Spotlight on Helena High School

Great Ideas Grants

Helena High has received a total of $92,188 from the Helena Education Foundation’s Great Ideas Grant program. Helena High’s Class of 1962 has chosen to celebrate its 50th reunion by pledging $25,000 over the next 5 years to support grants at their alma mater!

Carnival Classic

Helena High National Honor Society students and Bengal Football players volunteer their time at the annual HEF Carnival Classic. The most recent Carnival Classic included booths organized by Helena High DECA, Speech & Debate and HHS Football.

Helena High Principal Greg Upham has been an active participant in the Helena Education Foundation’s Leadership Institutes and Trading Places programs.
Helena High students have participated in the following HEF Issues Institutes and

Hot Topics in Science:

  • Staying in the Game: Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change
  • CSI Montana
  • The Tenth Amendment: Do States Still Matter?
  • The Balance of Power in a Democracy

Let’s Talk about Great Teachers

The following HHS educators have been honored by the Helena Education Foundation at Great Conversations as “Great Teachers”:Greg Upham, Kristen Lyndes, Lisa Parker, Don Pogreba and Steve Thennis.

Harrison Writing Awards

18 Helena High students have won Harrison Writing Awards since 2005 and each received $250 scholarships from the Helena Education Foundation for their top writing submissions. These writings appear in Pen & Ink magazine, which began as a Great Ideas Grant from HEF.

Vigilante Academy

Helena High has been involved in Vigilante Academy since it began in 2007 and is organized by business teacher, Willie Schlepp. This program takes place the day before the Vigilante Parade, offering students a series of workshops on financial topics, internet safety and planning for the future.

 

Celebration of Excellence

The following Helena High teachers have been honored as Distinguished Educators at the Celebration of Excellence:

  • Bob Adams 2007, 2006, 2003
  • Joe Anderson 2006
  • Mary Anderson 2010, 2007, 2006, 2003
  • Susan Bartels 2007, 2004
  • Henry Begler 2009, 2004
  • Hanna Bennett 2012
  • Margaret Belisle 2011, 2007, 2005
  • Rod Boyer 2005
  • Colette Buckley 2012
  • Clay Burkett 2012
  • David Campbell 2011, 2005
  • Sandy Casey 2007, 2005
  • Kathi Cates 2007
  • Darlene Chamberlain 2012, 2009
  • David Cooper 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • Tami Darlow 2005
  • Robyn Duff, 2009
  • Gretchen Edelen 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003
  • Kelley Edwards 2012
  • Scott Evans 2005
  • Judy Everett 2008, 2004
  • Cindy Galbavy 2010
  • Manuel Garza 2008, 2006
  • John George 2008, 2003
  • Ron Greenwood 2010
  • Daniel Haasakker 2006
  • John Hartman 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • Zach Hawkins 2008
  • Lee Holmes 2009, 2008
  • Rob Holter 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007
  • Walt Jones, 2009
  • Debbra Klein 2010
  • Trisha Klock 2010
  • Julie Ladd 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Patrick Larson 2008
  • Rob Loveridge 2011, 2008, 2006
  • Joy Lustgraaf 2010, 2008
  • Catherine Lynd 2012, 2004
  • Beth Mazanec 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005
  • Kathy McCain, 2009
  • Jerry McCarthy 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Josh McKay 2007, 2006
  • Steve Michelson 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004
  • Diane More 2010, 2004
  • Christina Murgel 2012, 2010, 2007, 2006
  • Jason Murgel 2007
  • Jan Olson 2003
  • Lisa Parker 2008
  • Linda Paull 2008
  • Julietta Pederson 2010, 2008, 2006
  • Don Pogreba 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
  • Geoff Proctor 2011, 2009, 2007, 2003
  • Kathleen Prody 2008
  • Missy Sampson 2012, 2009
  • Sheri Sautter 2007
  • Heidi Scanlon 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Marty Scanlon 2010, 2008, 2005
  • Jim Schulz 2010, 2005
  • Doug Shenkle 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004
  • Danna Sinnott 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • Buffy Smith 2012, 2009
  • Carl Straub 2006
  • Rick Streib 2004
  • Shane Syndergaard 2007, 2005
  • Dave Thennis 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • Stephanie Thennis 2009, 2007, 2004
  • Steve Thennis 2004, 2003
  • Terry Thomas 2011
  • Keri Upham 2008, 2006
  • Jill Van Alstyne 2011, 2009, 2006
  • Greg Wald 2008
  • Sandy Wardell 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
  • Niki Whearty 2008
  • Sheila Williams 2007
  • Dee Winterburn 2003