Student and Educator Recognitions

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music notesOctober, 2020 – Our local musicians are pretty amazing!  The following students received All State Orchestra honors:

  • From Helena High:
    • Aine Cleary (Freshman) – Cello
    • Owen Cleary (Senior) – Violin
    • Fischer Friend (Senior) – Bass
    • Lenny Triem (Senior) – Cello
  • From Capital High:
    • Maren Elliott (Sophomore) – Violin
    • Braelyn Germaine (Junior) – Viola
    • Jesse Hruska (Junior) – Viola
    • Jenalyn Slead (Junior) – Violin
    • Zach Boles (Senior) – Cello

Also, two CHS students have been accepted into the All State Honor Choir: Gabriel Beckman and Natalie Renk.  Who else thinks we need a virtual concert in the future?

science olympiadCongratulations to HHS Student, Heath Caldwell, for placing 8th in the nation in Fossils at the US Invitational Science Olympiad on Saturday.  Heath competed online against 203 teams across the country! Congratulations Heath!

October, 2020 – Two outstanding students representatives have joined our Board of Trustees.

CHS BruinsMariah Mercer – CHS Senior: Mariah looks forward to being a Student Board Representative and ensuring that students’ voices are heard.  She is interested in pursuing a career in education and education administration.  She is an advocate for the arts in education.

Mariah is involved in a variety of activities and currently serves as Vice-President of Health Occupational Students of America, is a Niceness is Priceless leader, a member of Science Club, a leader in Math Club, and the co-founder of Girls Supporting Girls.  She takes AP and Honors classes and has maintained a 4.0 GPA.

If she could invite one person to speak to students at CHS she would invite Sal Kahn, creator of the Kahn Academy, because he believes that learning occurs through the mastering of content and should be individualized.  She believes he could inspire students to take charge of their learning and understand that learning is a lifelong journey.

If she could change one thing about her school, she would increase funding for the arts.  She is excited to serve as the CHS Student Board Rep for 2020-2021 and hopes her passion for helping others will help students as they face the many challenges this year has brought.

HHS Bengals

Claire Downing – HHS Senior: Claire applied to be the HHS Student Board Representative because she hopes to convey the needs of students to the Board by offering a first-hand perspective.  She cares deeply about the success of her peers and their ability to contribute to society as optimistic and respectful leaders following graduation.

Claire’s participation in 4-H and the Forward Montana Foundation have provided her with leadership experience and knowledge in budgeting and finance.  Her involvement in 4-H is extensive and she was recently elected Montana 4-H Ambassador President.  She is also an American Fisheries Society Hutton Scholar.  She has been active in a variety of extra-curricular activities at school and has served as President of the Envirothon Club, Vice-President of National Honor Society, President of 3-7-77 Service Club and is a volunteer at Bryant School all while taking AP and Honors classes and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

If she could invite one person to speak to students at HHS she would invite Mister Rogers because he devoted his life to educating youth and adults on how to process emotion in positive ways.  He was a pioneer for education and overcame his own struggles with bullying and depression.

If she could change one thing about her school it would be to increase opportunities for career education and life skills classes to allow for a successful transition towards a future career path.


October, 2020 – Standout Helena High student athlete, Robert Wagner, has been invited to compete in the West Coast Open Water Championships in Las Vegas.  Wagner boasts 10 state medals including five state titles, and he recently learned that he qualified for four events at Junior Nationals in December.  Congratulations, Robert, and best of luck!

National Merit Scholarship ProgramOctober, 2020 – We have what’s sure to be a record-setting year for National Merit Semi-Finalists.  At Capital High, Sarah HellerTyler Almquist, and Victor Scott earned the honors.  At Helena High, four students received awards – Aaron Gerhart, Elsie Harrington, Greyson Smith, and Lenny Triem.  These academically talented high school seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. Semi finalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors.  Thanks for your hard work, students!

Shape MontanaOctober, 2020 – HHS Educator, Joan Leik, earned a 2020 SHAPE Montana wellness award.  The SHAPE Montana Awards recognize the outstanding individuals dedicated to students in our field. They serve as an inspiration for our members to continue in the pursuit of excellence as professionals in Health Enhancement, Physical Education, and its allied fields.  Congratulations, Ms. Leik!