From the Principal’s Desk

February 20, 2018

Congratulations to our three National Merit Finalists announced last week. They are, Adam Hagengruber, Devin Seyler, and Sean Tuttle.

Congratulations to Amanda Klein, placing 6th at the regional Poetry Out Loud competition in Butte this weekend. Amanda advances to the state competition.

February 12, 2018

Congratulations to Bengal Boys Soccer Coach Carl Straub for being named as a finalist for National Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. Coach Straub has advanced as one of 8 finalists for the 2018 NHSACA National COTY and at this time the 8 finalists’ nomination forms are being evaluated to determine the national coach of the year. This is a great honor and recognition of the outstanding accomplishments, not only of coach Straub but for the entire coaching staff, athletes, athletic department, school and community over a period of many years. Good luck Coach Straub!

In case you missed it, last week was National School Counselors Week. Please help me in thanking Chrissy, Ashten, Jaime, Jason, Ellaina and Kelly for their incredible dedication and impact on student success.

Congratulations once again to our Presidential Scholarship semi-finalists. They are: Konnor Donaldson, Devin Seyler, Emma Sihler, Elizabeth Rigby, and Sean Tuttle.

Congratulations to our finalists who will compete in the State Poetry Out Loud competition in Butte, America. Amanda Klein, Sami Zander, and Raina Shaw.

Congratulations to Dan Ruether – Affor who qualified for Nationals at this weekends Speech and Debate tournament. Dan qualified in Student Congressional Debate.

Congratulations also to:

  • James Blanchard is first alternate in Student Congress.
  • Auriana Kent is first alternate in Humorous Interpretation.
  • Sean Manners is second alternate in Congress.
  • Samantha Noble, Gunter Roylance and Eli Mohler were semifinalists.

But moreover- the combined effort of the HHS team led Helena High to be awarded the coveted NSDA Cumulative Tournament Sweepstakes Trophy. This award is determined by number of points received at the NSDA Qualifier tournaments over the course of five years. Points are awarded for every student that competes and every round of competition.

Congratulations to our two time defending state wrestling champion, Isaac Romero. Isaac captured the 113 pound title at this weekends state tournament in Billings. Isaac finished the season at 38-3. Senior Austin Murphy finished as the state runner-up at 126 lbs. Austin finished the season at 34-12 and has a career record of 104-55.

Congratulations to our boys (4th place) and girls (7th place) swim teams at this weekends state meet in Great Falls.

  • Boys 200 yd. medley relay – 3rd.
  • Fanny Redpath – 4th place – girls 200 yard IM.
  • Emma Krattiger – 6th place – girls 50 yard freestyle.
  • Fanny Redpath – 2nd place – girls 100 yard butterfly.
  • Robert Wagner – 2nd place – boys 100 yard butterfly.
  • Christion Goetsch – 5th place – boys 500 yard freestyle.
  • Boys 200 yard freestyle relay – 6th place.
  • Robert Wagner – 4th place – boys 100 yard backstroke.
  • Parker Keller – 3rd place – boys 100 yard breaststroke.

Congratulations to our Mock Trial teams as they competed in Idaho over the weekend. Helena High sent three teams to the Mock Trial regional in Pocatello where they competed with 7 teams. Only 3 teams from regionals go to state in Boise and HHS qualified two teams for the state competition.

Individual award:
Outstanding Attorney Awards

  • Jordan Straub
  • Grace Johnson
  • Sage Eck-Miller

Outstanding Witness

  • Morgan Hill
  • Jordan Betz
  • Dakota Franklin
  • Ivan Kloberdanz
  • Aurora Boutin


Congrats to our Helena High School students

Congratulations to Coach Linda Paull and the Girls Cross Country team. Mrs. Paull’s team was recognized by the Montana High School Association and the Army National Guard for having the highest AA team GPA in Girls AA Cross Country. The Varsity team held a 3.88 team GPA.

January 29, 2018

Congratulations to Bryndon Wilkerson, Elizabeth Rigby and Mariah Thompson. These three were selected as winners in the Montana NCWIT Aspirations in Computing contest.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology, or NCWIT, is a coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing.  NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves.  NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

In addition, Bryndon gave a great speech in conjunction with Governor Bullock’s visit to HHS where he signed an executive order, breaking with the FCC mandate on Net Neutrality.

January 22, 2018


Congratulations to the first place team in the crosstown weld-off. 1st Place – from Helena High School Tyson Smith, Katlyn Jablonski, Tye Cumley, Gabe Salvitti. Thanks to our welding staff for hosting this event – Cindy, Greg and Jake.




December 27, 2017

Congratulations to the HHS Speech & Debate Team for capturing 1st place in the AA School Sweepstakes at the Hamilton Speech and Debate Invitational Tournament.

  • Caitlyn Sena and Tamara O’Leary – 1st place in Public Form Debate.
  • Chris Bokovoy – 1st place in Original Oratory.
  • Rebecca Bryan – 1st place in Dramatic Interpretation; 5th place in Memorized Public Address.
  • Gunter Roylance – 3rd place in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Auriana Kent – 4th place in Humorous Interpretation.
  • Dan Ruether-Affor – 5th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
  • Hannah Muszkiewicz – 6th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
  • Macey Smith – semifinalist in Impromptu.
  • Eli Mohler – semifinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and Memorized Public Address.
  • James Blanchard – semifinalist in Extemporaneous speaking.
  • Samantha Noble – semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation.

Monday – November 27

Congratulations to our defending State Champion Science Olympiad team. Great news out of Bozeman!








Tuesday – Sept 5 – Congratulations to the following students for their selection to All-State choir:  Aryn Terrio, Colin Nielson, Christina Holland, Emma Ackerman, Halley Grebenc, Hailey Johnston, Ethan Bowen, Rachel Martorana, Mae Halliday

Welcome back to a new school year, 2017-2018. I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer break with lots of rest and opportunities to enjoy numerous activities with friends and family. I am looking forward to an exciting, productive and successful school year.

While we were having a well-deserved rest, many people have been very busy preparing the school for the new school year. My thanks to our custodial and maintenance staff who have been hard at work cleaning the building, waxing the floors and fixing our building.  As usual, they have done an excellent job! Our school sparkles and we need to try our best to keep it that way.

I continue to be inspired by the dedicated staff and families in this school community. Helena High is a school where students are supported and encouraged to grow in all areas- academically, socially and emotionally. I am fortunate to be a part of this high-quality learning community, and I speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say we are excited to have each of our students.  It takes all of us to help each and every student to reach his/her potential, and we look forward to sharing in your student’s learning experiences.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunities that exist at Helena High School this year! Be Involved, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be a Graduate.

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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.