Dragon Nation Commendations for the weeks of April 9 and 16

Hard working Dragons

Our students were at it again over the weeks of April 9 and 16, racking up accolades across the state. Many of the commendations come from our academic teams/organizations as they enter their state competition season. Congratulations to these students and coaches on their accomplishments! 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.

Johnston Odyssey of the Mind

Johnston Odyssey of the Mind sent six teams to compete at the state tournament on Saturday, April 7.  Five teams were selected to compete at the world tournament May 23-27 at Iowa State University.  Congratulations to the teams from Johnston High School, Summit Middle School, a combined elementary team from Horizon/Timber Ridge/Des Moines Christian, and a combined elementary team from Beaver Creek/Des Moines Christian.

Johnston Odyssey of the Mind continues to excel at state and world-wide competitions. The Johnston OM teams are coordinated by Julie Koch and each team is coached by community volunteers, including Kate Safris, Jill Sterling, Carolyn Miner, Jeanine Mixdorf,  Laura Olsen, Bryan Burkhardt, Kacie Sires, Jodi Pieper.

Science Olympiad Teams

Congratulations to the Johnston High School and Johnston Middle School Science Olympiad Teams for their success at the State Competition over the weekend of April 7-8.

Five high school teams and four middle schools teams each made up of 15 students competed in 23 events with topics from all across the science and engineering fields. Johnston brought more teams than any other school in the state!

High school teams brought home top 3 finishes in 17 of the 23 events and had a team place 3rd overall. The ninth grade team competing at the high school level against seniors, and placed first in an event and placed higher than four other teams.

Middle school teams brought home medals in nine of the 23 events and the highest placing team placed 4th in the state with all other teams placing in the top half. Students have been practicing after school since November, and their hard work has certainly paid off. Science Olympiad is coached by Liz Herzmann and Lisa Horsch.

JMS TSA State Conference

Johnston Middle School had a fantastic couple of days competing in the annual state TSA Conference. Each of the members that went and competed came home with some hardware and were pleased overall with their individual and team performances. JMS TSA is coached by Joe Huebbe.

Congratulations to these JMS team members on their hard work:

  • Chapter Team 1st Place – James Clark, Zach Corsbie, Nathaniel Skinner, Sneh Mistry, Sean Simons, and Adam Wise
  • Junior Solar Sprint 1st Place – Sneh Mistry, Nathaniel Skinner
  • Mass Production 1st Place – Andy Drafahl, Inesh Gogineni, and William Stokes
  • RC Racing 1st Place – Zach Corsbie, James Clark, and Sam Lindgren
  • Vex Robotics 1st Place – Sneh Mistry, Nathaniel Skinner, and Inesh Gogineni
  • Technology Quiz Bowl 2nd Place – Sneh Mistry, Nathaniel Skinner, and Adam Wise
  • Challenging Technology Issues 3rd Place – Sam Lindgren and Sean Simons