JHS Weekly Newsletter


2x State Champion••Jacob Helgeson

Congratulations to 

 Wrestling’s Caden Leonard and Kolby Gibbons for both achieving a 7th place podium finish at state! In 150, Caden won 10-6 this morning over Jake Pontier of Indianola. In 190, Kolby defeated Isaac Thacher of Fort Madison, 3-1

The JHS/DCG High School Bowling Club finishes 4th in the state as a team! Congratulations! Two of our bowlers compete in the individual portion of the 2024 Iowa High School Bowling Championships!

All conference recognition came out today.  Congratulations to Aili, Aaliyah, Amani, and Jenica on all 4 making 1st Team All CIML.

The school board tonight recognized JHS junior Jacob Helgeson for being Johnston’s first two-time state champion in wrestling! Jacob won the state championship in Class 3A, 165 lbs at the 2024 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships. Jacob ends the season 34-1 and reached his 100th career win in January while at a tournament in Marshalltown. He was one of three Johnston wrestlers who made the podium at state this year, along with teammates Caden Leonard and Kolby Gibbons, who placed 7th in 150 and 190 lbs. This is the second state wrestling championship for Jacob. Last year, he was the Class 3A state wrestling champion in the 152 lb weight class. The
 Wrestling program is led by Head Varsity Coach Aaron Tecklenburg. Congratulations! 
Eleven students on the JHS and JMS Science Olympiad teams on Saturday competed at the Mount Vernon Invitational, part of a nationwide academic competition where students compete in 23 events that include earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. Our students did great! Results are as follows: Can’t judge a powder – 2nd (JMS) Codebusters – 2nd (JMS) Ecology – 1st (JHS) Fermi question – 1st (JHS) Forensics – 2nd (JHS) Forestry – 1st (JHS) Geologic mapping – 1st (JHS) Write it, do it – 3rd (JHS) Students participating: Liam Dickson, Joanna Foo, Sree Bethanapalli, Kovidh Talluri and Syon Aggarwal from JMS; and Siddarth Rajkumar, Sarah Watkins, Celia DiNitto, Sydney Maule, Marissa Randall, and Kaylee Jones from JHS.  Students were accompanied by science teachers Sean Robbins and Adrianne Herbert. Over 7,800 middle school and high school teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year in Science Olympiad, designed to increase students’ interest in STEM fields and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in team events. Students in Science Olympiad can advance from regional to state and national levels.
Johnston show choirs had a great day at the Davenport Central Great River Show Choir Invitational! In the finals, Innovation was named the Grand Champions and Synergy took 2nd Runner Up! During the day, Bella Voce placed 1st in the Treble Division and Synergy Placed 1st in the Prep Division. Congratulations!! 
JHS Junior, Aubrey O’Leary sang the National Anthem at State Wrestling this morning! Congrats on being selected for this honor! ❤️
Mid-Winter Band Concert  
Johnston is among 20 school districts at the Iowa State Capitol today for Day on the Hill! The collaborative event by the Iowa Association of School Boards, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies and the School Administrators of Iowa is showcasing some of the innovative programs and amazing things that we are doing! 
Our boys 
 Wrestling team  wins the District Championship today and 12 wrestlers qualify for state, including seven who are District Champions for their weight class! State qualifiers are: 113 Ethan Huebbe120 Isaiah Madison 126 Shandrel Thompson 132 Owen Gilbert 138 Carson Cornwell 144 Parker Casey 150 Caden Leonard165 Jacob Helgeson175 Braden Blackorby190 Kolby Gibbons215 Mason Roethler285 Nick Darling
Nikolay Silkin goes 49.40 in the 100 free for a lifetime best swim and 21.91 in the 50 Free at State for a lifetime best swim!
Maxwell Deacon has a lifetime best in the 100 fly going 52.46!!
Congratulations to the 400 free relay team of Jack Meyer, Maanit Sheth, Max Deacon and Nikolay Silkin on their 15th place finish!  The team finished in 25th place overall.  Congratulations guys!!!
The Dragons went 1:39.39 for a 15th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay!  Way to go!!!  Everyone had best times!
Great news coming from Central Conference Bowling Meet this week! Among seven schools, Johnston boys captured 3rd in team bowling. Girls took 5th. In the individual competition, Maria Wilcox (Johnston) took 5th among girls. For boys, Zach Moorman (Johnston) took 16th. and Keiden Cowell (Johnston) 5th. Roman Boley (DCG) placed 2nd and Caden Klug (DCG) 1st. Qualification for state will be determined next Monday (girls) and Tuesday (boys) at Districts in Waterloo.  JHS/DCG High School Bowling Club
Johnston’s Cantus performed at the MidWest American Choral Directors Association (MWACDA) Convention at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha today. Congratulations!!
Congratulations to five JHS students who were today named finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program! They are: Peyton Brown, Owen Ferguson, Siddarth Rajkumar, Maanit Sheth and Anthony Wang. These seniors will compete for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million. Read more: http://johnstoncsd.org/news/2024/02/2024-national-merit-finalists/
Dragons finish off their 2 undefeated regular season in 3 years with the win tonight.
ESPN ranks Johnston #20 in the nation in the recent rankings  The Dragons are currently 20-0 on the season in Class 5A   GO DRAGONS!!!
Six JHS seniors signed their intent to play sports in college on National Letter of Intent (NLI) and National Signing Day! Madi Pospeshil will play softball at Simpson College. Anthony Kiatamba will play football for Ellsworth Community College. Taye Proctor will play football at Drake University. Maxwell Deacon will swim for Coe College. Josh Kerber will play football at St. Olaf College. And Dalen Houston will play football at Iowa Central. Congratulations!
The Year-End Showcase was a success!
Next stop:
NATIONALS in Orlando, Florida!
JHS student Kathir Kalyanaraman was recently honored by the Johnston mayor and city council for his outstanding community service!  With his his @tgiftfoundation he dedicated himself to distributing hundreds of laptop computers and handheld electronic devices to refugees and other immigrants in Iowa. #JohnstonServes
Johnston students and staff who are leaders in the Technology Student Association (TSA) were at the Iowa Capitol today for Career and Technical Education Day! —Maanit Sheth – State President —Paige Lehman – State Treasurer —Advik Bajpai – State Secretary —Rhys South – State Executive Director for TSA and Johnston TSA adviser  by Deb Davis, school board member
The 21st annual Dragon Scholarship Fund Auction represents our flagship fundraising event for the current year. This year’s auction will be held online only, starting on February 25 and ends on March 2. This is our largest fundraiser and all proceeds support financial assistance to the Senior class for their education beyond high school. We have an extensive collection of over 100 packages. These packages are not restricted to residents of Johnston, as we have sourced offerings from various locations within the metropolitan area, extending as far as Omaha and Kansas City. Register now for a chance to view packages and add your favorites. More details can be found on our website https://dragonsf.org/auction-1 or https://dsfauction2024.ggo.id/bidding/package-browse.
Two Johnston students qualified for nationals in speech and debate! Ella Devine in Dramatic Interpretation and Advik Bajpai in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Congratulations to both of them and all the students who made the finals!
Superintendent Dr. Nikki Roorda and school board members Clint Evans, Lya Williams and Deb Davis were among those helping Johnston IJAG students practice with mock interviews this week! Thanks to them and to Jyll Johnson Miner, Bob Devens, Instructional Coach Sarah Howe, iJAG manager Caitlin Snodgrass, Lindsey Gannon, Sarah Love, Jenny Palmer, Jenn Whitted, Lisa Noe and Kenya Pruitt for volunteering their time to help our students practice their interview and phone skills! 


hosted its Winter Olympics this week! Looks like fun was had by all!  by Ena Basic



Attention all 10th and 11th graders.  Do you want to attend the Iowa Youth Institute sponsored by Iowa State University and World Food Prize Foundation.    Students who are interested in attending will research a global challenge related to food security and write a simple research paper.  All students that submit a paper will get to attend the Iowa Youth Institute and will be in the running for scholarships, qualifying for the Global Youth Institute and be eligible for international internships.

More information about the opportunity can be found in this Global Challenge informational document .  We will work with any interested students to complete the research and submit the paper. Email Ms. Howe sara.howe@johnston.k12.ia.us or Ms. Nsereko noreen.nsereko@johnston.k12.ia.us if you are interested in participating.







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