Celebration of Excellence

2020 Celebration of Excellence

Celebration of Excellence 2020 Guest Information

Monday, May 11, 2020

Great Northern Hotel


Business Attire

The evening includes a prepared dinner and program:

  • 5:30 seating
  • 6:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:30-8:30 honoring of Distinguished Students and Educators

Seating Arrangements:  The seating arrangement for each table at the Celebration of Excellence is pre-determined.  Place cards are provided for all guests, therefore, pre-registration is required and registrants are asked to include the full names of all guests attending.  Distinguished Students and Educators and their guests are seated together and stand for their featured moment in the program. Sponsors, who make this event possible, are also seated with educators and students.

Meals:  Because we must pre-pay for all meals ordered, we respectfully request any cancellations be made prior to Thursday May 7.

Whereas we can accommodate dietary restrictions that are health-related, unfortunately, we cannot make accommodations for dietary preferences

Parents:  Please make sure your students have completed the online registration form.

Parking: Parking is free in the Great Northern Town Center after 5:00pm

We recognize exceptional students who have demonstrated their efforts in the classroom, school, and community

“I renewed my commitment to teaching.” – A Distinguished Educator after the Celebration of Excellence
day after day, year after year. Distinguished Scholars are selected on the basis of criteria developed by students, teachers and administrators, including GPA, number of high-level courses, total credit hours and activities.

Qualifications for Distinguished Scholars

Students must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of honors, AP, accelerated or college-level classes (eligible dual credit courses as listed) and a 3.7 GPA at the end of the 7th semester in order to qualify as a Distinguished Scholar, and a minimum 23 total credit hours by the end of the 7th semester (2020) Credits for non-core classes are limited to 2 credits of advanced study per area, such as music, art, language, etc.

Criteria effective 2021-Total credits at 7 semesters 24.

[Qualifying Classes for CHS and HHS]

Qualifying course credits: 2021-13, 2022-14.

For more information, please contact the Helena Education Foundation at hef@mt.net or 443.2545.

Nominations for Distinguished Achievers

Educators identify Distinguished Achievers based on excellence in a specific curricular area, leadership, overcoming obstacles to achievement or service.


A Celebration of Excellence also honors the Distinguished Educators who join students at the gala. Each student identifies the educator who has had the most positive impact on his or her life and writes a short message about why that educator was selected. Each educator selects a special book for the Distinguished Student which he or she felt would be meaningful in the coming years.

The Helena Education Foundation salutes these fine educators and thanks them for sharing their talents, knowledge, creativity and love of learning with our youth. They make a difference in our schools and community, one student and one class at a time.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Celebration of Excellence, please contact Lisa Cordingley at hef@mt.org or 443-2545.

Community Support

We also take this opportunity to acknowledge another important partnership – the role of the Helena community in

“I was so surprised, I was not expecting something so amazing as this. This achievement makes me proud to be to a HHS alumni.” – A Distinguished Scholar
a successful public education system. Thanks to the many community members, businesses, service groups and friends of the Helena Education Foundation who sponsored these exceptional students and educators as their guests this evening. Please thank them for their support.

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