Top Stories of 2012: Schools
Here are the school stories that got the most hits this year.
JohnstonPatch was the first local news outlet to post the bus routes for Johnston schools — and the only one to have them online — a week before the start of school. Parents responded by viewing and downloading them enough to push the bus routes to the top of the chart of most-read school stories.
When two 18-year-olds were accused of driving over the fields at the town's soccer complex in March, one of the questions that arose was whether Raymond Zinno, then a student at Johnston High School, would face school sanctions. Answer: No. And most people responding to a poll agreed with that decision.
Follow-up: Zinno and Costanzo Caparrelli later pleaded no contest to vandalizing the fields and agreed to pay $6,500 each in restitution.
This year marked the 50th Johnston High School graduating class, and our coverage of commencement — including the senior class prank of leaving a boat [?!] in front of the school and burying plastic spoons in the grass — got lots of clicks.
We also had lots of photos provided by graduates and their families, and posted a special video from the special night.
Near the end of the year, after NBC10 reported on a Johnston mom whose son was the apparent victim of bullying at Ferri Middle School, we asked our readers to discuss the topic.
Next to graduation, Homecoming is arguably the most popular event at Johnston High School — and our readers showed it by clicking on our coverage of the 2012 celebration. We also held our own "Best Float" contest — which the Class of 2014 won.