John Chart and Ryan Swenson are perfect examples of the people honored each year by the Helena Education Foundation during the organization’s Celebration of Excellence banquet, which takes place tonight.
Chart has been teaching math for 25 years, 17 of them at Capital High. Swenson, his former student, just graduated from Carroll College Saturday and will begin a career teaching math this fall in Rigby, Idaho.
They were both honored by the Helena Education Foundation in 2009, and Chart is being honored again this year as a Distinguished Educator.
Each year the Helena Education Foundation honors a small group of graduating seniors for their academic achievements and civic engagement, naming them Distinguished Scholars. Each student then names an educator who has been a particularly positive influence on his or her life and then that educator is also honored by HEF. The organization also honors a group of graduates as Distinguished Achievers; they are nominated by their teachers, who are also honored during the banquet, for various academic or extracurricular achievements or for overcoming obstacles as students.
The event starts tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Great Northern Hotel.
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