From the Principal’s Desk

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Congratulations to the following students that were awarded the Montana STEM Scholarship.

Recipients from HHS are Ryan Beatty, Aaron Burke, Grace Burton, Health Caldwell, Madelyn Edwards, Eleanor Gallagher, Emily Hagengruber, Maddie Hagengruber, Sarah Hagengruber, Tara Harrington, Emma Hasquet, Dylan Hoogerheide, Alyssa Koenig, Burgin Luker, Kaleb McKay, Madelyn Murgel, Ethan Nelson, Addie Pickett, Lucas Rowsey, Alexander Roylance, Greysen Smith, Dani Stinson, Lenny Triem, Ian Uland, Reegan Walsh and Wei You.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Helena High students are winners in the Montana NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Contest: Avery Skibicki, Laurel Maronick, Aimee Wilkerson, Sierrah Paul and Brynja Severtson are this year‚Äôs winners, plus Anna Ries-Roncalli is Honorable Mention.¬†¬†To top it off, Laurel Maronick is a repeat winner from last year, and Avery Skibicki is a NATIONAL HONORABLE MENTION — a rare honor and a first for Helena High!

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA Montana State Leadership & Conference Award Winners:

Logan Eckerson: Gold Medal for Extemporaneous Speech
Luc Ronan: Gold Medal for Job Skill Demonstration and Silver Medal for Welding Sculpture
Byren Stoner: Silver Medal for Combination Welding
Nolan Bumgardner: Silver Medal for Job Skill Demonstration

Congratulations to the following students who will be offered a MUS Honor Scholarship!
(All applicants with a composite score of at least 57 and minimum ACT of 28 were selected)

Aaron Burke
Heath Caldwell
Aaron Gerhart
Tara Harrington
Emma Hasquet
Dylan Hoogerheide
Burgin Luker
Kyra Robinson
Alexander Roylance
Greysen Smith
Danielle Stinson
Joseph Triem
Soren Woodland

Ten students competed for HHS on Wednesday at the virtual State Science Olympiad hosted by MSU.  The team placed 5th overall out of 17 total schools and had 5 teams in place in the top 3.  These 6 students will receive medals.

  • 1st place:¬† Heath Caldwell and Izzy Kosena in Fossils–GOLD
  • 1st place:¬† Heath Caldwell and Robert Stimpson in GeoLogic Mapping–GOLD
  • 2nd place:¬† Jonathan DeWald and Owen Cleary in Chem Lab–SILVER
  • 3rd place:¬† Jonathan DeWald and Owen Cleary in Sounds of Music–BRONZE
  • 3rd place:¬† Heath Caldwell and Loreley Drees in Experimental Design–BRONZE

Other top-ten finishes include:

  • 4th place:¬† Avery Skibicki and Loreley Drees in Anatomy and Physiology
  • 4th place:¬† Avery Skibicki, Annika Nehring and Loreley Drees in Protein Modeling
  • 5th place:¬† Avery Skibicki and Robert Stimpson in Codebusters
  • 6th place:¬† Izzy Kosena in Helicopter
  • 6th place:¬† Gabbi Cuddy and Annika Nehring in Astronomy
  • 7th place:¬† Sandra Schuele in Water Quality

Monday, April 12, 2021

Congratulations to Tim Cuddy on earning the National Speech and Debate Association’s Academic All American award. From more than 141,000 student members, fewer than 1% of students earn the Academic All American award every year.

Congratulations once again to Claire Downing and Heath Caldwell for their continued success with their science research. Over Spring Break, they competed at the Montana Science Fair hosted by the University of Montana.¬† ¬†Heath Caldwell presented on his work ‚ÄúComparative Osteohistology within the Long Bones of Rocky Mountain Elk‚ÄĚ and won the Animal Science Award, Best Wildlife Project, and Gold Ribbon.¬† ¬†Claire Downing presented on her work ‚ÄúColonizing Bryophytes Used as a Post-Wildfire Ecosystem Stabilization Treatment in Montana‚ÄĚ and was awarded First Place Grand Award, Larry Fauque Grand Award and Silver Ribbon.¬† Claire has been invited to compete at the¬†prestigious Regeneron ISEF – International Science and Engineering Fair¬†May 3-6, 2021 via video conferencing.¬†Regeneron ISEF finalists compete for nearly $5 million in awards, prizes and scholarships.

Monday, April 5, 2021

This week is Assistant Principal’s and Paraprofessional Week. Thanks to Willie and Steph and our dedicated team of para-educators that do so much to support our students success at HHS!

Congratulations to Caitlin Matthews as she captured the 2021 State Power Lifting championship. In addition, Caitlin was named top female lifter and had the top squat and deadlift.  Congratulations to Josh Goleman as he captured the Super-heavyweight state championship. Josh set the state deadlift record with a lift of 600 lbs., breaking the old record by 25 lbs.

Congratulations to all of our Distinguished Scholars and Achievers and their selected Distinguished Educators.  Click here to see the full list.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Final information regarding the State Swim meet.
Robert Wagner’s 100 Fly was a new state record.
The State Championship Boys 200 FR consisted of: Quade Oser, Jacob Demmons, Christion Goetsch, Robert Wagner
The State Runner-up Boys 200MR consisted of: Garrett Krattiger, Ben Vince, Quade Oser, Jacob Demmons
The State Runner-up Boys 400FR consisted of: Garrett Krattiger, Jacob Demmons, Christion Goetsch, Robert Wagner

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Girls relay team members included:
Girls 200MR: Emily McAnally, Taryn Oser, Eva Hicks, Gabriella Radley
Girls 200FR: Taryn Oser, Gabriella Radley, Brinley Nielson, Eva Hicks
Girls 400FR: Emily McAnally, Chesed Hyatt, Brinley Nielson, Keyanna King

Monday, March 15, 2021

The DECA students from Helena High recently competed in the DECA Career and Development State Conference.  Congratulations to Hunter Pandis for his 2nd place finish in the Automotive Service Marketing Event and he also placed  4th in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Event.  Corbin Luce placed 6th place in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Event.  Congratulations Jessica Frazier!

Three Helena High students qualified for Speech and Debate Nationals! Jonathan DeWald and Tim Cuddy double qualified in congressional debate and World Schools Debate. Shy Christensen qualified in World Schools Debate. Congratulations Coach Hermanson! All three will compete at the NSDA National tournament in June.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Congratulations to Coach Shannon and the HHS Boys Team as they captured the 2020-2021 AA State Swimming Championship this past weekend in Great Falls! In addition to the team championship, several great individual performances.

Robert Wagner captured State Championships in the 100 yard butterfly and the 50 yard freestyle.
Quade Oser was the State Champ in the 100 yard breaststroke. He was also 3rd in the 200 yard IM.
The boys team also captured the state championship in the 200 yard freestyle relay

Other performances include:
Christion Goetsch was 4th in the 200 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle.
Devin Goetsch captured 4th in the 200 yard IM and the 500 yard freestyle.
Jacob Demmons captured 6th in the 50 yard freestyle
Ben Vince was 10th in the 100 yard butterfly and 6th in the 100 yard breaststroke
Garrett Krattiger was 2nd in the 500 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Also, the boys team was 2nd in the 200 yard medley relay and 2nd in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

On the girls side:
Emily McAnally was 8th in the 200 yard freestyle and 10th in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Taryn Oser was 8th in the 200 yard IM and 5th in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Eva Hicks was 6th in the 50 yard freestyle and 8th in the 100 yard butterfly.
The girls team also captured 8th in the 200 Medley Relay and 12th in the 400 freestyle

Great job Bengal Swimmers!

At this weekend’s State Wrestling Tournament in Kalispell, Caleb O’Shae captured 4th place at 103 and Justice Seamons was a 6th place finisher at 170 lbs.

Health Caldwell and Claire Downing competed in the Intel Regional Science Fair hosted by Montana Tech last Wednesday, March 3.¬†¬†Claire Downing presented on her work ‚ÄúColonizing Bryophytes Used as a Post-Wildfire Ecosystem Stabilization Treatment in Montana‚ÄĚ and was awarded First Place Grand Award, Association for Geoscientists Award, and a Blue Ribbon Gold Medal.¬†¬†Claire has been invited to compete at the¬†Regeneron ISEF – International Science and Engineering Fair¬†May 3-6, 2021 via video conferencing.¬†Regeneron ISEF finalists compete for nearly $5 million in awards, prizes and scholarships.¬†¬†Heath Caldwell presented on his work ‚ÄúComparative Osteohistology within the Long Bones of Rocky Mountain Elk‚ÄĚ and was awarded Montana Technology University Biology Department ‚ÄúBest in Show‚ÄĚ and Blue Ribbon Silver Medal.

Finally, The Big Sky Regional Virtual Science Bowl took place this past Friday and the HHS A-team took 2nd out of 14 teams.  The team is composed of Heath Caldwell, Tim Cuddy, Owen Cleary, Jonathon DeWald and Greysen Smith. Thanks Coach Gillin.

And congratulations to Kacey Askin as the HHS ‚ÄúBaker Team‚ÄĚ won the 2021 Mock Trial State Championship!¬† Congratulations to Hailey Brewer, Grace Johnson, Caitlin Matthews, Isaac Nehring, Sage Eck-Miller, Maddie McNeil. This team will compete in the National Mock Trial Tournament in May.

Individual recognition for the State Champion Mock Trial team includes:
Outstanding Attorneys:
Sage Eck-Miller
Meghan Rake
Samaire Gittings
Andrew Stanfel

Outstanding Witnesses:
Loreley Drees
Isaac Nehring
Andrew Stanfel
Brooke Sedlock
Rae Varvel

Monday, March 1, 2021

Our sister school, Senshu University Tamana High School from Kumamoto, Japan, recently held their 2020 graduation. We participated in a virtual ceremony early in December with several dignitaries from both states, student leaders and administration from both schools, ending with a spectacular performance from their high school band.  Here are a few pictures and the band video to watch.

Monday – February 22, 2021

We received notification on Friday that Helena High School has their 2nd Presidential Scholars candidate. Help me in congratulating Elsie Harrington!

Tuesday – February 16, 2021

Congratulations to Senior Claire Downing. Claire was selected as a candidate for a Presidential Scholar. ‚ÄúThe scholars program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President with subsequent amendments. It recognizes the accomplishments of some our nation‚Äôs most distinguished graduating seniors. Scholars are chose for leadership and service to school and community. They demonstrate exceptional scholarship; visual, creative, and performing arts talent; and accomplishment in career and technical fields‚ÄĚ. Great job Claire!

In addition, the National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2020 have met all requirements to advance to the Finalist standing in the competition. Helena High School’s National Merit Finalists are: Aaron Gerhart, Elsie Harrington, Greysen Smith, and Lenny Triem. These students have been selected from over 1.5 million students that took the preliminary PSAT.

Myles Adams has been recognized as a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the 50,000 scorers of the 1.5 million students that took the PSAT.

Monday – February 1, 2021

Congratulations to our incredibly talented Orchestra students that were selected to the All-Northwest Honors Orchestra Ensemble:
√Āine Cleary (Freshman) ‚Äď Cello
Owen Cleary (Senior) ‚Äď Violin
Fischer Friend (Senior) ‚Äď Bass
Lenny Triem (Senior) ‚Äď Cello

Congratulations Mr. Harris!

Congratulations to junior Lucy Lantz as she was appointed by the Helena City Commission as a student leader on the Helena Citizen Conservation Board. Lucy also serves as the Green Group treasurer.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Congratulations to the following Business Professionals of America for placing at the Regional Leadership Conference and qualifying for state: 4th place in Digital Media Production: Amber Countryman Р1st Place in Podcast Production: Sarriah Roll-Moreno & Becca Snow & Brooklynn Anderson 1st Place in Global Marketing: Ben Cade & Kloe Bickel 1st Place in Small Business Management: Esther Kemper & Lindsey Holmes-Mora 5th Place РLegal Office Procedures: Ashton Daley-Mast Business Law and Ethics: 5th Place РEsther Kemper 7th Place -Kloe Bickel 8th Place РAva Strainer The link for our weekly agenda is here and students can also access the agenda on Teams and in their OneNote class notebooks, as well. Kayla Tremmel: 1st РICD10 Medical Coding 5th РHealth Administration Procedures 

Monday, December 14, 2020

You may have heard of a program NorthWestern Energy currently has in play which offers an opportunity for an individual to nominate a teacher or teachers who represent the school district in an extraordinary manner, and more so for the hard work and efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shannon Heim nominated Helena High School with a well worded paragraph about the merits of the Helena High staff. NorthWestern Energy chose Shannon’s nomination as one of the awards. Here is her nomination:

” My family relocated to Helena over the summer so I could accept a position at NorthWestern. Our youngest son, Michael, is a junior at Helena High School. Michael is a quiet, thoughtful kid. We were very concerned about his transition to a new school in light of the extraordinary times we live in. I cannot speak highly enough of the team at Helena High and the incredible effort they made to welcome Michael and facilitate his transition to Helena High. His teachers, led by his case manager Felicia Thompson, have taken a personal interest in Michael. Whether Michael is physically present in the building or working remotely, his teachers make Michael feel included and a valuable member of the class. We have been impressed by their willingness to check in with Michael on a regular basis and with his anxious parents.¬† We’d love to honor the teachers and staff at Helena High with a Bright Surprise to recognize their efforts and the difference they are making to Michael and all of the students entrusted to their care. “

Thank you to Felicia and all of Michael’s teachers!

In these strangest of times, Speech and Debate has started off a new season and are competing 100% virtually. At their opening tournament:

– Jonathan DeWald was the Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion.
– Timothy Cuddy was 10th in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
– Shy Christensen was 8th place in Informative Speaking and a semi finalist in Impromptu speaking.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Congratulations to Lauren Gustafson and the HHS Model UN team. HHS won the ‘small delegation’ award for outstanding group at the 55th annual conference. This would be considered the State Championship of Model United Nations! Team members and recognition include:

Delegate awards:
Isaac Nehring, Owen Cleary, Jonathan DeWald, Grace Johnson, Tim Cuddy

Position Paper Awards:
Owen Cleary, Grace Johnson, Jonathan DeWald, Tim Cuddy

Top 5 Seniors (each are offered a $1,000 scholarship to UMT):
Grace Johnson

Top 25 Seniors:
Owen Cleary
Tim Cuddy

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Thanks to Samantha Humphrey and our JMG students. They delivered over 260 individually wrapped treat bags for all of our Bryant kids!












Check out the new National Honors Society study skills video for you to share with our families. Thanks Mrs. Schulte and our NHS kids:

Congratulations to our State Runner-Up Lady Bengal Soccer team as they dropped a tough match, 1-0 to the Glacier Wolfpack last week. Great season ladies and Coach Meloy!

Congratulations to our All-State Choir members, Chloe Roberts, Annabelle Heun, and Lyla Acherman. Congratulations Ms. Steele!

Congratulations to Clare Strode for being selected to the All-State Band. Congratulations Mr. Hollow!