Commendations for the week of April 30

Shine on, Dragons

As the spring sun shines, so do our Dragons in all they do. 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.

Drake Relays

The Dragon track and field teams competed at the Drake Relays April 26-28 in Des Moines. A mix of girls and boys individuals and teams put forth their best against top-notch student athletes from the across the state. Congratulations to our Dragons and their coaches on jobs well done!

Beaver Creek Gives Back

Student Council members from Beaver Creek Elementary collected and dropped off more than 340 various supplies from their Animal Rescue League supply drive. Students were then able to take a tour of the ARL facility to see how their service project helped animals in need. Way to go, Beaver Creek students!

Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to JHS senior and student Board of Education member Jimmy Le, honored by Gov. Kim Reynolds and LT. Gov Adam Gregg during the IHSSA Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony.

JHS senior Gywnna Miner has been awarded a 2018 UICCU Give & Grow Scholarship Program. The program emphasizes the importance of giving back to our communities through volunteer hours and contributions to charities. UICCU has awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to each of six recipients. In addition, UICCU will donate $1,000 to the charity of the scholarship winner’s choice. Gywnna has elected to donate to the JHS Best Buddies program, which she has been heavily involved with throughout high school.

In celebration of youth contributions through service, central Iowa students were presented with the Governor’s “What’s Your 50?” award for volunteering 50+ hours of time to their communities during the past year. Half of the award recipients had contributed over 100 hours to their community. Among the 20 metro-area recipients, two are from Johnston High School. Congratulations to Kara Fagan and Keenan McCann! Community Youth Concepts is a Des Moines-based nonprofit whose vision is to create an Iowa where all youth have access to high quality opportunities that prepare them for success in school, work and life.

JHS Science Club

Over the weekend of April 28-29, the JHS Science Club competed at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. Their trip was funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Energy. While in D.C., the team was able to meet Senator Joni Ernst and Congressman David Young and see many of the famous sights.

This is the first time Johnston has had a team compete at the National Science Bowl. They competed well and earned two wins in the round-robin tournament, but did not qualify for the double elimination part of the competition. The team is coached by Sara Kate Howe and Kyla Burns. Congratulations to our JHS Science Bowl team for their outstanding efforts and great representation of Iowa!