From the Principal’s Desk

April 15, 2019

Congratulations to Daniel Ruether-Affor and Rebecca Bryan for earning the National Speech and Debate Association’s Academic All American award. This tremendous accomplishment places them in the top one-percent of all student members across the country.

April 8, 2019

Congratulations to our students that are the recipients of the MUS Scholarship: Claire Benedetti, Aidan Brus, Lorelei Keith, Aidan Morris, Carson Putnam, Paul Schuele, Coby Sena, Elena Skibicki, Amelia Stoner, and Treg Wolstein.

Congratulations to our recipients of the Montana National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Contest. They are – Jenna Bingham and Alyson Rake. Audrey Senecal and Laural Maronick were Honorable Mention and Sonja Severtson was a National Certificate of Distinction recipient.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to promote the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

In addition, Mrs. Buffy Smith was recognized for the educator award. Buffy was also selected as the winner of the 2019 NCWIT National Educator Award. Congratulations!

Parent Link meeting 

Parents – this is your opportunity to meet and talk with Principal Thennis. These meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at noon in the Helena High School Library. This is your time to get to know Helena High school and get answers from me – the Principal. 

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball team after they captured their 3rd consecutive State Championship. Great season and tournament run by our girls. Congratulations to Coach Peterson and his staff.


Congratulations to Senior Jamie Pickens. Jamie was selected for the second time as the Gatorade Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the State of Montana. The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes the nation’s most elite high school athletes not only for athletic excellence, but also for high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.


Here are a couple of great articles and interviews about our Mock Trial team:

Helena-area students prepare for court in mock trial team

HELENA – Judge Menahan’s court room in Helena was busy Thursday night, but this time no one is facing jail time. No one real at least.

March 4, 2019

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls basketball teams as they both punched their tickets to state next week in Butte, America.

Congratulations to Dan Ruether–Affor! Dan was selected for the Montana World Schools Debate team and he will be representing Montana at Nationals.

Thanks to our Welding students for some great community outreach programs.

February 18, 2019

The HHS MOCK TRIAL TEAM swept the Eastern Idaho Regional Competition on  February 9th in Pocatello.

1st PLACE – HHS A TEAM: Aurora Boutin, Nicole Stine, Morgan Hill, Dakota Franklin, Ivan Kloberdanz, and Grace Johnson

2nd PLACE – HHS C TEAM: Alack Rosman, Silas Beebe, Emmi Highness, Naomi Sweeney, Emily Stephenson, Skyla Evans, Meghan Rake, Mikayla McLaughlin

3rd PLACE – HHS B TEAM: Isaac Nehrin, Sage Eck-Miller, Kumi Rose, Kendall Schlosser, Lauren Irwin, Welma Mansfield, and Hailey Brewer

The A TEAM will advance to the IDAHO STATE competition March 13-15th.

Great job by the HHS community in its effort to support Special Olympics. HHS was the top school for fundraising. We raised $3,063 for the event. Thanks to Brian Kessler for organizing the HHS Breakfast Club.

February 11, 2019
So many things to celebrate about our kids, teachers, and coaches!!!

600 nominees across the US for the Presidential Scholars. Included in this group, Aidan Morris, Benjamin Ries – Roncalli, and Elena Skibicki. There will be 160 finalist selected.

Congratulations to Mrs. Linda Paul for her recognition from SHAPE MT.

Congratulations to Treven Maharg as a Montana finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Service Recognition.

Congratulations to our HHS Thespian Troupe and their recognition at the recent State Festival in Missoula.

Helena High Troupe #745 Was awarded: “Outstanding Comedy” for “Lawyer.” Auriana Kent “Outstanding Student Director – Comedy” for “Lawyer,” Sara Betz – “Outstanding Student Playwright” for “Lawyer”, Torin Trout – “Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy” Christopher Duffy and the technical Crew were awarded – “Outstanding Set,” Sarah Sizemore and the costume crew “Outstanding Costumes.”  Sarah Sizemore won a $750.00 merit Scholarship from the University of Montana Drama Dance Department, and Megan Cuddy and Torin Trout won $500 Merit Scholarships from the University of Montana Drama Dance Department. Great picture attached! Thanks to Rob Holter for his guidance.

State Wrestling
Congratulations to 160 lb. State Champion Devin Crawford!
Congratulations also to Isaac Romero’s state runner-up finish.
Thanks to Coach Sam Bogard and his staff.

Congratulations to our Boys Swim Team, capturing the 3rd place trophy this weekend in Bozeman.
State Champs include:
Rob Wagner in the 100 M Butterfly
Parker Keller in the 100 M Breastroke

Other placer winners include:
Robert Wagner, Parker Keller, Christion Goetsch, Jesse Mace. 2nd place in the 200 Yd Medley Relay.
Roberts Wagner, 2nd place, 100 yd backstroke.
Franny Redpath. 4th place in the 200 IM, 2nd place 100 yd butterfly
Christion Goetsch, 2nd place in the 200 yd freestyle. 2nd place in the 500 yd freestyle.
Parker Keller, 3rd place in the 200 IM
Quade Oser, 3rd place in the 100 yd breastroke.

Here are the school records that were broke this weekend at the state meet:
Boys 200 MR  1:39.71  (was 1:45.72) Rob Wagner, Parker Keller, Christion Goetsch, Jesse Mace
Boys 100 fly  52.89  (was 53.97)  Rob Wagner
Boys 100 back  53.87  (was 55.37) Rob Wagner
Boys 100 breast  58.60  (was 1:01.11)  Parker Keller
Thanks to Coach Julie Youngblood and her staff.

January 22, 2019

Congratulations to our HHS students that competed in last weeks crosstown Weld-off.

1st place from HHS consisted of Byren Stoner, Tessa Wood, Taylor Lawrence, and Jack Strong
2nd place team, from CHS consisted of Kolton Metz, Lucas Trefzger, Tent Grande, and Dustin Knutson
3rd Place from CHS consisted of  Dillon Ostberg, Colin Beatty, Garrett St. Clair, and Jesse Mace
4th Place from HHS consisted of  Kyler Nelson, Elizabeth Black, Sean Isaacson, and Isaiah McLellen

December 17, 2018
Congratulations to Mr. Rob Loveridge for being recognized as the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Regional Educator of the year. Rob’s name has now been submitted for State recognition.

December 3, 2018
Congratulations to Emma Ackerman as she qualified to represent Helena High School in the All-Northwest Choir. We appreciate Molly Steele for her guidance with these students.

November 26, 2018

Congratulations to the HHS Science Olympiad team. The HHS team finished in third place out of a field of 57 teams!
Individual categories winners include:

  • First place in Fossils–Heath Caldwell and Alyssa Plant
  • First place in Dynamic Planet (Glaciers)–Heath Caldwell and Alyssa Plant
  • First place in GeoLogic Mapping–Heath Caldwell and Owen Petersen
  • First place in Water Quality–Carson Putnam and Avery Skibicki

November 19, 2018

Great news from our Orchestra program. Congratulations to Sonja Severtson, Celia Quintana, Lenny Triem and Fischer Friend. These students were selected to the All-Northwest Orchestra. Students were selected out of more than 5000 qualifiers and will participate with the All-Northwest Orchestra in February in Portland. Congratulations to Mr. Harris and our students.

November 5, 2018

Today, Wendy’s® announces the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winners.  From a total applicant pool of nearly 42,000 high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2019, more than 7,500 have been named School Winners in Wendy’s annual scholarship competition.

Congratulations to senior Connor Murgel for being selected as a finalist for Montana Wendy’s High School Heisman.

School Winners will continue to compete for the chance to become State Finalists, State Winners, National Finalists or National Winners. State Winners receive a $500 college scholarship, National Finalists receive a $1,000 college scholarship and the male and female National Winners receive a $5,000 college scholarship and trip to New York City to attend the Heisman Trophy Trust’s annual college Heisman award broadcast on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

October 22, 2018

Congratulations to the following HHS students that were selected to the 2018 MMEA All-State Orchestra:  Owen Cleary, Morgan Oie, Celia Quintana, Alyson Rake, Sonja Severtson, Lenny Triem. Thanks to Zach Harris and his dedication and leadership with this group!

Congratulations to the Women’s Cross Country team. Ladies finished in 4th place at this weekends State Cross Country meet in Missoula. HHS had 3 finishers in the top 20 and Freshman Kylie Hartnett finished 7th and is All-State. Thanks for your efforts coach Paull! Great season!

October 1, 2018
Congratulations to Ginny Kerr (8th) and Reyla Williams (12th) as they qualified for All-State during last week’s State Golf Tournament in Butte. Girls finished 4th and boys team finished 7th.

September 17, 2018

National Merit Scholarship Program have released the long awaited National Merit Semifinalist list 2019 and that of the Finalist List 2019.  High School Winners get $2,500 each to Study in USA.  The National Merit Scholarship Program is a Scholarship and Competionhave your which Started since 1955.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is designed for High School Students in the United States of America.  Students enter the Competition  with their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)

This Documet is the first screening requirement for approximately 1.6  million people every year. Names of students whose PSAT scores are high enough can keep them in the race for the scholarship award .

Congratulations to our Helena High School 2019 National Merit Semifinalists:
Aurora Boutin
Aidan Morris
Ben Ries-Roncalli
Sonja Severtson
Elena Skibicki

Helena IR – September 13, 2018

Helena High boys soccer coach Carl Straub wins 200th game

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