From the Principal’s Desk

May 27, 2019
Congratulations to Freshman State Champion Odessa Zentz! Odessa won the 400 and 800 meter races at this weekends State Meet in Kalispell.

Freshman Kylie Hartnett finished 3rd in the 1600 and 2nd in the 3200.

The 400 relay team of Katelyn Hamill, Bailey Root, Odessa Zentz and Emilie Maes placed 6th.

Courtney Matteucci placed 6th in the Discuss.

Jamie Pickens placed 2nd in the Javelin.

Congrats to Coach Williams and her staff.

On the boys side:

Aidan Brus captured 6th place in the 300 hurdles.

The team of Logan Brown, Ayden Fasbender, Luke Schmitz and David Lowry captured 3rd place in the 1600 relay.

Holden Sampson captured 5th place in the shot put.

Congratulations to Coach Garza and his staff.

Congratulations to Coach Schulte and his staff as the softball team wrapped up their season this past weekend at the state tournament in Butte.

The following students were presented with awards for the Trig STAR Math Contest

1st Place Central Montana Region: Paul Schuele – $150 and a HP Calculator

2nd Place Central Montana Region: Wei You – $100

Art Club/Green Group’s “Turn Litter to Glitter” art contest and exhibition winners were:

Students judged the pieces, as well as community artist Liz Harter and Habitat for Humanity Manager Kristen Kessler.

1st Prize ($100):

Rachel Dykman

Kynadee Struble

Brooke Kissner

Cadence Reeder

2nd Prize ($50):

Erin Grossman

Eva Santos

Saige Jenkins

3rd Prize ($30)

Aila Austin

Liv Peterson


May 13, 2019

Congratulations to Jill Van Alstyne and members of Green Group for their successful grant application for solar panels for the elementary schools. Max Lashley and Auriann Kent wrote letters of support along with Jill.

I thought our kids did a great job on this years’ Vigilante Parade and the quality of many of the floats was pretty impressive. If you didn’t check out the parade – here are the results. HHS students fared quite well.

Congratulations to our student participants in the latest State JMG Conference. Helena High received 1st place in Community Service/Civic Activities
Madison Glass received 2nd place in Community Service Individual and 2nd place in Critical Thinking.
Savanah Mook received 2nd place in Employment Preparation and Chairman’s Award.
Thanks to Samantha Humphrey for her work with this group of students.

The HHS Envirothon team placed second at state last Tuesday in Lewistown. Team members are Janell Swanson, Heath Caldwell, Claire Downing, Ian Uland and Jonathan DeWald. There combined test scores on wildlife, soils, range, forestry, and aquatics of 349 placed them just behind Missoula Big Sky. They also earned first place in the state on the Current Issue presentation. The topic this year was sustainable agriculture. The JV team of Alyssa Plant, Ayden Kron, Aimee Wilkerson, Alex Raylance and Greysen Smith tied for 5th in Forestry and placed 14th overall. Thanks to Claire Pichette for her work with these students.

Sunday was a great day to spend working and watching our HHS Special Olympics competitors. So much fun to watch our athletes compete and I was so impressed by the number of our current and former HHS students willing to donate their time on a Sunday to support all of the area competitors.


April 29, 2019



Congratulations to Coach Eric Peterson. Eric was selected as the Montana Coaches Association AA Girls Basketball coach of the year. Well – deserved Coach P!




Congratulations to our talented students and instructors at the recent Youth Electrum exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art. They are:

HM painting and drawing: Danielle Prouty  “Three Frogs”, Helena High School, 10th grade, Mr. Scanlon

HM Sculpture: Jonah Fisher  “Broken on the Inside”, Helena High School, 11th grade, Mr. Daniel

1st Prize in photography: Jordyn Everett  “Fractured” , Helena High School, 12th grade, Katie Knight

HM photography: Kameron Hogue  “Silver School” Helena High School, 12th grade, Katie Knight

1st Prize in Ceramics: Dustin Powell  “Series 2”, Helena High School, 12th grade, Mr. Furlong

HM ceramics: Zach Schroeck  “cup series” , Helena High School, 12th grade, Mr. Furlong

Juror’s Choice Award : Cas Sakura  “We Wait” , Helena High School, 12th grade, Mrs. Katie Knight

April 22, 2019

Congratulations to our performers at the District Music Festival:
At district soloists, small groups, and our classes perform for an adjudicator(s) and receive a score based on a rubric.  Depending on the type of performance, the rubric has between 6 & 7 categories each worth 5 points.  A performer(s) can only loose a total of 4 points to receive a 1 or superior rating and attend State Festival.  Scoring goes as follows:

Column1 Solos Rating Small Groups Rating 2
Points 30-26 Division I (Superior) 35-31 Division I (Superior)
25-21 Division II (Excellent) 30-24 Division II (Excellent)
20-15 Division II (Good) 23-17 Division II (Good)
14-10 Division IV (Fair) 16-11 Division IV (Fair)
*9-0 Division V (Poor) *10-0 Division V (Poor)


This Year our Orchestras Received:

Chamber Orchestra – Judge 1: Superior

Judge 2:  Superior

Sight-Reading: Superior

Concert Orchestra – Judge 1: Superior

Judge 2:  Superior

Sight-Reading: Superior

Solo’s and Ensembles:

Superiors Ratings and heading to State Festival:

Salomae Aydlett – Junior – Bass Clarinet/Viola Duet

Jaqueline Bunnis – Junior –  Violin Solo

Owen Cleary – Sophomore – Violin Solo, Violin Duet, String Quartet, and HHS Jazz Band

Sapphire Ferguson – Freshman – Violin Solo

Fischer Friend – Sophomore – Cello Solo, String Quartet

Zan Pershing – Sophomore – Violin/Viola Duet

Celia Quintana – Senior – Violin Solo, String Trio

Alyson Rake – Junior – Viola Solo, Vocal Solo, 3 string Duets, and String Trio

Anna Ries Roncalli – Freshman – Violin Solo, String Trio

Elijah Scheinz – Sophomore – Violin Solo, Violin Duet

Brynja Severtson – Sophomore – Violin Solo, Violin Duet, String Quartet

Sonja Severtson – Senior – Violin Solo, Vocal Solo, Violin Duet, String Trio

Elena Skibicki – Senior – Cello Solo, String Trio

Isabella Summers – Junior – Cello/Viola Duet

Lenny Triem – Sophomore – Cello Solo, String Trio, String Quartet

Andreas VanDiest – Sophomore – Cello Solo

Jasmine Wilkerson – Violin Solo

Performing in other solos and ensembles and receiving Excellent Ratings (II)

Max Lashley – Sophomore – Cello Solo, Cello Duet

Mina Myrvang – Junior – Violin Solo

Pilar Santos – Junior – Cello Solo

Hannah Weedman – Junior – Viola Solo

Brooke Woodmansey – Freshman – Violin Solo

Performing in other solos and ensembles and receiving Good Ratings (III)

Carmen Henderson – Freshman -Cello Solo

Alan Watne – Junior – Violin Solo

Congratulations to Bryce Rives and Morgan Oie for winning the 2019 Science Innovator Scholarship.  The annual Science Innovator Scholarships are proudly presented to top-ranked science students based on their intellectual curiosity, work ethic, integrity, leadership, communication skills, and teamwork. This scholarship is in honor of former Helena School District teachers, Gil and Marilyn Alexander and Tom Pederson.

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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