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May 16, 2022

Help me in thanking our outstanding school Nurse, Emily Rodway, for all of the wonderful contributions she makes to our Bengal community. National School Nurse’s day was celebrated on May 11th. We appreciate all of her help and expertise with each of our students and thank her for her contributions during the height of our Covid outbreaks. Nothing was ever an easy task. Thank you Emily!

Here are the State Festival results for our very talented singers.

Superior Rating – I
Annabelle Heun – Vocal Solo
Haily Tolman – Vocal Solo
Ashley Nelson – Vocal Solo
Brogan and McCoy Vranka – Vocal Duet
Lyla Ackerman – Vocal Solo
Lucy Lantz – Vocal Solo
Sam Geary – Vocal Solo
Chloe Roberts – Vocal Solo

Excellent Rating – II
Al Randall – Vocal Solo

The BPA National Leadership Conference was very successful for the HHS computer science kids. It is the first time HHS has ever had someone place at Nationals with Foster Smith placing 5th in Java Programming and Kaden Price placing 10th in C# Programming. Nolan Verrill just missed medaling with his 12th place in C# Programming. In addition to these three, Kyler Smith and Cameron Wittrock finished in the top 20 in Java Programming, Foster Smith finished in the top 20 in Python Programming, and Titan Russell finished in the top 20 in Device Configuration. HHS also took exams for and earned 29 industry certifications that the students can use to be more competitive when looking for jobs.

The Helena High BPA chapter was awarded the Membership Explosion Award, the Quality Chapter Distinction Award and the Community Service Award.







May 2, 2022

The first full week in May is set aside as National Teacher Appreciation Week. “Thank you” doesn’t cover it.

Congratulations to our talented Helena High singers as they were recognized at the district music festival in April. Our choir groups had outstanding performances.

Treble Choir:

  • Performance: I & I (Superior Ratings)
  • Sight-Singing: II (Excellent Rating)


  • Performance: I & I (Superior Ratings)
  • Sight-Singing: I (Superior Rating)


  • Performance: II & II (Excellent Ratings)
  • Sight-Singing: I (Superior Rating)


  • Performance: I & I (Superior Ratings)
  • Sight-Singing: I (Superior Rating)

In addition, all of our soloists received a I (Superior Rating) and qualified to perform at State Music Festival. They are:

  • Sam Geary, Aaron French, Lyla Ackerman, Brogan & McCoy Vranka (duet), Haily Tolman, Al Randall, Lucy Lantz, Ashley Nelson, Chloe Roberts, Annabelle Heun

Thank you to Molly Steele for her hard work and guidance provided to these talented students!

April 25, 2022

This week is National Student Leadership week. We are pleased to take this opportunity to recognize the leaders of our many clubs and organizations and to thank them for their involvement and the value they add to our school.

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team that competed at last weekend’s Science Olympiad state competition. The HHS team took 4th place and Helena High had several top scorers:

  • 1st in Environmental Chemistry for Paul Reeves and Annika Nehring, 1st in Remote Sensing for Sandra Schuele and Jeri Wilkerson, 1st in Wright Stuff for Izzy Kosena and Jeri Wilkerson, 2nd in Cell Biology for Mason Karlin and Paisley Karlin, 2nd in Codebusters for Robert Stimpson, Sandra Schuele and Foster Smith, 2nd in Dynamic Planet for Robert Stimpson and Kaylei Hinck. Thanks to our science department and Mr. Driggers in preparing these students for this tournament.

Congratulations to our Helena High students who were winners in the Montana NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Aspirations in Computing Contest. Hosted by Northwest Energy and Carroll College, seven Montana High School women from five high schools were recognized. Helena High’s winners are Sierrah Paul and Laurel Maronick.

April 18, 2022

Congratulations to our students that competed at last week’s State SkillsUSA competition. Tithen and Maddox now have the option to go to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia to compete. Tithen FitzGerald- 1st in Intermediate Drafting; 1st in Job Skill Demo, Maddox Schuller- 1st in Power Equipment, Audrey Rogge- 3rd in Power Equipment, Sabrina Braden- 3rd in Basic Welding, Ben Barker- 3rd in Basic Woods, Byren Stoner- 2nd in Extemporaneous Speech.

Tithen and Maddox will now have the option to go to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia to compete this summer.

Congratulations to our students that were recognized with an MUS Honor Scholarship. This is a 4 year tuition waiver, approximate value of $20,000. They are:

Erik Callery, Lucas Canty, Cassidy Carpenter, Emmi Highness, Olivia Huber, Mackenzie Lincy, Isaac Nehring, Zeta Phillips, Chloe Roberts and Natalie Seburn.

In addition, the following HHS students received the STEM/Healthcare Scholarships. Worth $6,000 over 4 years. They are:
Erick Callery, Lucas Canty, Cassidy Carpenter, Olivia Huber, Myles Jacobs, Lucy Lantz, Mackenzie Lynch, Emily MacQuarrie, Sydney Mattfeldt, Rachel Ostberg, Sierrah Paul, Zeta Phillips, Kasey Poepping, Chloe Roberts, Carly Ryan, Raelee Sampson, Natalie Seburn, Kyler Smith, Evan Stefaniak, and Robin Triem. Congratulations to all of these students and thanks to all of their educators that guided them along the way!

March 21, 2022

Congratulations to Claire Pichette as she was selected by the non-profit organization Ecology Project International to participate in an 8 day fellowship in Baja, Mexico.

Here are the HHS participants in the yearly BPA State Leadership conference. 9 National qualifiers will compete in May.
Foster Smith – 1st place in Python and Cisco and 2nd in JAVA.
Kyler Smith – 1st JAVA; 4th in Python and 4th in CISCO.
Titan Russell – 1st in Computer Network Technology and 5th in Device Configuration.
Kaden Price – 1st in C#
Rachel Ostberg – 2nd in Computer Network Technology and 5th in Device Configuration.
Nolan Verrill – 2nd in C#
John Lane – 2nd in Cisco
Schuyler Kron – 2nd in SQL Database; 6th in JAVA and 8th in Python.
Cooper Cross – 3rd in C++ and 9th in JAVA
Cameron Wittrock – 4th in JAVA programming.
Lucas Canty – 8th in JAVA
Erik Callery – 10th in Python and 7th in JAVA
Matthew Roberts – 10th in JAVA.

In addition, HHS BPA earned the Silver Star Chapter Award for Chapter Development.

March 15, 2022

Congratulations to Helena High seniors Lucy Lantz and Erik Callery. Lucy and Erik have now been named National Merit Finalists.

Congratulations to all of our distinguished scholars, achiever and educators that were recognized last week.

March 7, 2022

Congratulations to our Culinary Arts students as they were able to demonstrate their talents once again at the prestigious Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner. Thanks to Joan Leik for creating this great opportunity for our students.

Great Ideas Grants winners were announced last week. Congratulations to Cindy Galbavy (ArcLight to the Future – in honor of Dick Anderson, Corey McGreevey and Bob Heberly), Missy Sampson (Faint Footprint – in honor of William and Judy Walter) and Joanne Didriksen (Just Listen – Teens Talk – in honor of Heath Heggem/Scripps). Thanks for your time putting in these applications and providing unique opportunities for our students.

Mock Trial TeamA 2022Congratulations to the HHS Mock Trial team for winning a 3-peat state championship on Saturday defeating Flathead. Team members include Emmi Highness, Isaac Nehring, Andrew Stanfel, Brooke Sedlock, Meghan Rake, Naomi Sweeney, and Caitlin Matthews. The state champs will now move on to Nationals in May. Thanks to Kacey Askin for guiding these students.









February 1, 2022

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential. It is my honor to recognize the 5 Helena High School candidates. They are: Eric Callery, Olivia Coburn, Lucy Lantz, Benjamin Pargot and Chloe Roberts. This is well-deserved credit for these amazing young people. It is also a celebration for the families, their teachers and the entire Helena community that has contributed and supported our students in reaching their highest potential. Congratulations and Go Bengals!

January 31, 2022

Congratulations to our Helena High Students that are candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. They are: Erik Callery, Olivia Coburn, Lucy Lantz, Ben Pargot and Chloe Roberts. Congratulations to them and all their educators that have contributed to their journey!

December 13, 2021

Congratulations to Sam Geary on guitar and Ryan Burke on Alto Saxophone as they were selected to the All-State Jazz Band!

September 13, 2021

Congratulations to the following HHS students on being selected to All-State Choir:
Chloe Roberts, Haily Tolman, Alexa Randall, Ashley Nelson, David Luby, Lyla Ackerman

Congratulations to the following HHS students for being selected to All-State Band and Orchestra:
Clare Strode, Annika Nehring, Chris Kazmierowski