the final round for the state championship and received runner-up
  • Prakhyath Bujimalla received an award for Outstanding Attorney

Congratulations to all the teams for a great mock trial season!

JMS Students Awarded by JPD

Three Johnston Middle School students received an “Honesty Award” from School Resource Officer Bryan Townes and Principal Brent Riessen. Two of the recipients, William Scott and Ryan Vandenover, found a wallet in a restroom with cash. Instead of pocketing the money they took it to the office to be returned to the rightful owner. William and Ryan were recognized from Officer Townes and Principal Riessen for their honestly and act of kindness. Ava O’Brien also received an “Honesty Award” because she found cash on the floor and also took it to the office.

These acts of kindness was appreciated not only by those who lost the wallet and cash, but also the principal and SRO. Doing the right thing not only made these students feel good, but they were recognized for it and it shows their peers that doing the right thing is always the “right thing to do.”

JHS Senior Completes IA Capitol Page Internship

Johnston High School senior Jack Lucas is interning as the office page for Majority Leader Chris Hagenow at the Iowa Capitol. Recently, Jack wrote about his experiences and duties as an office page and how these will translate to his future career aspirations. You can read more here.

Thanks for being a great representative of our school district, Jack!

JCSD Ranked #1 by Backgroundchecks.org

The online site Backgroundchecks.org has ranked the Johnston Community School District as the top school district in Iowa, according to their most recent poll. Their methodology includes student performance data (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.