From the Principal’s Desk

Congratulations to the following HHS students receiving a STEM Scholarship from the Montana University System (MUS)!

Helen Bovington
William Cade
Kelson Demmons
Ayden Fasbender
Hayden Ferguson
McKoy Gebhardt
Lance Gonzalez
Taylor Hill
Elizabeth Kaczmarek
Ivan Kloberdanz
Anna Kreisberg
Kyli Mattfeldt
Tatum McNamara
Jaimee Noble
Owen Peterson
Samantha Plaster
Connor Rigsby
Emilee Romine
Pilar Santos
Ashlin Slanger
Luke Thomson
Madison Warfield
Savannah Withrow
Spencer Wright
Zoe Zarvatski
Jace Zavarelli

April 20, 2020

Congratulations to Alyson Rake and Laurel Maronick, winners in the Montana NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Contest. Also Hannah Weedman and Avery Skibicki are Honorable Mention, and Aimee Wilkerson and Kayla Edgerton are Certificate of Distinction recipients.

April 13, 2020

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Montana State University System (MUS) Honor Scholarship. They are Helen Bovington, Kelson Demmons, Ayden Fasbender, Hayden Ferguson, Morgan Hill, Anna Kreisberg, Samantha Noble, Connor Rigsby and Caitlyn Sena. This is a 4 year tuition scholarship for these students.

March 30, 2020

Congratulations to our HEF Harrison Writing Award winner, Hannah Muskiewizc, “13 Things to See in a Chickadee”.

Thanks to Jake Spearson, Buffy Smith and Deb Sargent for their work in manufacturing masks for our healthcare workers in our community. Great article in the IR.

March 9, 2020

HHS’s Science Bowl Team 1 won the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl competition in Billings Saturday! They competed against 17 other teams from around the state and now have the opportunity to go to Washington DC to compete in the National Science Bowl! See the attached picture! Thanks Coach Gillin and Coach Berry!

Team 1 is: Heath Caldwell, Jonathan DeWald, Greysen Smith, Owen Cleary and
Tim Cuddy

Congratulations to Tim Cuddy! Tim took 1st place at the American Legion Post 2 Oratorical Contest. Capital High Junior Hailey Carpenter took 2nd place she and Tim Cuddy will advance on to the District level on March 15th in Butte for a chance to represent all of District 6 in the Department contest.

Congratulations to the students that placed in the NCTM Math competition from HHS.
10th: Erick Callery took 2nd place
11A: Ryan Burke 2nd place
11B: Dylan Hoogerheide 1st place, Lenny Triem 2nd place, and Aaron Gerhart took 3rd

We had five teams competing at the first ever Montana State Mock Trial Competition at the Capitol building Friday and Saturday. HHS sent two teams to the championship round and Team Baker won which consists of Grace Johnson, Sage Eck-Miller, Dakota Franklin, Ivan Kloberdanz, Lauren Irwin, Morgan Hill and Isaac Nehring and Team McGrath finished 2nd place and team members included Caitlyn Sena, Caitlin Matthews, Herman Haw, Tamara O’Leary, Hailey Brewer, Greer MacDonald,  and Alana Rotter. Great job Bengals!! Thank you Coach Askin.



Congratulations to our HEF’s Distinguished Scholars, Achievers and Educators. A great celebration of public education in our community! 

Congratulations to Hannah Muskiewicz. Hannah is a double qualifier to Nationals in both domestic and international speaking. Great job Hannah! In addition, Tim Cuddy is a 3rd alternate in Senate.








Attached are some great photos of our Culinary II students working the Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner. Great work by our students. Thank you Joan Leik!










February 18, 2020
Congratulations to Hayden Ferguson as he has been named as our National Merit Finalist. Congratulations to Hayden, his family and his teachers.

Congratulations to Sarah Melborne Baker as she was awarded a University of Montana $750.00 merit scholarship (meaning she had to audition for it) and an Outstanding Actress in a Drama” award for her role as Eva in Rylee Reynold’s original play “Wasps” Directed by student Jillian Richards.  The show also took the Outstanding 10 Minute Performance award.  The Cast of “Why You Shouldn’t let AI write scripts for you” written by Charles Barnett  and directed by Sarah Melborne Baker, received an Outstanding Ensemble award.  Congratulations to these students for their work!

Congratulations to our Individual State Swim Champs! They were crowned this past weekend in Great Falls.

Parker Keller – 200 YD IM
Parker Keller – 100 YD Breaststroke
Christion Goetsch – 100 YD Butterfly
Rob Wagner – 500 YD Freestyle
The boys team also won the 400 Freestyle Relay

In addition,
Christion Goetsch – 2nd place 200 YD Freestyle
Jacob Demmons – 12th place 100 YD Freestyle
Robert Wagner – 2nd place 100 YD Backstroke
Quade Oser – 2nd place 100 YD Breaststroke
Ben Vince – 8th place 100 YD Breaststroke
Boys team – 3rd place. 200 YD Medley Relay

On the girls side,
Taryn Oser, 6th place 200 YD IM
Taryn Oser, 4th place Girls 100 YD Breaststroke.

The girls team received a 10th place finish in the 200 YD Medley Relay, 10th place in the 200 YD Freestyle relay and 10th place in the 400 YD Freestyle relay.

February 10, 2020
Congratulations to Senior Hannah Muszkiewicz as the State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking at the AA State Speech and Debate Tournament last weekend! In addition, Hannah was also 5th in Impromptu Speaking.

Also, Samantha Noble was 8th place in Program Oral Interpretation and Will Brugman and Shy Christensen were semi-finalists in Memorized Public Address and Impromptu Speaking respectively.

Check out our Orchestra students who rehearsed with guest conductor at AA Orchestra Festival.  Unbelievably talented students. According to Mr. Zach Harris, the guest directors from James Madison University said that our students were some of the best they have worked with.

February 3, 2020
Help me in celebrating and thanking our great team of Para-educators during Para-educator week! Thank you for being such an important and critical member of our team in working with many of our most challenging students. None of the work we do for kids gets done without your work, compassion and expertise with our kids.

In addition, this week also marks National School Counselor Week. Shout out to our counseling team for the many, many hats they need to wear. Your work in and out of the classroom has an immeasurable impact on the students you work with. Thank you for your support of students and our staff.

Congratulations to sophomore Kylie Hartnett as she has been named the Gatorade Montana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for the 2019 season.  Kylie, was the individual  State Champion at the State meet and led her team to a third place finish. Congratulations to Kylie and congratulations Coach Paull. The Gatorade Player of the Year program is proud to recognize the nation’s most elite high school athletes for not only athletic excellence but also for high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.

Great pictures of our Boys Basketball team working with our neighbors at Bryant School. Thanks to Coach Day and his staff for having our students assist with our future Bengals.






Congratulations to our 5 candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program. These names were released Friday, January 24, 2020. Salome Aydlett, Hayden Ferguson, Samantha Noble, Alyson Rake, and Boyd Stutz. Thank you to all of those that supported them through their educational journey.

Congratulations to Coach Eric Peterson. Last week, it was announced that Coach Peterson is a finalist for National Coach of the Year. Well deserved Coach P!

Helena High's Eric Peterson named a finalist for NHSACA national coach of the year
Helena IR January 16, 2020

Congratulations to Linda Paull and the HHS Girls Cross Country team as they were named the winner of the MT High School Association-Montana Army National Guard Academic All Team for the fall sports season in AA Girls Cross Country. Overall team GPA of 3.968. Great work ladies!

Great things can happen in Washington, DC.  Here is well-deserved recognition for our own Buffy Smith from the office of Senator Greg Gianforte:

Buffy, thanks for your commitment to your students and especially our young ladies as they move into these important STEM careers.

We were recently notified that Helena School District was named to the College Board’s 10th annual AP Honor Roll. Inclusion on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2017 to 2019, for the following criteria:

  • Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts.
  • Increased or maintained percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a 3 or higher than those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

December 1, 2019

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team’s 2nd place finish at last week’s competition in Bozeman!

Individual gold medals went to the following individuals:

  • 1st place in Chem Lab–Jonathan DeWald and Owen Cleary
  • 1st place in Fossils–Heath Caldwell and Izzy Kosena
  • 1st place in Remote Sensing–Heath Caldwell and Robert Stimpson
  • 1st place in Wright Stuff (balsa wood plane)–Izzy Kosena and Jeri Wilkerson

Thanks to Dave McKim and his assistants: Claire Pichette, Jamie O’Malley, Christine Thennis, Jake Spearson, Missy Sampson, Emily Gillin and Kristin Berry.


November 18, 2019

Thanks to Terri Johnson and her students for providing the great lunch last week.  The Helena School District acknowledged this National recognition with “Roc Your Mocs”, which concurred the week of November 11-15. “Rock Your Mocs” is an international celebration to honor tribal individuality; not only in school but the work place as well.

On Thursday November 14, the Native students at Helena High cooked and
prepared a meal for the teachers to show their appreciation for the important
jobs they insure. The menu included Three Sisters soup, chili, and fry bread. It left an upright amazing smell throughout the halls of HHS.

Great job by our HHS VB team capturing the second place trophy at this weekend’s state tournament in Bozeman. Great tournament run!

October 28, 2019

Congratulations to sophomore State Cross Country Champion Kylie Hartnett! Kylie cruised to the AA state championship this past weekend in Great Falls.

Congratulations to Coach Paull and her staff for the ladies’ third place finish this weekend. First trophy in girls cross country since 1985.

Finally, congratulations to sophomore Odessa Zentz and her All-State recognition (13th place).

October 21, 2019

This past week, four Montana school teachers were selected as the 2017 and 2018 national award winners for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the nation’s highest honor for US mathematics and science teachers in grades K through 12. One of these four teachers was our very own Claire Pichette! Congratulations to Claire!

2017:  Grades 7-12
Math: Beth Walsh, East Valley Middle School, Helena, Montana
Science: Claire Pichette, Helena High School, Helena, Montana

2018: Grades K-6
Math: Thomas Redmon, Daly Elementary, Hamilton, Montana
Science: Justine Hurley, White Sulphur Springs Elementary School, White Sulphur Springs, Montana

This past week the Montana ACTE organization recognized Cindy Galbavy with the Carl Perkins Community Service Award for Montana. Congratulations Cindy!

Congratulations to our students selected for All-State band. They are:
Claire Strode
Kelson Demmons
Nick Pida

October 14, 2019

Congratulations to the following students selected for All-State Orchestra:
Owen Cleary – Violin
Fischer Friend – Bass
Alyson Rake – Viola
Lenny Triem – Cello

Congratulations to our All-State golfers from last week’s State Tournament in Great Falls. They are:
Ginny Kerr
Lauren Williams
Celi Chapman

October 7, 2019

Congratulations to Kyler Armstrong, McKoy Gebhardt, Dillon Ostberg, and Colin Nielson for placing 2nd at Helena College Welding Rodeo this past weekend!

September 23, 2019

Congratulations to these students that were selected to participate with the 2019 Montana All-State Choir.

Jada Pierson
Caleb Lay
Colin Nielson
Chloe Roberts

September 16, 2019

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalist, Hayden Ferguson. Hayden represents less than 1% of the top students across the country that participated in the PSAT last spring.

September 9, 2019

Congratulations to Cade Duran. Cade is the Ambassador for MASC (Montana Association of Student Councils), the District III President, and a member of the MASC Executive Committee for 2019 – 2020.

August 28, 2019

In case you missed the Tuesday, August 27 Freshman parent meeting – here is his Power Point presentation.  Click on the link below.

2023 Frosh Parent Night

August 25, 2019

I would like to congratulate two of our colleagues, Mary Anne McMahon and Linda Paull.

Mary Anne was a state-level finalist (1 of 6) for the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Two finalists from the state will be recognized in Washington DC. Good Luck Mary Anne!

Linda Paull was recognized by SHAPE Montana with the Honor Award, their highest recognition, for her work and dedication to students in the field of physical education.