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H E L E N A E D U C A T I O N F O U N D A T I O N
AND THE
DISTINGUISHED
EDUCATORS
WHO
INSPIRED THEM
2 0 1 3
HONORING
DISTINGUISHED
SCHOLARS
AND
ACHIEVERS
A Celebration
EXCELLENCE
of
A Celebration
EXCELLENCE
of
H E L E N A E D U C A T I O N F O U N D A T I O N
2 0 1 3
HONORING THE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS
AND ACHIEVERS OF THE CLASS OF 2013
AND THEIR DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS
May Thirteenth, Two Thousand and Thirteen
Best Western Helena, Great Northern Hotel H Helena, Montana
THE
HELENA
EDUCATION FOUNDATION
PRESENTS
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Tim Lynch
President
Carol Clifford
President-elect
Duane Wright
Treasurer
Denny DesRosier
Secretary
Dean Bjerke
Ben Boutilier-Mow
Capital High
Student board representative
Corey Crum
Lynn Etchart
Kent Kultgen
Kendra Lenhardt
Jason Loble
Clare Menahan
Helena High
Student board representative
Nancy Nicholson
Jim Rickman
Sarah Scott
Lisa Cordingley
Executive Director
Lynn Bubb
Program Coordinator
Teresa Geremia-Chart
Development Director
Kim Harris
Accountant
Libby Goldes
Chair
Cherche Prezeau
Vice Chair
Terry Beaver
Joe Cohenour
Ellen Feaver
Don Jones
Robin LeNeve
Libbi Lovshin
Aidan Myhre
Michael O’Neil
Clare Menahan
HHS Student Representative
Emily Grinsell
CHS Student Representative
Dr. Kent Kultgen
Superintendent of Schools
Walt Chancy
Principal,
Capital High School
Frank Jobe
Principal, Project for
Alternative Learning
Steve Thennis
Principal,
Helena High School
Helena
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Helena
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CONNECTIONS
The Helena Education Foundation serves as an important link
between community and public education, providing enriching
programs and support for teachers, students, and Helena schools
that contribute to the outstanding academic opportunities for the
next generation: the over 8,000 students currently in our public
schools. Key to HEF’s innovation and success is the understand-
ing that excellent public schools forge healthy communities,
places we all want to live, work, and play.
PROGRAMS
HEF’s programs benefit students, teachers, parents, administra-
tors, and the community. No doubt, you or someone you know
has been impacted by our work.
n CarnivalClassic kicks off each school year with a community-
wide event. n Fabulous Firsts gives to every incoming first
grader (over 500), an award-winning, hard cover book of his or
her own. n Great Conversations provides a night of thought-
provoking conversation about relevant topics to promote contin-
uous learning. n Great Ideas Grants awards over $40,000
annually to teachers for special and innovative classroom projects.
n Celebration of Excellence honors distinguished graduating
scholars, achievers, and their teachers—celebrating excellence,
drive,andleadership. n VigilanteAcademy providesworkshops
on life skills and leadership to high school students n Trading
Places provides administrators the opportunity to view leader-
ship responsibilities in the public sector and business and com-
munity leaders to experience the role of school administrator.
n Let’sTalkAboutGreatTeachers acknowledges, at the Great
Conversations event, those special teachers who make a differ-
ence in the lives of our children every day. n Issues Institutes
provide a forum for Helena public school teachers, students and
community members to learn from leading professionals around
the country. n Harrison Writing Awards focus on the impor-
tance of good writing skills and recognize outstanding young
writers with cash awards. n ThePen & Inkpublication features
the creative work of student writers and artists. n Leadership
Institutes provide professional development for district admin-
istrators about the latest leadership and management techniques
from experts and community leaders.
OUR MISSION
The MISSION of the Helena Education Foundation is to enrich
education in the Helena Public Schools through consistent com-
munity investment of time, talent, funding and other resources,
providing students, staff, and the community with unparalleled
educational opportunities and experiences. The Foundation:
 Promotes the understanding that everyone in the
community is responsible for creating quality public
education.
 Inspires parents, businesses and the community to partici-
pate with the school district in enriching education.
 Recognizes and celebrates student academic success.
 Increases the visibility and value of Helena public schools.
 Commends staff for creative and innovative teaching.
STRUCTURE
The Helena Education Foundation
 Is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity and philanthropic organization
of local citizens independent of the Helena Public School Dis-
trict but one that is complementary and collaborative with it.
 Works to increase private support for public education
above and beyond that which is constitutionally mandated
and provided.
 Serves as a catalyst and funding source for new and innovative
ideas, programs and education methods.
A B O U T T H E H E L E N A E D U C AT I O N F O U N DAT I O N
Helena eDucaTion founDaTion
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DiaMonD PaRTneR
Tim Ballweber, D.D.S.
Beartooth NBC
Cherry Creek Radio
Lisa & Tom Cordingley
Lee Harrison, M.D.
& Fred Olson
Turner Foundation, Inc.
Ruby PaRTneR
Allegiance Benefit Plan
Management, Inc.
Anonymous
Independent Record
LifeTouch
Montana Book & Toy Company
Montana Community
Foundation
Alan & Nancy Nicholson
Sandy Mac’s Distributing
Sodexo School Services
Student Assistance
Foundation
Treacy Foundation
Ron & Mignon Waterman
Western States Insurance
eMeRalD PaRTneR
American Federal
Savings Banks
Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Montana
Chelsey & Mike Frank
Jeff & Libby Goldes
St. Peter’s Hospital
Washington Corporations
SilveR PaRTneR
Allegra Print & Imaging
Anderson Zurmuehlen
& Co., PC and EBR
Anonymous
Anonymous
Helen & Bill Ballinger
John & Jennifer Bloomquist
Crowley Fleck, PLLP
D.A. Davidson
Luke Duran,
Element L Design
First Interstate Bank
First Student
Great Northern Hotel
Helena Education Association
Helena Kiwanis Club
Montana Broom & Brush
Montana Eyecare
Brian Morris &
Cherche Prezeau
Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
Mosaic Architecture, PC
Mountain West Bank
Northwestern Energy
Robert Peccia & Associates
Pepsi Cola of Helena
Don Pogreba*
Rick Pyfer, Doubek Pyfer & Fox
Sarah Scott
Jon Satre & Paulette Etchart
South Hills Medical Group II
US Bank
William & Judy Walter
Duane & Sue Wright
SaPPHiRe PaRTneR
The Base Camp
Donna Burgess
Browning, Kaleczyc,
Berry & Hoven, PC
Carol Clifford &
Edward Thomson
Terry Cohea
Diamond Construction
Denny & Nikki DesRosier
Mark & Lynn Etchart
Eliza Frazer & Barry Hood
Frontier Club
Telephone Pioneers
Jane & Rick Hays
Helena Kidsports
Philip A. Hohenlohe
& Andrea Rankin
Marilyn Hudson
Greg & Connie Johnson
Donald & Sandy Jones*
Information Technology Core
Cindy Lewis
Jason & Sarah Loble
Todd & Libbi Lovshin
Luxan & Murfitt
McMahon Wall & Hubley
Law Firm, PLLC
Keith & Katie Meyer
Richard & Neva Porte
Barb & Bill Ridgway*
Rock Hand Hardware
Sullivan Financial Group
Valley Bank
Zelco Limited Partnership
2012-2013 funD DRive PaRTneRS
Thanks to these generous businesses and donors for supporting the
Helena Education Foundation and public education in our community.
This list reflects gifts received from April 2012 through April 2013
The greatest care was taken to ensure the accuracy of this donor roll;
if an error has occurred, please contact us at 443-2545 so we may correct it.
* Denotes a Helena Public School District employee
Helena eDucaTion founDaTion
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aMeTHyST PaRTneR
Mike & Ginger Agee
Aidan Myhre & John Alke
Robert & Susan Andersen
Terry & Patty Beaver
Charlotte Bowenhollow
Jane Briney
Art & Amie Butler
Chapter AO PEO
Matthew & Kim Dale
Mike Dalton
Mary Jane Davidson
Dennis & Priscilla Dickert
Downtown Helena
Ray Flaherty & Lisa Larsen
The Floor Show
Chuck Johnson
and Patricia Hunt
Dianne Kuehn
Dan & Marcy McLean
Justin Mosness
John Mott & Elaine Spino
Payne Financial Group, Inc
John Ribic & Carla Kingsley
Rocky Mountain
Credit Union
Douglas & Cathy Shenkle
Starbucks
Karen Stout-Suenram
Dana Toole & Jeff Folsom
Margaret L. Woo
Beth & Steve Yeakel
bRonze PaRTneR
Bob & Carolyn Adams
Chuck & Lana Anderson
W. R. & Colleen Anderson
David Ashley,
Helena Hardwoods
Dianne L. Beaman
Gordon Bennett &
Norma Tirrell
Sara Berg
Ron & Connie Bergum
Judy Birch
Steven & Kellee Blom
Jock & Tere Bovington
Tina Brothers & Todd Tillinger*
James B. & Laura G. Brown
Bonnie Bowler
Shawn & Lynn Bubb
Steve & Lisa Bullock
Carol Bruderer*
William & Judy Carrigan
John F. Chart &
Teresa Geremia-Chart*
William C. &
Joyce E. Clausen
Matthew Cohn &
Mary Ellen Holverson
Thomas & Mary Conklin
Mike & Pat Cotter
Todd & Kim Damrow
Corey Crum
Loren Davis,
Davis Business Machines
S. Jean Deveer
William Dewey and
Rosana Skelton
Diana & Tom Dowling
Ken & Liz Eden, M.D.
Kelly Elder*
Lisa Evans
Merry Fahrman*
Ellen & Eric Feaver
Carol Fergerson
Ghost Art Gallery
Beverly Gibson
Fritz & Cheryl Gillespie
Kris & Melissa Godlewski
Leila Goldes
John & Sue Green
Judith E. Hart
Don Harriott &
Carol McKerrow
Martha A. Hawkins
Charitable Trust
Helena Administrators Fund
Laura Holmes
Hughes, Kellner,
Sullivan & Alke, PLLP
Mary Johnson
Kent & Elizabeth Jones
Dick & Barb Kain
Stan and Holly Kaleczyc
Lance & Kathy Kidder*
Randall LeCocq
& Sheri Sprigg
Robert & Robin Le Neve
Kendra Lenhardt
Amos Rogers Little
Tim & Piper Lynch
Jane McDonald*
Rebecca McLaughlin
V.J. & Maureen Maddio
Patty Mazurek
Mark & Petra Meek
John & Marcia Maynard
Mike Menahan
Mile High United Way
Chris & Marcia Miller
R.L. & M.L. Mires
Bob & Gayle Moon
Montana Shares
Paul & Orpha
Montgomery
Bob Morgan &
Carl Deitchman
Jeff & Jeannie Morrison
Ken & Sherry Morrison
Milton & Rita Munson
Vanessa Nasset*
Jonathan & Dana Nehring
Jason P. Neiffer
& Allison James
Dale & Dawn Newell
Wendy Nicolai
E.W. & Sandra Olsen
Tom Pedersen*
Alan & Rachel Peura
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Dennis & Nancy Peterson*
Dr. Lawrence K. Pettit
Chris Phelps &
Peggy Hollow-Phelps*
Kevin & Candida Quinn
Deborah Rainey
& James Maher
Jim Rickman
Patrick & Karen Rillahan*
Paul T. Ringling
Joan Rolling
Kay & Joe Robertson
Darrell & Judy Rud
Emilia Satre
Kay Satre & Tim Meloy
Spencer Shropshire
& Susan Epstein
Donald & Laurie Skillman
Vicki Smith
Peter Sullivan
Summit Business Forms
Steve & Anna Thennis*
Melinda Thompson*
Donna & Gary Turcott
Doug Turman &
Mary Lee Larison
Valley Sand & Gravel
Bob Vogel
John & Janet Walsh
Mike & Kenda Younker
fRienDS of THe
founDaTion
Carl & Andree Anderberg*
Jock & Catherine Anderson
Clyde J. & Sally R. Angove
Tom Altmaier
Pam Attardo &
Bill Tonidandel
Deb Bakke
Kareen & Arthur Bangert*
Ashley Basten
Diane & Michael Bayuk
Big Dipper
Big Sky Cyclery
Pam Birkeland*
Boxwoods
Ann Brodsky & Bob Ream
Marie Brazier
Matt & Jane Brophy*
Joy Bruck
Susan & Bret Brunner
Cinemark
Carr L. Cleveland
Phyllis Clifford
Maggi & Tom Corbett
The Creperie
Karen Cutler
Dairy Queen
Douglas C. Dellwo*
Bruce & Deah Dunkle*
Caleb Fey
General Mercantile
Heidi Goettel & Bob Cochran
Rebecca Haddad
Barbara Harris
Ralph & Billie Higgins
Mary Kay Howarth
Bill & Jan Hubber
Andy Hunthausen
& Pam Ponich
John Ilgenfritz
Deb Jacobsen*
Kiely Keane & Michael Green
Kirby Lambert
Krista & Cody Lechleitner
Diane Lee
Olivia Le Tellier
Teresa Lightbody
Donna Sue &
Arnold Lyon, DDS
Steve Maly & Alice Stanley
MacKenzie River Pizza Co.
Steve & Sunny Ray Mandeville
Marie McAlear
Dennis & Janel McCall
Maureen McCarthy Oelkers
John J. & Linda McCluskey
John McEwen & Mary Musil
Stephen & Marjorie
McGinley
Tony & Dorene Menichino
David & Grace Mergenthaler
Stephen & Christina Mest
Jonathan & Lorna Milne Motl
Julie & Doug Mitchell*
Montana City Bank
John Moore &
Ann Waickman
Louise Moore & Hal Aasen
Kelly Moorse
Lucy Morell-Gengler
& Daniel Gengler
John G. Mundinger
Margaret O’Connor
& Daryl Chan
Maynard & Shirley Olson
Park Avenue Bakery
Lisa Gay Parker*
Shelley & Donald Pelc*
Cindy Peterson*
Sherryl Perdue
Bill Pratt
Poo Putsch
Madalyn Quinlan
& Brian Garrity
Steffen Rasile
Marie L. Rausch*
Berma Saxton
William & Mary Jo Seel
Mike Schechtman
& Holly Bander
Bob & Billie Shepard
Connie Skiftun
Sole Sisters
Deborah & Mark Starr
Ward Stiles
John Stults & Daphne Crosbie
Patrick Sullivan
Bob Swartout
Taco del Sol
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Target
Beverly Tatz
Bob Throssell &
Carolyn Clemens
Rudy Tomich
Cindy & Jim Utterback
Nicolet Whearty
Ronald & Susan Zeiler
In memory of
Dorothy Charlene Fivecoat
Helena Administrators Fund
In memory of Almeda Benson
Helena Administrators Fund
In memory of John Munson
Helena Administrators Fund
In memory of
Connie Mouritsen
Deb Jacobsen*
In memory of Nikki Keller
Gretchen & Marty Heller
Keith & Katie Meyer
In memory of Don Lavson
Maynard & Shirley Olson
In memory of Gary VanGerpen
Stephen & Marjorie McGinley
In memory of Mike Mikota
Steve & Sunny Ray
Mandeville
In memory of Sue Clarke
Gordon Bennett
& Norma Tirrell
Marie Brazier
Susan & Bret Brunner
Shawn & Lynn Bubb
Karen Cutler
Rebecca Haddad
Gretchen & Marty Heller
Bill & Jan Hubber
Greg & Connie Johnson
Linda Knoblock
Diane Lee
Ron Lee
David & Grace
Mergenthaler
Keith & Katie Meyer
Barbara Muir
John G. Mundinger
Carol Schmidt &
Gerry McCarthy*
David Wee &
Karen Herseth Wee
Helena HigH
claSS of 1962
HEF is grateful to the
members of the
Helena High Class of 1962
who, in celebration of
their 50th reunion, are
contributing $25,000
to HEF over the next
five years to fund
Great Ideas Grants
Robert & Susan Andersen
William & Joyce Clausen
Thomas Conklin
John & Cherie Dahl
John Darlow
Jean Deveer
(In memory of John Arnen)
Bernard & Caren Garrison
Mary Ellen Gunstone
John Langhorne
Kenneth Larson & Linda
Adams
James & Marilyn McMahon
D.R. Maddux
Mary Ann Marshall
R.L. & M.L. Mires
Sheryl Perdue
Bill & Billie Ranard
Mary Sterling
Jane Thayer
William & Judy Walter
To Make a DonaTion: The Foundation is a legally incorporated, non-profit
charitable and educational corporation in the State of Montana. Its status as a
501(c)(3) foundation allows it to receive and distribute funds, property and gifts
of any kind for the benefit of public schools located in Helena. It also maintains a
qualified endowment. Planned gifts are eligible for the Montana State Tax Credit.
For more information about making a donation, contact Lisa Cordingley,
Executive Director, at (406) 443-2545 or at hef@mt.net or donations can be
made online at www.hefmt.org.
HEF would also like to
recognize and thank those
state and federal employees
who gave through their
State and Federal Giving
Campaigns, but who
chose not to be
acknowledged by name.
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THank you To ouR evenT SPonSoRS:
Timothy C. Ballweber, D.D.S., M.S.
A Celebration
EXCELLENCE
of
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STuDenTS
A Celebration of Excellence recognizes exceptional students who have demonstrated their efforts in the classroom,
school and in the community day after day, year after year. Distinguished Scholars were selected on the basis of
criteria developed by high school students, teachers and administrators, including grade point average; number of
honors, advanced placement and other higher level courses; total credit hours; activities; and community service.
High school teachers nominated Distinguished Achievers based on excellence in a specific curricular area, leadership,
service or overcoming obstacles to achievement.
eDucaToRS
A Celebration of Excellence honors the Distinguished Educators. Each student identified an educator to recognize
who has had a significant, positive impact on his or her life and wrote a short message about why that educator was
selected. 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.
n Demonstrates community appreciation for
the efforts of public school students, edu-
cators and parents;
n Acknowledges the critical partnership
among schools, home, business and the
community;
n Provides a positive reinforcement for
younger students and a goal for which they
can strive; and
n Involves the community and business in
building awareness and confidence in our
public schools.
WelcoMe To a
celebRaTion of eXcellence!
A Celebration of Excellence provides public recognition of
extraordinary public school students and outstanding educators.
By honoring achievements of these individuals, the Foundation:
AND THE
DISTINGUISHED
EDUCATORS
WHO
INSPIRED THEM
2 0 1 3
HONORING
DISTINGUISHED
SCHOLARS
AND
ACHIEVERS
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ScHolaR eDucaToR
Jordan Barrows Rob Loveridge
Helena High Helena High
Cory Briar Julie Mitchell
Helena High PEAK
Austin Burns Sandy Wardell
Helena High Helena High
Madison Case Peg Hartman
Helena High Helena Middle School
Katherine Chamberlain Don Pogreba
Helena High Helena High
Tucker Costain Marianne Schadt
Helena High Capital High
Thomas Culver Ryan Schulte
Helena High Helena High
Mackenzie Donnelly Deah Dunkle
Helena High Smith Elementary
Duncan Ellis Ed Darfler
Capital High Rossiter Elementary
Emma Foster Kirk Ermels
Helena High formerly Helena High
Megan Giddings Scott Lane
Capital High Capital High
Casey Jacobson Matt Lyng
Capital High Capital High
Baird Linke Doug Shenkle
Helena High Helena High, retired
ScHolaR eDucaToR
Brian Marsh Laurie Simms
Capital High Capital High
Kyle Matthews Danna Sinnott
Helena High Helena High, retired
Madison McCarthy Charla Kempa
Helena High Central Elementary
Heather Olson Judi Grimes
Helena High East Valley Middle School
Katya Peterson Karey Conn
Capital High Capital High
Jeana Ratcliff Lori Watson
Capital High formerly Radley Elementary
Samantha Robinson Amanda Curtis
Helena High formerly Helena Middle School
Brian Rogge John Peskey
Helena High Helena High
Madeline Scherting Peggy Chamberlain
Helena High Montana City School
Kate Shea Matt Brophy
Helena High Helena High
Colt Smith Duane Zehr
Capital High Capital High
Dominick Speranza John Chart
Capital High Capital High
Anastazia Vanisko Jay Partridge
Capital High Capital High
Distinguished Scholars were selected on the basis of criteria
developed by high school students, teachers and administrators,
including grade point average; number of honors, advanced
placement and other higher level courses; total credit hours;
activities and community service.
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acHieveR eDucaToR
Elizabeth Allen Mary Ann Barbie-Rice
Capital High Capital High
Gunnar Brekke Lon Carter
Capital High Capital High, retired
Levi Dawes J.D. Solomon
Capital High Capital High
Gabriella DeMarinis Dennis Peterson
Capital High Capital High
Courtney Dowling Clay Burkett
Helena High Helena High
Kandace Fode Shaun Deola
Capital High Capital High
Benjamin Fox Gerald McCarthy
Helena High Helena High
Beth Glueckert Kelley Morand
Capital High Capital High
Kayla Green Ingrid Jaynes
Capital High Capital High
Danni Hamper Genevieve Anderson
Capital High Capital High
Jason Hand Emily Petersen
Project for Alternative Learning Project for Alternative Learning
Allison Hartman Kelly Stoner
Capital High Capital High
acHieveR eDucaToR
Kaelin Horne Sandee Badger
Helena High Clancy Elementary, retired
Hannah Johnson Gary Long
Capital High Capital High
Keely Inez Larson Tony Smith
Capital High C.R. Anderson Middle School
Brad Lewis John Miller
Capital High Capital High
Johnathan Mahoney Greg Wald
Project for Alternative Learning Project for Alternative Learning
Marisa Sanchez Autumn Johnstone
Capital High formerly Smith Elementary
Cheyenne Steffens Anne Bartsch
Capital High Hawthorne Elementary
Margaret Sullivan Jonna Schwartz
Helena High Helena High
Andy Waterman Tom Pedersen
Capital High Capital High
Elijah Wynn Jim Schulz
Helena High Helena High
Devin Younker Terri Atwood
Helena High Clancy Elementary
High school teachers nominated Distinguished Achievers
based on excellence in a specific curricular area, leadership,
overcoming obstacles to achievement, or service.
PARENTS
Steve Allen
Kelly Allen
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Assistant to three ballet teachers
Leadership program
with youth at church
Sunday School volunteer
Art
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Work for a year after high school,
attend Helena College for core
classes and then transfer to
Montana State University in
Bozeman. I want to eventually be
a high school art teacher.
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I am very glad and honored to have met Mrs. Barbie-Rice. She is the
most helpful art teacher I have ever had and doesn’t leave us lost,
on our own with a painting when we are stuck. When you ask her a
question about the subject of art, she knows what to say. She has taught
me all of the basic aspects about art, even those that apply to life.
It has been amazing having her as my teacher in more ways than one.
If I walked into her classroom feeling gloomy, she would be there with
the smile of a friend. She would do anything to help her students and
they all love her. The atmosphere in her class has always been one of
respect. I have a dream of being a teacher and she is the one who
inspired me to go ahead with it. She has taught me to never give up
until you reach your goal.
Distinguished Achiever
Elizabeth Allen
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Mary Ann Barbie-Rice
Capital High School
elizabeTH allen
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PARENTS
Merwin Barrows
Sandra Barrows
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
National Honor Society
National Merit Finalist
LINK Crew Leader
Band President
Science Club Secretary/Treasurer
Science Bowl
3-7-77’s Club Treasurer
Genetics Internship at
Shodair Children’s Hospital
SMART Team
FIRST Robotics Team
Biology Club
Math Club
Varsity Cross Country
Varsity Track & Field
PEAK G/T
Helena High Wind Symphony, Jazz Band,
Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble
Carroll College Jazz Combo
Drumming performances at churches
and community events
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University of Arizona where
I plan to study microbiology and
astronomy and play in the marching
band, after which I want to travel
around the world.
In a nutshell, Mr. Loveridge is everything I could ask for in a band
teacher. From the moment I walked into band class as a freshman,
he has made me love every minute I spend playing music.
Mr. Loveridge’s musical talent and passion for teaching, along with
his quirky sense of humor and vibrant enthusiasm, make for an
unparalleled learning experience in and out of the band room. With
his inspiration, I will enjoy music for many years to come. Thanks
for everything you do, Mr. Loveridge!
Distinguished Educator
Rob Loveridge
Helena High School
Distinguished Scholar
Jordan Barrows
Helena High School
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PARENTS
Ray Brekke
Kari Brekke
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Captain of the CHS Football
and Track teams
Helped make sandbags for
houses during the
spring flood of 2011
Participated in the NAMI Walk
for two years
Helped set up for Governor Bullock’s
Inauguration at the Lewis and Clark
County Fairgrounds
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
where I will play football and
enroll in the Health and Human
Performance program to attain a
degree in physical therapy.
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I chose Lon Carter as my distinguished educator, because he has had a
much bigger effect on my life outside of athletics than one may think. I
remember as a freshman, Mr. Carter was always hounding me and
pushing me to be better, even when I thought I couldn’t be. It is this atti-
tude in life that I feel separates mediocrity from greatness. I feel it is
true in any aspect of life, whether it be athletic competition, school, or
competing businesses; the one who puts in the most work will receive
the biggest reward. Mr. Carter has also always been someone I talk to
when I am in need of guidance and more often than not, he is the first
one I go to. Mr. Carter is a second father to me, and I try every day to
live my life by the lessons he has taught me. He has had an enormous
impact on my athletic career and my education. I will forever be grate-
ful for my four years with him, and will most definitely seek his guid-
ance in college and later in life. I thank him from the bottom of my
heart, and I can never be thankful enough for his impact on my life.
Distinguished Educator
Lon Carter
Capital High School, retired
Distinguished Achiever
Gunnar Brekke
Capital High School
gunnaR bRekke
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PARENTS
Lori Tuck
Dave Briar
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Music: guitar,
mandolin, banjo
Wire Choir
Jazz Band
Guitar teacher at
Piccolos Music
PEAK G/T
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Western Washington
University in Bellingham,
Washington, to study psychology
and maintain a musical job/hobby.
Julie Mitchell subscribes to every goal she asks of her students.
While she encouraged me and my classmates to go big, she herself
continually pushed the edge of her own comfort zone with the
events she organized. Mrs. Mitchell never stops at ‘good enough’,
but continually seeks to redefine what she can give to her students.
In addition to being an excellent teacher, she sees herself as a personal
mentor to each student, pushing all to improve individually. I still see
myself as her student; I am still learning from her.
Distinguished Educator
Julie Mitchell
PEAK Gifted & Talented
Distinguished Scholar
Cory Briar
Helena High School
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Gregory Burns
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Helena High School
Varsity Swim Team
Helena Lions Swim Team
Academic All State
State Championship Swim Team
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
President of the
National Honor Society
Co-President of the Biology Club
Member of the
State HOSA Team
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend college to study chemistry
and biology and then attend
medical school.
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Ms. Sandy Wardell has had a profound impact upon my life. Her
enthusiasm and dedication to biology first cultivated my passion for
medicine, and she has continued to influence my decisions regarding
my choice of study. As Co-President of the Biology Club, I appreciated
her mentorship because she opened my eyes to the diverse fields of
biology, and I credit her with fostering my love of the life sciences.
Without Ms. Wardell, I would not be where I am today, and her
influence continues to help guide my life choices.
Distinguished Scholar
Austin Burns
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Sandy Wardell
Helena High School
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Kristy Case
Dan Case
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
HHS Bengalettes Co-Captain
MTAD, Mentoring
Teens against Drugs
Student Council
National Honor Society
Holter Museum of Art volunteer
Link Crew Leader
Volunteer on mission trips
serving the community
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University
of Portland.
Mrs. Hartman’s class was never short of exciting. Her enthusiastic
teaching, along with her endless joy, created a fun learning
environment that made even the most boring topics interesting,
while her bright smile could lift anyone’s day. Her willingness to help
students and ensure their learning and understanding demonstrated
her love for teaching. Not only did she teach us about the Incans,
Mayans, and Aztecs, she also taught us to be creative and adventurous,
opening our minds to the possibilities and wonders of the world.
Thank you, Mrs. Hartman, for making my middle school experience
a little bit brighter.
Distinguished Scholar
Madison Case
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Peg Hartman
Helena Middle School, retired
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James Chamberlain
Tina Chamberlain
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
President and Founder
of Math Club
Vice President of Science Club
Participant on Science Bowl
A-Team
National Honor Society
Helena Planned Parenthood
Teen Council community service
Pep Band as Flute/Piccolo
Section Leader
Helena High Percussion
Ensemble
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend a four-year university
and travel, experiencing as many
other cultures as I can, and pursue
a writing career after college.
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Mr. Pogreba’s class was the first English class I ever thoroughly enjoyed.
It was no regular English class where we learned about grammar while
simultaneously talking about the “moral of the story”. Mr. Pogreba
made his class one of the most informative I’ve ever taken, as well
as the most fun and applicable. From spending a week as a prosecuting
attorney in a mock trial to having debates about my hero, Chris
McCandless, my experiences in his class altered the way I view the
vast store of external knowledge around me that some call the world.
Distinguished Scholar
Katherine Chamberlain
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Don Pogreba
Helena High School
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PARENTS
Betsy Brandborg
Brent Costain
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Cross Country
Track
Jazz and Pep Band
Tutor
Polling judge volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend either Lewis and Clark
College or the University of
Puget Sound. I plan to minor
in music and major in
something to do with biology,
mainly conservation.
Mrs. Schadt was my freshman Honors English teacher and
I chose her as my Distinguished Educator for the Helena
Education Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence because
of those exact terms. When I was a timid and oblivious
freshman, Mrs. Schadt introduced me to a new level of
expectation. With a cheerful and loving personality, she set
a standard for her students with a powerful belief in our
abilities. She expanded my writing skills and guided me on a
path to excellence.
Distinguished Educator
Marianne Schadt
Capital High School
Distinguished Scholar
Tucker Costain
Helena High School
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Sally Beck
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Science Bowl Team Captain,
State Champions
Science Club President
Boy Scouts of America
Thespians
National Honor Society
Employed at the
Myrna Loy Center
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Brown University.
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Mr. Ryan Schulte is a stellar guy. With Kennedy-esque charisma and
Woodrow Wilson’s abilities as an educator, Mr. Schulte excels at both
teaching history with a verve and dedication equaled by few of his
peers, and in relating entertaining anecdotes on subjects ranging
from his service in Iraq to his noisy dog. As both a student and a
teaching assistant, I have had the chance to learn from and work
with this top-notch educator. He has taught my fellows and me a
great deal and deserves this honor.
Distinguished Educator
Ryan Schulte
Helena High School
Distinguished Scholar
Thomas Culver
Helena High School
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Ray Dawes
Staci Dawes
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Varsity Football Captain
Varsity Basketball Captain
Varsity Track
All Conference First
Team Football
All State First Team Football
Capital High Defensive Line
MVPl and Defensive MVP
East/West Shrine Game
Nominee & Player
Montana/North Dakota All Star
Game Nominee & Player
Peer Mentoring
Volunteer Youth Sports Coach,
Baseball and Flag Football
Academic All State in
Football, Basketball and Track
Honor Roll
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana Tech in Butte
to play football and study to
become a teacher and coach.
As a freshman and junior, I walked into “Papa Solomon’s” World Cul-
ture and U.S. History room and read the first rule on the syllabus:
“proper use of the word like.” Right then I knew, like right then that this
teacher and his classes were going to be challenging. His classroom was
always a great journey whether we were traveling somewhere in our
notes, working on projects or just playing “Current Events.” I learned
from him and his crazy first rule that our words are often what make a
first impression. I also learned that being accountable is important. Mr.
Solomon is not only a great teacher, but he is also a great coach and role
model. He has taught me that regardless of how much we have going on
in our lives, it is important to prioritize the important things and stay fo-
cused. After two years, I know I want to be just like him. Thank you for
being my inspiration and for helping me get where I am today!
Distinguished Achiever
Levi Dawes
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
J.D. Solomon
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Rick DeMarinis
Kathy DeMarinis
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Capital High Valedictorian
Swimming, All-State & Academic
All-State
Chamber Orchestra, Section Leader
State Music Festival, Superior Rating
Youth Alive, Secretary/Treasurer
National Honor Society
Helena School District Educational/
Facility Planning Steering Committee,
CHS Representative
Cathedral of St. Helena, Bible Camp
Group Leader & Music Ministry
Meuret’s Swingin’ Strings
Helena Lions Swim Team
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
I have accepted an appointment
to the United States Military
Academy at West Point.
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I have been extremely blessed to have Mr. Peterson as my math teacher
these past two years. He has an amazing ability to explain complex
concepts in a way that really connects with me, even when our calculus
equations have more letters than numbers. He always knows when
I need help and how best to help me. But equally important,
Mr. Peterson is the kind of teacher who makes learning fun. He is
always ready to share a joke or funny story, and the joy he has for
teaching is truly inspiring. Thank you, Mr. Peterson!
Distinguished Achiever
Gabriella DeMarinis
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Dennis Peterson
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Peter Donnelly
Lynn Donnelly
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Presidential Scholar Candidate
4.0 Cumulative GPA
Varsity Volleyball letter, 2 years
Varsity Basketball letter, 2 years
Varsity Softball letter, 2 years
Western All-Conference
Softball Team Member
Catholic Youth Coalition
Board Member
LINK Crew Member
MTAD Member
HOSA Member
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend a four year university
to study biological
or chemical engineering
with a minor in Spanish.
Every day that I walked into Mrs. Dunkle’s classroom was an adventure.
Engaging fifth graders is by no means an easy task. Mrs. Dunkle
managed to not only keep me deeply interested, but sparked a love
for science in me that lasts to this day. By encouraging me to question
the natural world and allowing a hands-on approach to investigation,
she showed me how fascinating the environment can be. She taught
me to look at the world with a different perception, inspiring me with
her love of science and nature.
Distinguished Educator
Deah Dunkle
Smith Elementary
Distinguished Scholar
Mackenzie Donnelly
Helena High School
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PARENTS
Mike Dowling
Sherri Dowling
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Link Crew
3-7-77’s Service Club
Peer Mentoring
National Honor Society
DECA, past marketing director
and current president
DECA, state placement for events
in community service
Math Club
Helena High Varsity Cheer Captain
Helena Exchange Club Youth
of the Month
Volunteer at God’s Love, Salvation
Army, Toys for Tots, Team Austin
Rodeo for a boy with Leukemia,
Race for the Cure, Governor’s Cup,
NAMI Walk, Go for the Gold fundraiser
for childhood cancer, Festival of Trees
and Santa’s Room
Co-planned a benefit carnival for an
eight year old with a rare bone
cancer, raising $22,000 to help with
her medical expenses
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
to study physical therapy,
and later specialize
in pediatrics.
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Math has always been one of my favorite subjects; however, Mr. Burkett’s
math class fostered an even greater fondness for it. I found myself
wanting to learn more each day. He showed genuine care toward
everyone. I had Mr. Burkett my junior year of high school, a year I was
also battling some difficult and ongoing health issues. When it began
to impact my school life, Mr. Burkett did not hesitate to help. He knew
I would want to maintain my 4.0 GPA and would email me daily with
work and notes to keep me up to date with the class, proving to me that
teachers truly care about their students. Not only did Mr. Burkett help
me through an extremely difficult time, but he has also continued to be
very motivating and an inspiration for me. He has influenced me to
choose a career in which I can make a change and use my life experi-
ences to guide me into doing my best. With such a humble personality,
he will never truly grasp how he has influenced my life, and will change
many more students to come.
Distinguished Educator
Clay Burkett
Helena High School
Distinguished Achiever
Courtney Dowling
Helena High School
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PARENTS
Tami Ellis
Dirk Ellis
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Varsity Cross Country
Varsity Track
Academic All-State for
Cross Country and Track
Helena Food Share Volunteer
Our Redeemers Lutheran Church
Youth Leader
Tri-M Music Honors
Society Treasurer
Math Club Treasurer
Outdoors Club Co-President
National Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
to study engineering.
I have been lucky and honored to have been taught, coached, and
mentored by Ed Darfler since I was in Kindergarten. All through
grade school I looked forward to going to gym class so I could see
“Mr. Mean;” his name of endearment from all his students. He made
every gym day something new and exciting. Mr. Darfler has always
believed in me, from Kindergarten through my senior year, even when
I doubted my own ability. He taught me that with hard work and
determination, anything is possible. Thank you, Mr. Darfler!
Distinguished Educator
Ed Darfler
Rossiter Elementary
Distinguished Scholar
Duncan Ellis
Capital High School
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PARENTS
John Hartman
Denise Hartman
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Venture Scouts
Community service
Track and Field
Basketball
Volleyball
Softball
Soccer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Helena College for two years
and transfer to the University
of Montana where I will major
in criminology, and minor in
behavioral psychology to pursue
a career in law enforcement
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When I picture achievement and success, Shaun Deola is my image.
He teaches psychology and government, my two favorite classes and
top picks for my college major. Mr. Deola is a hardworking, education
hungry, caring individual who takes time to get to know his students.
He recognizes the importance of fulfilling achievements outside of
high school. My two years with Mr. Deola have impacted my life in
major ways. He relates with me in ways that my other teachers cannot.
Last year, he called my parents saying how proud he was of my essay,
describing certain life events that play a huge part in our relationship,
and how I could trust him with such information. Shaun Deola deserves
this award and more.
Distinguished Educator
Shaun Deola
Capital High School
Distinguished Achiever
Kandace Fode
Capital High School
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Keith Foster
Susan Foster
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Helena Lions Swim Team
Helena High School Swim Team,
State Champions
Link Crew Leader
National Honor Society
Vice President
Co-Editor of The Nugget
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Swim competitively at
Seattle University and pursue
a double major in English and
Women & Gender Studies.
As my coach from 7th grade until the beginning of my senior year,
Kirk Ermels helped me become a faster swimmer than I could have
imagined. However, his impact extends much farther than the pool.
Kirk focused on developing values such as leadership, hard work
and perseverance - skills that will serve me long after I hang up my
swimsuit. His passion on the pool deck taught me that by pouring
your whole self into what you love, you set yourself up for success
in whatever you pursue, and I will be forever grateful to him.
Distinguished Scholar
Emma Foster
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Kirk Ermels
formerly Helena High School
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Bryan Fox
Laurie Fox
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
National Honor Society
Science Club President
Mountain Spirit Aikido
Assistant Instructor
Helena High School Percussion
Ensemble Conductor
Helena High Science Bowl
B Team Captain
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend college to study
chemistry and mathematics
and pursue my interest
in martial arts.
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Whether it’s traveling across the country to compete or watching
the news together every morning, the time that I spend with
Mr. McCarthy has been the highlight of my high school career.
His amazing teaching style and endless knowledge are qualities
that make him a great teacher. Letting me call him silly nicknames
like McSizzle or McCarthybot and harboring me when I want to
skip class to sleep on his couch are ways that he shows he really
cares. Mr. McCarthy, you are one of my best friends.
Distinguished Educator
Gerald McCarthy
Helena High School
Distinguished Achiever
Benjamin Fox
Helena High School
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PARENTS
Beth Giddings
Brian Giddings
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Varsity Cross-Country
Varsity Tennis Captain
National Honor Society
Outdoors Club
Math Club Secretary
Key Club Secretary
Latin Club President
Exchange Club
Student of the Month
Girls State Delegate
Voted Most Likely
to Succeed
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University of Montana
and explore my academic interests,
considering majoring in
international relations
or economics.
At first I was worried about getting my clothes dirty. Now, however,
I walk into Mr. Lane’s classroom expecting to walk out of it looking a
bit messier and a lot happier. I’ve always had a talent for art, yet it
was through Mr. Lane that I discovered what art is truly about—not
perfection, but creativity, passion, and a little experimentation.
For the rest of my life, I will harbor a love for art (and messiness)
that flourished with each day I spent in his class. Thanks, Mr. Lane.
Distinguished Scholar
Megan Giddings
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Scott Lane
Capital High School
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Peggy Pillman
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Planned Parenthood Teen Board
Peer Mentoring, working with
8th graders about bullying,
cyber-bullying, and violence
Volunteer in second grade classroom
for math and reading
Link Crew, working with incoming
freshmen at Capital High School
Varsity Bruin Cheerleader
Elections volunteer
Volunteer for Governor Bullock’s
Children’s Ball
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University Montana
to major in criminology
or psychology.
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Ms. Morand gives the quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the
world,” its true definition. Ms. Morand is an inspiration not just to me,
but to all her former students who have had the opportunity to have
her as a teacher. She is kind-hearted, continuously encouraging, always
has a smile on her face, and always strives to teach something new
every day. She has inspired me to not only better myself, but also
to change and shape my future. To say “Thank you” would be an
understatement for what she’s done for me; however, I can start there,
so thank you, Ms. Morand.
Distinguished Achiever
Beth Glueckert
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Kelley Morand
Capital High School
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Bree Green
Mark Green
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Peer Mentoring at Capital High
School, tutoring in elementary
schools and teaching students
about healthy relationships
Peers Lunch at Capital High with
special needs students
God’s Love homeless
shelter volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
I love hanging with my family
and friends and can’t wait
to start my own journey
in life.
I plan to move to Great Falls
and have an interest in
becoming a dental hygienist.
From day one, I have loved coming into your artistic world every
morning. You have so many great qualities that make you a wonderful
young woman. Your smile was bright when your students needed
a boost in life. Having you as my teacher for two years in Applied
Design (Art) and as an assistant, you have made me appreciate how
much you impact your students’ lives. You encourage all your students
to take their thoughts and incorporate them into a piece of artwork.
Mrs. Jaynes, you have such a passion for teaching and interacting
with your students. You’re always making new memories for your
students at Capital High School. Thank you for making my senior
year the best. Let your smile keep shining and live your dream of
being the great teacher you are.
Distinguished Achiever
Kayla Green
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Ingrid Jaynes
Capital High School
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Dan Hamper
Lisa Hamper
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Participated in the Helena
spring and fall Art Walk
four years in a row,
setting up and
displaying my art
Showed my paintings at
the Holter Museum
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend college to further my
art career and express
my creativity. I love many
forms of creative art,
from painting to sculpting.
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I learned from Mrs. Anderson that to be able to teach and teach well,
you must love your subject unconditionally. Her passion and desire to
pass on what she knows has inspired me to harness my love of art into
something I can share. Her enthusiasm and zest for life has inspired
me to be a better student and person. She allowed me to experience
various art media, but also challenged me to step outside of the box.
Her encouragement and challenges caused something to grow and
flourish in me. I want to thank her for everything she has done for me;
she opened my eyes to follow my dreams.
Distinguished Educator
Genevieve Anderson
Capital High School
Distinguished Achiever
Danni Hamper
Capital High School
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Ron Hand
Connie Hand
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Youth Build participant
Youth Build Crew Leader
Kiwanis Student of the
Month Spring 2012
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Work for a year in construction
before going to school to
prepare for owning my
own construction company.
I chose Emily Petersen as my Distinguished Educator because she
has helped me with everything from family problems to helping me
graduate. She has been a great influence on my high school career.
She worked with me to figure out all of my credits as well as help me
pick classes that would be best for me. Ms. Petersen is an amazing
educator which anybody who has had her should know. She can help
any students with any and everything they need.
Distinguished Educator
Emily Petersen
Project for Alternative Learning
Distinguished Achiever
Jason Hand
Project for Alternative Learning
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PARENTS
John Hartman
Denise Hartman
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Catholic Youth Coalition
Board Member
Civil Air Patrol Cadet
Airman First Class
Junior Police Leadership
Academy graduate
Sonlight Auction server
Justice Outreach Project
participant
Good Samaritan Fashion
Show server
Capital High Travel
Club member
Boy Scout Tree
Lot volunteer
Girl Scout Day Camp counselor
Thanksgiving Food
Basket distributor
St. Mary’s Parish Senior
Thanksgiving Dinner server
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Carroll College
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I first met Mrs. Stoner when she came to my eighth grade classroom to
prepare her future advanced English students. I was thrilled, but also
nervous to start high school. I soon learned that Mrs. Stoner was my
ideal teacher, neither too strict nor too forgiving, and always caring.
She was most concerned while I struggled with my health and made me
feel good about myself for persevering through those tough times.
The respect and admiration I have developed for Mrs. Stoner make her
more than distinguished to me.
Distinguished Educator
Kelly Stoner
Capital High School
Distinguished Achiever
Allison Hartman
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Kelly Horne
Kalli Horne
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Created the non-profit Kicks4Kidz
to raise money for children
in need by selling custom shoes
Vice President of Helena High DECA
Volunteer at God’s Love
and Good Samaritan
Volunteer at Ray Bjork Special
Needs Preschool
Helena Education Foundation
Carnival Classic volunteer
First Place DECA Project for the State
of Montana & qualified for nationals
Class Act Award
Helena Youth Electrum, First Place
Painting and Drawing
Illustrated the children’s books Charcoal
and Is the Sleeping Giant Really Sleeping?
Night to Shine work: radio commercial,
filmed auditions, public relations
committee, one of the MCs
Created a booth for the Festival of Trees
and decorated Santa’s Room
Participated in the H2O for Hope, a
fashion show of recycled material
with proceeds going to build wells
for clean water in Africa
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
to study art
and business.
When I look back on what I learned in fifth grade, it’s not the material
that Mrs. Badger taught that made an impact, it’s the many life
lessons that she instilled in me. She taught me to never lose faith
in what I believe in and that “what is popular is not always right.”
Because of women like her, I now know the true meaning of these
words and they have helped me stand for what I believe. She truly
made an impact on me and I’m glad to say she was my teacher.
Distinguished Achiever
Kaelin Horne
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Sandee Badger
Clancy Elementary, retired
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David Jacobson
Teresa Jacobson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Rotary Club Student of the Month
National Honor Society
Academic All State
First Team All State
Soccer Selection
First Team All Conference
Soccer Selection
Varsity Soccer Captain
John Driscoll Memorial
Citizenship Award
USSA Certificate of
Academic Achievement
Vacation Bible School instructor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
where I will complete a
pre-medicine intake major
while earning a degree
in biochemistry.
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Over the course of my high school career, Matt Lyng has played an
influential role in and out of the classroom. Being a well-rounded
teacher along with an experienced soccer player and coach, Señor
Lyng has always been passionate about what he does. When I took
his Spanish 2 and Spanish 4 classes, he was always there with the
aim of teaching us in a positive and enjoyable way. Along with that,
he cheered us on at every home soccer match. Matt Lyng has been
an inspiration in my life.
Distinguished Scholar
Casey Jacobson
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Matt Lyng
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Brenda Johnson
Dave Johnson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Capital High Design Club
VFW, Voice of Democracy
Contestant
First Christian Church of Helena,
member and volunteer
Food Share volunteer
and advocate
Goodwill and Good Samaritan
volunteer
Wounded Warrior Project
participant
Track and Field
National Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University
of Montana.
Math hasn’t always been my strong suit; I struggled and often gave
up. That was until I stepped into Mr. Long’s class. I didn’t think it
would be any different, but that one year changed my outlook.
With much patience, Mr. Long was able to build my confidence and
help me to understand. He didn’t give up on me, even when I had
given up on myself. With his guidance, I received my first A in math.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have been in Mr. Long’s class and
to thank him for his help.
Distinguished Achiever
Hannah Johnson
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Gary Long
Capital High School
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David Charles Larson
Donna Jo Larson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Dancer and dance instructor
Involved with my youth group
and events at church
Volunteered at youth
event, Chrysalis
Taught and choreographed a
small piece for kids at
Intermountain to perform
Co-Leader of Helena’s Invisible
Children group, planning a
benefit concert that raised $3,000
for Invisible Children, an
organization that is trying to stop
the use of child soldiers in Africa
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
in the honors program and
major in exercise science.
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Mr. Smith was by far the best teacher I’ve ever had. He obviously loves
his job and that made learning from him much more interesting.
His class prepared me so well for high school and opened up my eyes
to my interest in chemistry. I have had teachers who I think are great
people, but not necessarily the greatest teachers, or vice versa.
Mr. Smith is both. I am so thankful to have had him in my life, as
a teacher and a role model.
Distinguished Achiever
Keely Inez Larson
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Tony Smith
C.R. Anderson Middle School
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Lisa Lewis
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Charity involvement
Race for the Cure
Wounded Warriors
The Governor’s Cup
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Study network technologies
at Missoula College for two years
then pursue a Bachelors degree
in applied science.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think
critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
As an educator, Mr. Miller embraces these words and he incorporates
them into his daily teaching schedule. The first time I met Mr. Miller
he said, “You may not learn anything from this class but you will begin
to think.” Although not as eloquent as Dr. King’s words, they were and
still are my inspiration.
Distinguished Achiever
Brad Lewis
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
John Miller
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Craig Linke
Mary Kay Linke
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Cross Country Team Captain
Distance Track
National Honor Society
3-7-77’s Service Club Treasurer
Health Occupation
Students of America
Our Redeemer’s Lutheran
Church volunteer
Flathead Lutheran
Bible Camp volunteer
Helena Food Share volunteer
Church Youth Group Music
and Small Groups Leader
Helena Dynamos Mountain
Biking Club Founder
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Carroll College to
study science and run cross-country
for the Saints.
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Even people who didn’t have Mr. Shenkle in class knew who he
was—the loud guy in the upstairs Science hallway. He was extremely
passionate about his subject and students, whether he was yelling
something about dilution or asking you how your most recent activity
went. His sense of humor and joy in learning were infectious, even
when you were on the receiving end of his jokes. Mr. Shenkle brought
a passion and enthusiasm to the classroom that made chemistry the
highlight of every day, and I was lucky to learn from him.
Distinguished Educator
Doug Shenkle
Helena High School, retired
Distinguished Scholar
Baird Linke
Helena High School
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Jodi Marcum
Doug Shorter
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Placed first in the Decision
Making event for
the Junior Class
Volunteer at the
Helena Ice Palace
President of PAL’s
JMG program
One of four Montana delegates
to the National Student Leadership
Conference in Washington, D.C.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University of Montana
Western to get a Bachelors degree
in health and human performance
Greg Wald has had a very significant, positive impact on my high
school experience by connecting with me and always helping me
go down the right educational path. He has sparked my interest in
school by making learning enjoyable again to the point that I never
want to miss a day of school. He has helped me through hard life
problems by giving me phenomenal support when I needed it most.
He has also brought out the best in me ranging from the classroom
to my life outside of school.
Distinguished Educator
Greg Wald
Project for Alternative Learning
Distinguished Achiever
Johnathan Mahoney
Project for Alternative Learning
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PARENTS
Michele Marsh
Neil Marsh
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Outdoors Club
Spanish Club
Math Club Vice President
ECO Club Vice President
National Honor Society
Skiing
Frisbee
Food Share volunteer
St. Paul’s Youth Group
Volunteer backpack trips
for trail maintenance with
the Bob Marshall
Wilderness Foundation
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Pursue computer science as
a major with a minor in history
or anthropology at
Montana State University
or Gonzaga University.
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While Mr. Simms may not have the most dynamic teaching style,
he does have the most informed and useful lectures, which I thank
him for. From discussing current events, regardless of time, to talking
about government, he makes every class relevant to his students’
lives. Even just listening to his stories of sailing and of Russia gives
me incentive to do more with my life. Through two years with
Mr. Simms, I have found his simple way of teaching with lectures
and discussions to be my favorite way of learning.
Distinguished Educator
Laurie Simms
Capital High School
Distinguished Scholar
Brian Marsh
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Jonathan Matthews
Stephanie Matthews
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Technology Tutor Volunteer
at Lewis and Clark Library
National Merit Finalist
Presidential Scholar Candidate
MEA-MFT Student Representative
on selection panel for Montana
Teacher of the Year
Varsity Cross Country and Track
National Honor Society
Link Crew Leader
Food Share Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Northeastern University
to study computer science.
I was fortunate enough to experience the teaching of Danna Sinnott
for two years of my high school career before she retired. Mrs. Sinnott
was genuinely dedicated to making a difference for every one of her
students, and her compassion, insight, wit, and in teaching Spanish
made her class one that I loved. Rarely does one find a teacher who is
so approachable and who makes a real effort to connect personally with
students, affectionately teasing them while pushing and helping them
to do their best on the challenging material of the class. Mrs. Sinnott,
you’re awesome, and the world needs more teachers like you.
Distinguished Educator
Danna Sinnott
Helena High School, retired
Distinguished Scholar
Kyle Matthews
Helena High School
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PARENTS
Carol Schmidt
Gerald McCarthy
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Dancer with Queen City Ballet
for fourteen years
Member of Mentoring
Teens Against Drugs
Secretary of Helena High
Student Council
National Honor Society
Helena High Link Crew Leader
Peer Mentor at Central and
Bryant Elementary Schools
Helena Exchange Club
Student of the Month
Young Arts Merit Award Winner
in Dance/Ballet
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Columbia University in
New York City and study biology
while continuing to dance.
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When I first walked into Ms. Kempa’s Montessori class as a fourth
grader, her bright smile, colorful hair, and welcoming attitude set
the stage for two spectacular years in her classroom. Ms. Kempa’s
enthusiasm and her belief in the unlimited potential of her students
encourages her students to do better and learn more. Personally,
I know I have done better and learned more because of my time in
Ms. Kempa’s classroom. Thank you, Ms. Kempa, for having such
a positive impact on my education and continuing to be an
amazing friend.
Distinguished Educator
Charla Kempa
Central Elementary
Distinguished Scholar
Madison McCarthy
Helena High School
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Melody Olson
Terry Olson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Member of the Girl Scouts
of the USA for 13 years
Vice President of Bio Club
Science Olympiad Team
National Honor Society
Helena High School Link Crew
Employee and Team Leader at
K9 Kondos
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
to pursue degrees in anthropology
and sociology with a criminology
option and minor in history.
Then I plan on going to
graduate school.
I chose my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Grimes, as my Distinguished
Educator because she inspired and pushed me to succeed in
mathematics. This in turn encouraged me to challenge myself in
all other subjects, to see if I could also succeed in them as much as
I have in math. Thanks to Ms. Grimes I have not only continued
to challenge myself and succeeded, I have surpassed limits that
I would never have thought possible.
Distinguished Scholar
Heather Olson
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Judi Grimes
East Valley Middle School
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PARENTS
Shawn Peterson
Lisa Peterson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Varsity track
DECA Secretary
4-H
Band
Tri-M Musical Honors Society
Future Farmers of America
National Honor Society
Volunteer at Helena Food Share
Volunteer at God’s Love
Community volunteer work
through DECA: Food Share,
Meals on Wheels,
Pad for Paws, NAMI
Volunteer at First Lutheran Church
Night to Shine Judge
Night to Shine Coordinator 2012
Senior Track Captain
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend a Montana university
and major in business.
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The moment I set foot in Mrs. Conn’s classroom, I knew something
was different; perhaps it is her dedication and love for her job or maybe
it is the potential she pursues in each of her students. Over the last
three years Mrs. Conn has continually inspired me, from the way
she handles adversity to the way she fights for what she believes in.
Mrs. Conn has become more than my teacher, she is my mentor and
role model. Thank you, Mrs. Conn, for always supporting me.
Distinguished Scholar
Katya Peterson
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Karey Conn
Capital High School
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Russell Ratcliff
Kendall Ratcliff
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Capital High Varsity Tennis
Allegro School of Dance
National Honor Society,
Secretary/Treasurer
Eco Club President
Helena Math Circle
Outdoors Club
Link Crew Leader
Youth Forest Monitoring Program
with U.S. Forest Service
Montana Conservation Corps
Rotary Club Student of the Month
National Merit Finalist
Pen & Ink
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
to study environmental or
bio-resource engineering.
When I met Mrs. Watson, I was a small first grader filled with a
brimming curiosity about the world and a tendency to devour books.
Mrs. Watson gave me the opportunity to take on the challenges
I craved and allowed me to explore my own diverse interests.
The encouragement to pursue my passions and to achieve success
as a six year old has always stuck with me. Mrs. Watson instilled
the confidence I have relied on to become an exceptional student
and provided the questions necessary to occupy my active young
mind. Thanks for a great beginning, Mrs. Watson!
Distinguished Educator
Lori Watson
formerly Radley Elementary
Distinguished Scholar
Jeana Ratcliff
Capital High School
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PARENTS
Connie Humes
Jim Robinson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Junior Varsity Helena High
Tennis Team
Montana Teens Against Drugs
Teen Advisory Group
Accepted on scholarship to
School Year Abroad Italy: a foreign
exchange program managed
by a consortium of independent
American high schools
Gay-Straight Alliance Founding member
Mensa Caritas Soup Kitchen Volunteer
SAY IT! Online Newspaper writer
Bullock-Walsh Gubernatorial
Campaign Intern
National Questbridge Finalist
Work part time after school
as an office assistant
at Big Sky Brokers
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend an out of state four-year
college and pursue a degree in
international relations and economics.
I also hope to continue traveling
abroad independently and through
foreign exchange.
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Mrs. Curtis’s math class, characterized by her engaged enthusiasm
and kind compassion, easily became my most anticipated class of the
day. Her commitment and kindness towards her students continues
to be unparalleled. I will never forget the many hours she spent after
school challenging me to move ahead in the math curriculum.
With Mrs. Curtis there were no limits to what could be imagined or
accomplished. Thinking outside the box and being true to oneself
were a must. As a teacher, she instilled in me a sense of confidence,
excitement, and adventure that ultimately inspired me to study
abroad in high school. Her unrelenting passion, dedication, and
quirky sense of humor are characteristics I will always admire.
Distinguished Scholar
Samantha Robinson
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Amanda Curtis
formerly Helena Middle School
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Susan Rogge
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Orchestra for five years
Violin lessons for ten years
Piano for eight years
Life Scout
Boy Scouts of America
Troop 414 Quartermaster
and Senior Patrol Leader
Department of Energy Regional
Science Bowl, third place
National Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
to major in music and explore
other areas such as engineering.
Mr. John Peskey arrived at Helena High as I arrived as a freshman.
His incredible knowledge of music and style of teaching has brought
me leaps closer to mastery of the violin, which lies miles away.
He has not only taught me musical appreciation of all genres, but
Mr. P balances the humor of a jester contrasted with his monk-like
passion and dedication to music.
Distinguished Scholar
Brian Rogge
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
John Peskey
Helena High School
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Chris Sanchez
Judy Sanchez
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Varsity Cross Country
Track and Field Team Captain
National Honor Society
Capital High Key Club Secretary
Community service through
school clubs
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Carroll College or
Montana State University to pursue
a career in engineering
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Mrs. Autumn Johnstone was my 4th and 5th grade teacher in the
Montessori Program at Smith Elementary School. Mrs. J. and the
Montessori Program shaped my methods of learning and helped me
to become both more independent, as well as a team player. I have
always admired the way Mrs. J. runs her class with authority, but also
makes sure all of her students know that their thoughts and ideas
matter. I have nothing but respect for Mrs. Johnstone and hope
that one day I will be able to inspire someone the same way she has
inspired me.
Distinguished Achiever
Marisa Sanchez
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Autumn Johnstone
formerly Smith Elementary
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PARENTS
Andrea Scherting
Mark Scherting
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Florence Crittenton Home
weekly volunteer
Helena Food Share volunteer
Salvation Army volunteer
Service trips to Spokane and Seattle
Special Olympics volunteer coach
for track & basketball
Girls State
4-H
Academic All-State Tennis
Band
Link Crew
HHS Varsity Tennis Captain
Helena Hot Shots Trap Team
National Honor Society
PEAK-Gifted and Talented
Legislative Page
Piano
Presidential Award for
Academic Excellence
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Helena College for general
education classes, and then attend
University of Montana for a degree in
psychology, criminal psychology
or teen-outreach counseling. I hope
to go to graduate school and
then travel and volunteer.
My second grade teacher, Mrs. Chamberlain, has impacted my life
in an indescribable way. From the first day of school, she welcomed
us with big smiles and “Frog and Toad” stories that put all of us at
ease. Her classroom had an environment that inspired me to achieve
success through learning. Mrs. Chamberlain taught me more than just
cursive and where to use commas; she taught me how to smile at every
situation I may be faced with. She showed me the potential I had in my
life and I don’t know where I would be without her.
Distinguished Scholar
Madeline Scherting
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Peggy Chamberlain
Montana City School
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PARENTS
Jim Shea
Kathy Shea
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
HHS 2013 Valedictorian
National Honor Society
Student Council Senior Class
Representative
Nugget Newspaper Page Editor
Vigilante Yearbook
Link Leader
Ambiance Choir
Women’s Ensemble
Mentoring Teens against Drugs
Writings on the Wall
Science Circus
Helena Exchange Club
Youth of the Month
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Campaign Intern for Sen. Jon Tester
Grandstreet Theatre
Grandstreet Summer Conservatory
Grandstreet Student
Advisory Board
Distinguished Young Woman
of Montana 2013
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the Davidson Honors College
of the University of Montana as a
Presidential Leadership Scholar
to major in journalism with a
minor in creative writing
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Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve wanted to be a writer; but Mr. Brophy
was the first teacher who made me feel like my dream could be a reality.
In both Journalism and Newspaper classes, Mr. Brophy encouraged me
to try new styles of writing, pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and
taught me important lessons in journalistic integrity. Out of all of the
teachers in my thirteen years of public education, I feel Mr. Brophy has
prepared me the most for my chosen career path.
Distinguished Educator
Matt Brophy
Helena High School
Distinguished Scholar
Kate Shea
Helena High School
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Kevin Smith
Lauri Travis
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
CHS Cross-Country
Team Captain
CHS Track Team Captain
National Honor Society
President
Tri-M Musical Honors Society
President
Love playing music at various
locales around town
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend college, run cross country
and track at the collegiate level,
continue playing music.
Over the past four years, Mr. Zehr has been a supportive role model
in my life. He not only teaches music to students, but he has opened
countless creative outlets for everyone in class. Exploring ideas in
jazz band is always a highlight of the day. With his daily wit and
humor mixed with life lessons and reflections, Mr. Zehr has created
a wonderfully engaging classroom. Thank you, Mr. Zehr.
Distinguished Scholar
Colt Smith
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Duane Zehr
Capital High School
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Dominick Speranza
Ellen Speranza
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Track & Field Captain
Cross-Country
Rock Climbing for 12 years on the
Helena Thunder Chickens
Vice President Math Club
Co-President Outdoors Club
Eco Club
National Honor Society
Math Circle
Helena Food Share Volunteer
Family Promise Cook
Math Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the United States
Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs, CO,
to study engineering
and mathematics.
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It is difficult for me to describe how Mr. Chart influenced me in words,
so I will try to do it with numbers. Three hundred sixty is the number
of days I spent getting up for zero period where Mr. Chart’s electric
enthusiasm shocks you awake. Twenty-one thousand six hundred is
the number of minutes I spent learning the complex world of calculus.
One million two hundred ninety-six thousand is the number of seconds
spent enjoying every moment and deciding that my future will always
include math. I owe this decision to Mr. Chart’s fun, easy to follow, and
active teaching style. Thank you, Mr. Chart, for all the encouragement
and support!
Distinguished Scholar
Dominick Speranza III
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
John Chart
Capital High School
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Angela Steffens
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
NAMI Walk fundraiser to
help raise awareness for
mental illness
Race for the Cure
Capitol Classic Fun Run volunteer,
a run to inform kids about
healthy habits and living
healthy lifestyles
Employed at Capital City
Health Club where I have the honor
and opportunity of caring for
young children which will help
me excel in my future career
as a neonatal nurse
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University of Montana
in Missoula and pursue a
nursing career, specializing
in neonatal.
Anne Bartsch has influenced me with her constant high spirit and
positive attitude. She always taught me never to give up and to follow
my dreams. She truly believed in me and made school work rewarding.
She is someone who I look up to and as I continue on to college I will
always remember her and the valuable lessons she taught me.
Thank you, Mrs. Bartsch!
Distinguished Achiever
Cheyenne Steffens
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Anne Bartsch
Hawthorne Elementary
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Michael Sullivan
Amy Sullivan
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
HHS liaison for all foreign
exchange students attending
Helena High
Band
Cheerleading
Bengalettes
Science Circus
Volunteer at Helena’s Free Spay
and Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs
to help prepare animals for surgery
Volunteer for several local
political campaigns throughout
my public education
Extra participation in class and
assist my instructors in any
way possible
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University of Montana
in Missoula to double major in
English and history.
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Strong, brilliant and thoughtful are words that describe Jonna
Schwartz; however, I couldn’t possibly summarize her entire
personality in three words. Ms. Schwartz is truly indescribable.
She possesses an uncommon passion for grammar, a keen knowledge
of literature, and all the driving qualities of a first-wave feminist.
She truly captivated my interests and encouraged me to pursue my
passion for English. She gave me the confidence I needed to succeed
in every way imaginable. You’ll never know how big an impact you’ve
made on my life. Thank you.
Distinguished Achiever
Margaret Sullivan
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Jonna Schwartz
Helena High School
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Michelle Vanisko
Chad Vanisko
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Premiere Dance Company
Spanish Club
DECA
National Honor Society
Catholic Youth Coalition Board
Justice Outreach Project, a
summer community service
project in Browning on
the Blackfeet reservation
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, Ohio,
to study political science
and dance.
After hearing Mr. Partridge jokingly shouting at his class and seeing
him tossing Frisbees at people, I wasn’t sure what to expect from
him. It turns out, I discovered my favorite, most influential teacher.
Mr. Partridge connected history to the present, making me care
more about how today’s world can be improved. Thanks to him,
I’ve decided to major in political science and learn how to make
those improvements. Though I don’t know where I’ll go from there,
I know Mr. Partridge is the one to thank. So thank you Mr. Partridge,
for everything.
Distinguished Scholar
Anastazia Vanisko
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Jay Partridge
Capital High School
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Todd Waterman
Lisa Waterman
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Varsity Football
Basketball
Track
Small Fry Football referee
Flag Football volunteer coach
National Honor Society
Helena Exchange Club
Youth of the Month Award
for December
Homecoming Royalty
NAMI walk participant and worker
Helped flood victims
sandbag homes
Festival of Trees volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend college and study pre-med
in hopes of going to medical school
and becoming a doctor.
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The first thing, the greatest thing, and the only thing that comes to
mind when I think of Mr. Pedersen is the amount of knowledge and ma-
turity that I gained from being in his class. Most of one’s high school
learning comes from X and O type lessons. Things like “the square root
of 64 is 8” and “y=mx + b is a linear equation”, but after so many years
of this, many students begin to ask themselves, “Will I really need to
know this later in my life?” That question, which I hear asked by so
many students, cannot be asked in Mr. Pedersen’s Science Seminar
class. No matter where you intend to go, or what you intend to be,
everything taught in Mr. Pedersen’s class can be applied to your life
in some way. He has the ability to make even some of the most
stubborn teenagers consider things far beyond themselves, and
therefore dedicate themselves to leading a truly meaningful life. As an
18 year old, I can say that I deeply think about and consider things that
most people don’t until much later in life, thanks to Mr. Pedersen.
Distinguished Achiever
Andy Waterman
Capital High School
Distinguished Educator
Tom Pedersen
Capital High School
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Cindie Tenneson
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
President and Founder of Ukulele Club
Three Time Night to Shine Performer
4-H Club President
Roadside Trash Pickup
Food Drive
National Honor Society
District Music Festival,
two Superior Ratings
State Music Festival,
two Excellent Ratings
Orlando National Music Festival,
Superior Rating
People to People Student
Ambassador to Australia
Appearance on Helena
Civic Television performing jazz
State Capital Band Member
Guest Performer at 2012 Jazz and Just
Desserts at the Holter Museum
Volunteer Performer at the
2012 NAMI Walk
Carnival Classic volunteer
Pep Band
Performer at churches including
Plymouth Congregational, St. Paul’s
Methodist and Life Point Church
Volunteer Performer at
the Staggering Ox
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend the University
of Montana to
study music.
It has been an honor to know Jim Schulz both as a friend and as my
teacher. I first met him during my sophomore year, and since then
he has inspired me to be myself. Now I am a jazz instrumentalist,
composer, and honor-achieving scholar. He has taught me not only
the importance of the arts, but that music can mean more than words.
His passion for teaching is unparalleled, and I am more than fortunate
to have had the privilege of studying under him. Thanks, Mr. Schulz,
for everything!
Distinguished Achiever
Elijah Wynn
Helena High School
Distinguished Educator
Jim Schulz
Helena High School
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Steve Younker
Dani Younker
COMMUNITY SERVICE
AND ACTIVITIES
Captain of high school
hockey team
Team Montana and
Montana Selects
Chosen for multiple traveling
baseball teams
Evergreen Clancy volunteer
St. Peters Hospital events and
gift shop volunteer
Academic letter sophomore year
Academic and citizenship awards,
8th grade, Clancy School
Tutor/Mentor for younger students
at Clancy Elementary
Invited to participate in
People to People
Lead roles in the plays
Huckleberry Finn and
Charlie’s Aunt
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend Montana State University
for my undergraduate studies and
my Bachelors degree. After that I will
take the dental admissions test
into a graduate-level dental school
to pursue a doctorate in
dental surgery.
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Terri Atwood is a devoted mentor who really took the time to notice
the hard work I put into everything I do, making me push myself those
few extra steps to be where I am today as a distinguished achiever.
She gave me a lead role in two of the plays we put on over the course
of two years and is the reason I was awarded the academic and
citizenship award at my 8th grade graduation. She made me look
forward to stepping into class every single day.
Distinguished Educator
Terri Atwood
Clancy Elementary
Distinguished Achiever
Devin Younker
Helena High School
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HEF Distinguished Scholars 2013

  • 1. H E L E N A E D U C A T I O N F O U N D A T I O N AND THE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS WHO INSPIRED THEM 2 0 1 3 HONORING DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS AND ACHIEVERS A Celebration EXCELLENCE of
  • 2. A Celebration EXCELLENCE of H E L E N A E D U C A T I O N F O U N D A T I O N 2 0 1 3 HONORING THE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS AND ACHIEVERS OF THE CLASS OF 2013 AND THEIR DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS May Thirteenth, Two Thousand and Thirteen Best Western Helena, Great Northern Hotel H Helena, Montana THE HELENA EDUCATION FOUNDATION PRESENTS
  • 3. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 20132 hefmt.org Tim Lynch President Carol Clifford President-elect Duane Wright Treasurer Denny DesRosier Secretary Dean Bjerke Ben Boutilier-Mow Capital High Student board representative Corey Crum Lynn Etchart Kent Kultgen Kendra Lenhardt Jason Loble Clare Menahan Helena High Student board representative Nancy Nicholson Jim Rickman Sarah Scott Lisa Cordingley Executive Director Lynn Bubb Program Coordinator Teresa Geremia-Chart Development Director Kim Harris Accountant Libby Goldes Chair Cherche Prezeau Vice Chair Terry Beaver Joe Cohenour Ellen Feaver Don Jones Robin LeNeve Libbi Lovshin Aidan Myhre Michael O’Neil Clare Menahan HHS Student Representative Emily Grinsell CHS Student Representative Dr. Kent Kultgen Superintendent of Schools Walt Chancy Principal, Capital High School Frank Jobe Principal, Project for Alternative Learning Steve Thennis Principal, Helena High School Helena eDucaTion founDaTion boaRD of DiRecToRS Helena eDucaTion founDaTion STaff Helena Public ScHoolS boaRD of TRuSTeeS 2012-2013 Helena Public ScHoolS aDMiniSTRaTion
  • 4. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 3hefmt.org CONNECTIONS The Helena Education Foundation serves as an important link between community and public education, providing enriching programs and support for teachers, students, and Helena schools that contribute to the outstanding academic opportunities for the next generation: the over 8,000 students currently in our public schools. Key to HEF’s innovation and success is the understand- ing that excellent public schools forge healthy communities, places we all want to live, work, and play. PROGRAMS HEF’s programs benefit students, teachers, parents, administra- tors, and the community. No doubt, you or someone you know has been impacted by our work. n CarnivalClassic kicks off each school year with a community- wide event. n Fabulous Firsts gives to every incoming first grader (over 500), an award-winning, hard cover book of his or her own. n Great Conversations provides a night of thought- provoking conversation about relevant topics to promote contin- uous learning. n Great Ideas Grants awards over $40,000 annually to teachers for special and innovative classroom projects. n Celebration of Excellence honors distinguished graduating scholars, achievers, and their teachers—celebrating excellence, drive,andleadership. n VigilanteAcademy providesworkshops on life skills and leadership to high school students n Trading Places provides administrators the opportunity to view leader- ship responsibilities in the public sector and business and com- munity leaders to experience the role of school administrator. n Let’sTalkAboutGreatTeachers acknowledges, at the Great Conversations event, those special teachers who make a differ- ence in the lives of our children every day. n Issues Institutes provide a forum for Helena public school teachers, students and community members to learn from leading professionals around the country. n Harrison Writing Awards focus on the impor- tance of good writing skills and recognize outstanding young writers with cash awards. n ThePen & Inkpublication features the creative work of student writers and artists. n Leadership Institutes provide professional development for district admin- istrators about the latest leadership and management techniques from experts and community leaders. OUR MISSION The MISSION of the Helena Education Foundation is to enrich education in the Helena Public Schools through consistent com- munity investment of time, talent, funding and other resources, providing students, staff, and the community with unparalleled educational opportunities and experiences. The Foundation:  Promotes the understanding that everyone in the community is responsible for creating quality public education.  Inspires parents, businesses and the community to partici- pate with the school district in enriching education.  Recognizes and celebrates student academic success.  Increases the visibility and value of Helena public schools.  Commends staff for creative and innovative teaching. STRUCTURE The Helena Education Foundation  Is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity and philanthropic organization of local citizens independent of the Helena Public School Dis- trict but one that is complementary and collaborative with it.  Works to increase private support for public education above and beyond that which is constitutionally mandated and provided.  Serves as a catalyst and funding source for new and innovative ideas, programs and education methods. A B O U T T H E H E L E N A E D U C AT I O N F O U N DAT I O N
  • 5. Helena eDucaTion founDaTion a celebRaTion of eXcellence 20134 hefmt.org DiaMonD PaRTneR Tim Ballweber, D.D.S. Beartooth NBC Cherry Creek Radio Lisa & Tom Cordingley Lee Harrison, M.D. & Fred Olson Turner Foundation, Inc. Ruby PaRTneR Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, Inc. Anonymous Independent Record LifeTouch Montana Book & Toy Company Montana Community Foundation Alan & Nancy Nicholson Sandy Mac’s Distributing Sodexo School Services Student Assistance Foundation Treacy Foundation Ron & Mignon Waterman Western States Insurance eMeRalD PaRTneR American Federal Savings Banks Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana Chelsey & Mike Frank Jeff & Libby Goldes St. Peter’s Hospital Washington Corporations SilveR PaRTneR Allegra Print & Imaging Anderson Zurmuehlen & Co., PC and EBR Anonymous Anonymous Helen & Bill Ballinger John & Jennifer Bloomquist Crowley Fleck, PLLP D.A. Davidson Luke Duran, Element L Design First Interstate Bank First Student Great Northern Hotel Helena Education Association Helena Kiwanis Club Montana Broom & Brush Montana Eyecare Brian Morris & Cherche Prezeau Morrison-Maierle, Inc. Mosaic Architecture, PC Mountain West Bank Northwestern Energy Robert Peccia & Associates Pepsi Cola of Helena Don Pogreba* Rick Pyfer, Doubek Pyfer & Fox Sarah Scott Jon Satre & Paulette Etchart South Hills Medical Group II US Bank William & Judy Walter Duane & Sue Wright SaPPHiRe PaRTneR The Base Camp Donna Burgess Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, PC Carol Clifford & Edward Thomson Terry Cohea Diamond Construction Denny & Nikki DesRosier Mark & Lynn Etchart Eliza Frazer & Barry Hood Frontier Club Telephone Pioneers Jane & Rick Hays Helena Kidsports Philip A. Hohenlohe & Andrea Rankin Marilyn Hudson Greg & Connie Johnson Donald & Sandy Jones* Information Technology Core Cindy Lewis Jason & Sarah Loble Todd & Libbi Lovshin Luxan & Murfitt McMahon Wall & Hubley Law Firm, PLLC Keith & Katie Meyer Richard & Neva Porte Barb & Bill Ridgway* Rock Hand Hardware Sullivan Financial Group Valley Bank Zelco Limited Partnership 2012-2013 funD DRive PaRTneRS Thanks to these generous businesses and donors for supporting the Helena Education Foundation and public education in our community. This list reflects gifts received from April 2012 through April 2013 The greatest care was taken to ensure the accuracy of this donor roll; if an error has occurred, please contact us at 443-2545 so we may correct it. * Denotes a Helena Public School District employee
  • 6. Helena eDucaTion founDaTion a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 5hefmt.org aMeTHyST PaRTneR Mike & Ginger Agee Aidan Myhre & John Alke Robert & Susan Andersen Terry & Patty Beaver Charlotte Bowenhollow Jane Briney Art & Amie Butler Chapter AO PEO Matthew & Kim Dale Mike Dalton Mary Jane Davidson Dennis & Priscilla Dickert Downtown Helena Ray Flaherty & Lisa Larsen The Floor Show Chuck Johnson and Patricia Hunt Dianne Kuehn Dan & Marcy McLean Justin Mosness John Mott & Elaine Spino Payne Financial Group, Inc John Ribic & Carla Kingsley Rocky Mountain Credit Union Douglas & Cathy Shenkle Starbucks Karen Stout-Suenram Dana Toole & Jeff Folsom Margaret L. Woo Beth & Steve Yeakel bRonze PaRTneR Bob & Carolyn Adams Chuck & Lana Anderson W. R. & Colleen Anderson David Ashley, Helena Hardwoods Dianne L. Beaman Gordon Bennett & Norma Tirrell Sara Berg Ron & Connie Bergum Judy Birch Steven & Kellee Blom Jock & Tere Bovington Tina Brothers & Todd Tillinger* James B. & Laura G. Brown Bonnie Bowler Shawn & Lynn Bubb Steve & Lisa Bullock Carol Bruderer* William & Judy Carrigan John F. Chart & Teresa Geremia-Chart* William C. & Joyce E. Clausen Matthew Cohn & Mary Ellen Holverson Thomas & Mary Conklin Mike & Pat Cotter Todd & Kim Damrow Corey Crum Loren Davis, Davis Business Machines S. Jean Deveer William Dewey and Rosana Skelton Diana & Tom Dowling Ken & Liz Eden, M.D. Kelly Elder* Lisa Evans Merry Fahrman* Ellen & Eric Feaver Carol Fergerson Ghost Art Gallery Beverly Gibson Fritz & Cheryl Gillespie Kris & Melissa Godlewski Leila Goldes John & Sue Green Judith E. Hart Don Harriott & Carol McKerrow Martha A. Hawkins Charitable Trust Helena Administrators Fund Laura Holmes Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan & Alke, PLLP Mary Johnson Kent & Elizabeth Jones Dick & Barb Kain Stan and Holly Kaleczyc Lance & Kathy Kidder* Randall LeCocq & Sheri Sprigg Robert & Robin Le Neve Kendra Lenhardt Amos Rogers Little Tim & Piper Lynch Jane McDonald* Rebecca McLaughlin V.J. & Maureen Maddio Patty Mazurek Mark & Petra Meek John & Marcia Maynard Mike Menahan Mile High United Way Chris & Marcia Miller R.L. & M.L. Mires Bob & Gayle Moon Montana Shares Paul & Orpha Montgomery Bob Morgan & Carl Deitchman Jeff & Jeannie Morrison Ken & Sherry Morrison Milton & Rita Munson Vanessa Nasset* Jonathan & Dana Nehring Jason P. Neiffer & Allison James Dale & Dawn Newell Wendy Nicolai E.W. & Sandra Olsen Tom Pedersen* Alan & Rachel Peura
  • 7. Helena eDucaTion founDaTion a celebRaTion of eXcellence 20136 hefmt.org Dennis & Nancy Peterson* Dr. Lawrence K. Pettit Chris Phelps & Peggy Hollow-Phelps* Kevin & Candida Quinn Deborah Rainey & James Maher Jim Rickman Patrick & Karen Rillahan* Paul T. Ringling Joan Rolling Kay & Joe Robertson Darrell & Judy Rud Emilia Satre Kay Satre & Tim Meloy Spencer Shropshire & Susan Epstein Donald & Laurie Skillman Vicki Smith Peter Sullivan Summit Business Forms Steve & Anna Thennis* Melinda Thompson* Donna & Gary Turcott Doug Turman & Mary Lee Larison Valley Sand & Gravel Bob Vogel John & Janet Walsh Mike & Kenda Younker fRienDS of THe founDaTion Carl & Andree Anderberg* Jock & Catherine Anderson Clyde J. & Sally R. Angove Tom Altmaier Pam Attardo & Bill Tonidandel Deb Bakke Kareen & Arthur Bangert* Ashley Basten Diane & Michael Bayuk Big Dipper Big Sky Cyclery Pam Birkeland* Boxwoods Ann Brodsky & Bob Ream Marie Brazier Matt & Jane Brophy* Joy Bruck Susan & Bret Brunner Cinemark Carr L. Cleveland Phyllis Clifford Maggi & Tom Corbett The Creperie Karen Cutler Dairy Queen Douglas C. Dellwo* Bruce & Deah Dunkle* Caleb Fey General Mercantile Heidi Goettel & Bob Cochran Rebecca Haddad Barbara Harris Ralph & Billie Higgins Mary Kay Howarth Bill & Jan Hubber Andy Hunthausen & Pam Ponich John Ilgenfritz Deb Jacobsen* Kiely Keane & Michael Green Kirby Lambert Krista & Cody Lechleitner Diane Lee Olivia Le Tellier Teresa Lightbody Donna Sue & Arnold Lyon, DDS Steve Maly & Alice Stanley MacKenzie River Pizza Co. Steve & Sunny Ray Mandeville Marie McAlear Dennis & Janel McCall Maureen McCarthy Oelkers John J. & Linda McCluskey John McEwen & Mary Musil Stephen & Marjorie McGinley Tony & Dorene Menichino David & Grace Mergenthaler Stephen & Christina Mest Jonathan & Lorna Milne Motl Julie & Doug Mitchell* Montana City Bank John Moore & Ann Waickman Louise Moore & Hal Aasen Kelly Moorse Lucy Morell-Gengler & Daniel Gengler John G. Mundinger Margaret O’Connor & Daryl Chan Maynard & Shirley Olson Park Avenue Bakery Lisa Gay Parker* Shelley & Donald Pelc* Cindy Peterson* Sherryl Perdue Bill Pratt Poo Putsch Madalyn Quinlan & Brian Garrity Steffen Rasile Marie L. Rausch* Berma Saxton William & Mary Jo Seel Mike Schechtman & Holly Bander Bob & Billie Shepard Connie Skiftun Sole Sisters Deborah & Mark Starr Ward Stiles John Stults & Daphne Crosbie Patrick Sullivan Bob Swartout Taco del Sol
  • 8. Helena eDucaTion founDaTion a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 7hefmt.org Target Beverly Tatz Bob Throssell & Carolyn Clemens Rudy Tomich Cindy & Jim Utterback Nicolet Whearty Ronald & Susan Zeiler In memory of Dorothy Charlene Fivecoat Helena Administrators Fund In memory of Almeda Benson Helena Administrators Fund In memory of John Munson Helena Administrators Fund In memory of Connie Mouritsen Deb Jacobsen* In memory of Nikki Keller Gretchen & Marty Heller Keith & Katie Meyer In memory of Don Lavson Maynard & Shirley Olson In memory of Gary VanGerpen Stephen & Marjorie McGinley In memory of Mike Mikota Steve & Sunny Ray Mandeville In memory of Sue Clarke Gordon Bennett & Norma Tirrell Marie Brazier Susan & Bret Brunner Shawn & Lynn Bubb Karen Cutler Rebecca Haddad Gretchen & Marty Heller Bill & Jan Hubber Greg & Connie Johnson Linda Knoblock Diane Lee Ron Lee David & Grace Mergenthaler Keith & Katie Meyer Barbara Muir John G. Mundinger Carol Schmidt & Gerry McCarthy* David Wee & Karen Herseth Wee Helena HigH claSS of 1962 HEF is grateful to the members of the Helena High Class of 1962 who, in celebration of their 50th reunion, are contributing $25,000 to HEF over the next five years to fund Great Ideas Grants Robert & Susan Andersen William & Joyce Clausen Thomas Conklin John & Cherie Dahl John Darlow Jean Deveer (In memory of John Arnen) Bernard & Caren Garrison Mary Ellen Gunstone John Langhorne Kenneth Larson & Linda Adams James & Marilyn McMahon D.R. Maddux Mary Ann Marshall R.L. & M.L. Mires Sheryl Perdue Bill & Billie Ranard Mary Sterling Jane Thayer William & Judy Walter To Make a DonaTion: The Foundation is a legally incorporated, non-profit charitable and educational corporation in the State of Montana. Its status as a 501(c)(3) foundation allows it to receive and distribute funds, property and gifts of any kind for the benefit of public schools located in Helena. It also maintains a qualified endowment. Planned gifts are eligible for the Montana State Tax Credit. For more information about making a donation, contact Lisa Cordingley, Executive Director, at (406) 443-2545 or at hef@mt.net or donations can be made online at www.hefmt.org. HEF would also like to recognize and thank those state and federal employees who gave through their State and Federal Giving Campaigns, but who chose not to be acknowledged by name.
  • 9. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 20138 hefmt.org THank you To ouR evenT SPonSoRS: Timothy C. Ballweber, D.D.S., M.S. A Celebration EXCELLENCE of
  • 10. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 9hefmt.org STuDenTS A Celebration of Excellence recognizes exceptional students who have demonstrated their efforts in the classroom, school and in the community day after day, year after year. Distinguished Scholars were selected on the basis of criteria developed by high school students, teachers and administrators, including grade point average; number of honors, advanced placement and other higher level courses; total credit hours; activities; and community service. High school teachers nominated Distinguished Achievers based on excellence in a specific curricular area, leadership, service or overcoming obstacles to achievement. eDucaToRS A Celebration of Excellence honors the Distinguished Educators. Each student identified an educator to recognize who has had a significant, positive impact on his or her life and wrote a short message about why that educator was selected. 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. n Demonstrates community appreciation for the efforts of public school students, edu- cators and parents; n Acknowledges the critical partnership among schools, home, business and the community; n Provides a positive reinforcement for younger students and a goal for which they can strive; and n Involves the community and business in building awareness and confidence in our public schools. WelcoMe To a celebRaTion of eXcellence! A Celebration of Excellence provides public recognition of extraordinary public school students and outstanding educators. By honoring achievements of these individuals, the Foundation: AND THE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS WHO INSPIRED THEM 2 0 1 3 HONORING DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS AND ACHIEVERS
  • 11. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 201310 hefmt.org ScHolaR eDucaToR Jordan Barrows Rob Loveridge Helena High Helena High Cory Briar Julie Mitchell Helena High PEAK Austin Burns Sandy Wardell Helena High Helena High Madison Case Peg Hartman Helena High Helena Middle School Katherine Chamberlain Don Pogreba Helena High Helena High Tucker Costain Marianne Schadt Helena High Capital High Thomas Culver Ryan Schulte Helena High Helena High Mackenzie Donnelly Deah Dunkle Helena High Smith Elementary Duncan Ellis Ed Darfler Capital High Rossiter Elementary Emma Foster Kirk Ermels Helena High formerly Helena High Megan Giddings Scott Lane Capital High Capital High Casey Jacobson Matt Lyng Capital High Capital High Baird Linke Doug Shenkle Helena High Helena High, retired ScHolaR eDucaToR Brian Marsh Laurie Simms Capital High Capital High Kyle Matthews Danna Sinnott Helena High Helena High, retired Madison McCarthy Charla Kempa Helena High Central Elementary Heather Olson Judi Grimes Helena High East Valley Middle School Katya Peterson Karey Conn Capital High Capital High Jeana Ratcliff Lori Watson Capital High formerly Radley Elementary Samantha Robinson Amanda Curtis Helena High formerly Helena Middle School Brian Rogge John Peskey Helena High Helena High Madeline Scherting Peggy Chamberlain Helena High Montana City School Kate Shea Matt Brophy Helena High Helena High Colt Smith Duane Zehr Capital High Capital High Dominick Speranza John Chart Capital High Capital High Anastazia Vanisko Jay Partridge Capital High Capital High Distinguished Scholars were selected on the basis of criteria developed by high school students, teachers and administrators, including grade point average; number of honors, advanced placement and other higher level courses; total credit hours; activities and community service.
  • 12. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 11hefmt.org acHieveR eDucaToR Elizabeth Allen Mary Ann Barbie-Rice Capital High Capital High Gunnar Brekke Lon Carter Capital High Capital High, retired Levi Dawes J.D. Solomon Capital High Capital High Gabriella DeMarinis Dennis Peterson Capital High Capital High Courtney Dowling Clay Burkett Helena High Helena High Kandace Fode Shaun Deola Capital High Capital High Benjamin Fox Gerald McCarthy Helena High Helena High Beth Glueckert Kelley Morand Capital High Capital High Kayla Green Ingrid Jaynes Capital High Capital High Danni Hamper Genevieve Anderson Capital High Capital High Jason Hand Emily Petersen Project for Alternative Learning Project for Alternative Learning Allison Hartman Kelly Stoner Capital High Capital High acHieveR eDucaToR Kaelin Horne Sandee Badger Helena High Clancy Elementary, retired Hannah Johnson Gary Long Capital High Capital High Keely Inez Larson Tony Smith Capital High C.R. Anderson Middle School Brad Lewis John Miller Capital High Capital High Johnathan Mahoney Greg Wald Project for Alternative Learning Project for Alternative Learning Marisa Sanchez Autumn Johnstone Capital High formerly Smith Elementary Cheyenne Steffens Anne Bartsch Capital High Hawthorne Elementary Margaret Sullivan Jonna Schwartz Helena High Helena High Andy Waterman Tom Pedersen Capital High Capital High Elijah Wynn Jim Schulz Helena High Helena High Devin Younker Terri Atwood Helena High Clancy Elementary High school teachers nominated Distinguished Achievers based on excellence in a specific curricular area, leadership, overcoming obstacles to achievement, or service.
  • 13. PARENTS Steve Allen Kelly Allen COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Assistant to three ballet teachers Leadership program with youth at church Sunday School volunteer Art PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Work for a year after high school, attend Helena College for core classes and then transfer to Montana State University in Bozeman. I want to eventually be a high school art teacher. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 I am very glad and honored to have met Mrs. Barbie-Rice. She is the most helpful art teacher I have ever had and doesn’t leave us lost, on our own with a painting when we are stuck. When you ask her a question about the subject of art, she knows what to say. She has taught me all of the basic aspects about art, even those that apply to life. It has been amazing having her as my teacher in more ways than one. If I walked into her classroom feeling gloomy, she would be there with the smile of a friend. She would do anything to help her students and they all love her. The atmosphere in her class has always been one of respect. I have a dream of being a teacher and she is the one who inspired me to go ahead with it. She has taught me to never give up until you reach your goal. Distinguished Achiever Elizabeth Allen Capital High School Distinguished Educator Mary Ann Barbie-Rice Capital High School elizabeTH allen 12 hefmt.org
  • 14. PARENTS Merwin Barrows Sandra Barrows COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES National Honor Society National Merit Finalist LINK Crew Leader Band President Science Club Secretary/Treasurer Science Bowl 3-7-77’s Club Treasurer Genetics Internship at Shodair Children’s Hospital SMART Team FIRST Robotics Team Biology Club Math Club Varsity Cross Country Varsity Track & Field PEAK G/T Helena High Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble Carroll College Jazz Combo Drumming performances at churches and community events PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Arizona where I plan to study microbiology and astronomy and play in the marching band, after which I want to travel around the world. In a nutshell, Mr. Loveridge is everything I could ask for in a band teacher. From the moment I walked into band class as a freshman, he has made me love every minute I spend playing music. Mr. Loveridge’s musical talent and passion for teaching, along with his quirky sense of humor and vibrant enthusiasm, make for an unparalleled learning experience in and out of the band room. With his inspiration, I will enjoy music for many years to come. Thanks for everything you do, Mr. Loveridge! Distinguished Educator Rob Loveridge Helena High School Distinguished Scholar Jordan Barrows Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 JoRDan baRRoWS 13hefmt.org
  • 15. PARENTS Ray Brekke Kari Brekke COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Captain of the CHS Football and Track teams Helped make sandbags for houses during the spring flood of 2011 Participated in the NAMI Walk for two years Helped set up for Governor Bullock’s Inauguration at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University where I will play football and enroll in the Health and Human Performance program to attain a degree in physical therapy. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 I chose Lon Carter as my distinguished educator, because he has had a much bigger effect on my life outside of athletics than one may think. I remember as a freshman, Mr. Carter was always hounding me and pushing me to be better, even when I thought I couldn’t be. It is this atti- tude in life that I feel separates mediocrity from greatness. I feel it is true in any aspect of life, whether it be athletic competition, school, or competing businesses; the one who puts in the most work will receive the biggest reward. Mr. Carter has also always been someone I talk to when I am in need of guidance and more often than not, he is the first one I go to. Mr. Carter is a second father to me, and I try every day to live my life by the lessons he has taught me. He has had an enormous impact on my athletic career and my education. I will forever be grate- ful for my four years with him, and will most definitely seek his guid- ance in college and later in life. I thank him from the bottom of my heart, and I can never be thankful enough for his impact on my life. Distinguished Educator Lon Carter Capital High School, retired Distinguished Achiever Gunnar Brekke Capital High School gunnaR bRekke 14 hefmt.org
  • 16. PARENTS Lori Tuck Dave Briar COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Music: guitar, mandolin, banjo Wire Choir Jazz Band Guitar teacher at Piccolos Music PEAK G/T PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, to study psychology and maintain a musical job/hobby. Julie Mitchell subscribes to every goal she asks of her students. While she encouraged me and my classmates to go big, she herself continually pushed the edge of her own comfort zone with the events she organized. Mrs. Mitchell never stops at ‘good enough’, but continually seeks to redefine what she can give to her students. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she sees herself as a personal mentor to each student, pushing all to improve individually. I still see myself as her student; I am still learning from her. Distinguished Educator Julie Mitchell PEAK Gifted & Talented Distinguished Scholar Cory Briar Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 coRy bRiaR 15hefmt.org
  • 17. PARENT Gregory Burns COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Helena High School Varsity Swim Team Helena Lions Swim Team Academic All State State Championship Swim Team National Merit Scholarship Finalist President of the National Honor Society Co-President of the Biology Club Member of the State HOSA Team PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend college to study chemistry and biology and then attend medical school. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Ms. Sandy Wardell has had a profound impact upon my life. Her enthusiasm and dedication to biology first cultivated my passion for medicine, and she has continued to influence my decisions regarding my choice of study. As Co-President of the Biology Club, I appreciated her mentorship because she opened my eyes to the diverse fields of biology, and I credit her with fostering my love of the life sciences. Without Ms. Wardell, I would not be where I am today, and her influence continues to help guide my life choices. Distinguished Scholar Austin Burns Helena High School Distinguished Educator Sandy Wardell Helena High School auSTin buRnS 16 hefmt.org
  • 18. PARENTS Kristy Case Dan Case COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES HHS Bengalettes Co-Captain MTAD, Mentoring Teens against Drugs Student Council National Honor Society Holter Museum of Art volunteer Link Crew Leader Volunteer on mission trips serving the community PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Portland. Mrs. Hartman’s class was never short of exciting. Her enthusiastic teaching, along with her endless joy, created a fun learning environment that made even the most boring topics interesting, while her bright smile could lift anyone’s day. Her willingness to help students and ensure their learning and understanding demonstrated her love for teaching. Not only did she teach us about the Incans, Mayans, and Aztecs, she also taught us to be creative and adventurous, opening our minds to the possibilities and wonders of the world. Thank you, Mrs. Hartman, for making my middle school experience a little bit brighter. Distinguished Scholar Madison Case Helena High School Distinguished Educator Peg Hartman Helena Middle School, retired a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 MaDiSon caSe 17hefmt.org
  • 19. PARENTS James Chamberlain Tina Chamberlain COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES President and Founder of Math Club Vice President of Science Club Participant on Science Bowl A-Team National Honor Society Helena Planned Parenthood Teen Council community service Pep Band as Flute/Piccolo Section Leader Helena High Percussion Ensemble PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend a four-year university and travel, experiencing as many other cultures as I can, and pursue a writing career after college. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Mr. Pogreba’s class was the first English class I ever thoroughly enjoyed. It was no regular English class where we learned about grammar while simultaneously talking about the “moral of the story”. Mr. Pogreba made his class one of the most informative I’ve ever taken, as well as the most fun and applicable. From spending a week as a prosecuting attorney in a mock trial to having debates about my hero, Chris McCandless, my experiences in his class altered the way I view the vast store of external knowledge around me that some call the world. Distinguished Scholar Katherine Chamberlain Helena High School Distinguished Educator Don Pogreba Helena High School kaTHeRine cHaMbeRlain 18 hefmt.org
  • 20. PARENTS Betsy Brandborg Brent Costain COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Cross Country Track Jazz and Pep Band Tutor Polling judge volunteer PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend either Lewis and Clark College or the University of Puget Sound. I plan to minor in music and major in something to do with biology, mainly conservation. Mrs. Schadt was my freshman Honors English teacher and I chose her as my Distinguished Educator for the Helena Education Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence because of those exact terms. When I was a timid and oblivious freshman, Mrs. Schadt introduced me to a new level of expectation. With a cheerful and loving personality, she set a standard for her students with a powerful belief in our abilities. She expanded my writing skills and guided me on a path to excellence. Distinguished Educator Marianne Schadt Capital High School Distinguished Scholar Tucker Costain Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 TuckeR coSTain 19hefmt.org
  • 21. PARENT Sally Beck COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Science Bowl Team Captain, State Champions Science Club President Boy Scouts of America Thespians National Honor Society Employed at the Myrna Loy Center PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Brown University. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Mr. Ryan Schulte is a stellar guy. With Kennedy-esque charisma and Woodrow Wilson’s abilities as an educator, Mr. Schulte excels at both teaching history with a verve and dedication equaled by few of his peers, and in relating entertaining anecdotes on subjects ranging from his service in Iraq to his noisy dog. As both a student and a teaching assistant, I have had the chance to learn from and work with this top-notch educator. He has taught my fellows and me a great deal and deserves this honor. Distinguished Educator Ryan Schulte Helena High School Distinguished Scholar Thomas Culver Helena High School THoMaS culveR 20 hefmt.org
  • 22. PARENTS Ray Dawes Staci Dawes COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Varsity Football Captain Varsity Basketball Captain Varsity Track All Conference First Team Football All State First Team Football Capital High Defensive Line MVPl and Defensive MVP East/West Shrine Game Nominee & Player Montana/North Dakota All Star Game Nominee & Player Peer Mentoring Volunteer Youth Sports Coach, Baseball and Flag Football Academic All State in Football, Basketball and Track Honor Roll PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana Tech in Butte to play football and study to become a teacher and coach. As a freshman and junior, I walked into “Papa Solomon’s” World Cul- ture and U.S. History room and read the first rule on the syllabus: “proper use of the word like.” Right then I knew, like right then that this teacher and his classes were going to be challenging. His classroom was always a great journey whether we were traveling somewhere in our notes, working on projects or just playing “Current Events.” I learned from him and his crazy first rule that our words are often what make a first impression. I also learned that being accountable is important. Mr. Solomon is not only a great teacher, but he is also a great coach and role model. He has taught me that regardless of how much we have going on in our lives, it is important to prioritize the important things and stay fo- cused. After two years, I know I want to be just like him. Thank you for being my inspiration and for helping me get where I am today! Distinguished Achiever Levi Dawes Capital High School Distinguished Educator J.D. Solomon Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 levi DaWeS 21hefmt.org
  • 23. PARENTS Rick DeMarinis Kathy DeMarinis COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Capital High Valedictorian Swimming, All-State & Academic All-State Chamber Orchestra, Section Leader State Music Festival, Superior Rating Youth Alive, Secretary/Treasurer National Honor Society Helena School District Educational/ Facility Planning Steering Committee, CHS Representative Cathedral of St. Helena, Bible Camp Group Leader & Music Ministry Meuret’s Swingin’ Strings Helena Lions Swim Team PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I have accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 I have been extremely blessed to have Mr. Peterson as my math teacher these past two years. He has an amazing ability to explain complex concepts in a way that really connects with me, even when our calculus equations have more letters than numbers. He always knows when I need help and how best to help me. But equally important, Mr. Peterson is the kind of teacher who makes learning fun. He is always ready to share a joke or funny story, and the joy he has for teaching is truly inspiring. Thank you, Mr. Peterson! Distinguished Achiever Gabriella DeMarinis Capital High School Distinguished Educator Dennis Peterson Capital High School gabRiella DeMaRiniS 22 hefmt.org
  • 24. PARENTS Peter Donnelly Lynn Donnelly COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES National Merit Scholarship Finalist Presidential Scholar Candidate 4.0 Cumulative GPA Varsity Volleyball letter, 2 years Varsity Basketball letter, 2 years Varsity Softball letter, 2 years Western All-Conference Softball Team Member Catholic Youth Coalition Board Member LINK Crew Member MTAD Member HOSA Member PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend a four year university to study biological or chemical engineering with a minor in Spanish. Every day that I walked into Mrs. Dunkle’s classroom was an adventure. Engaging fifth graders is by no means an easy task. Mrs. Dunkle managed to not only keep me deeply interested, but sparked a love for science in me that lasts to this day. By encouraging me to question the natural world and allowing a hands-on approach to investigation, she showed me how fascinating the environment can be. She taught me to look at the world with a different perception, inspiring me with her love of science and nature. Distinguished Educator Deah Dunkle Smith Elementary Distinguished Scholar Mackenzie Donnelly Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Mackenzie Donnelly 23hefmt.org
  • 25. PARENTS Mike Dowling Sherri Dowling COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Link Crew 3-7-77’s Service Club Peer Mentoring National Honor Society DECA, past marketing director and current president DECA, state placement for events in community service Math Club Helena High Varsity Cheer Captain Helena Exchange Club Youth of the Month Volunteer at God’s Love, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Team Austin Rodeo for a boy with Leukemia, Race for the Cure, Governor’s Cup, NAMI Walk, Go for the Gold fundraiser for childhood cancer, Festival of Trees and Santa’s Room Co-planned a benefit carnival for an eight year old with a rare bone cancer, raising $22,000 to help with her medical expenses PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University to study physical therapy, and later specialize in pediatrics. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Math has always been one of my favorite subjects; however, Mr. Burkett’s math class fostered an even greater fondness for it. I found myself wanting to learn more each day. He showed genuine care toward everyone. I had Mr. Burkett my junior year of high school, a year I was also battling some difficult and ongoing health issues. When it began to impact my school life, Mr. Burkett did not hesitate to help. He knew I would want to maintain my 4.0 GPA and would email me daily with work and notes to keep me up to date with the class, proving to me that teachers truly care about their students. Not only did Mr. Burkett help me through an extremely difficult time, but he has also continued to be very motivating and an inspiration for me. He has influenced me to choose a career in which I can make a change and use my life experi- ences to guide me into doing my best. With such a humble personality, he will never truly grasp how he has influenced my life, and will change many more students to come. Distinguished Educator Clay Burkett Helena High School Distinguished Achiever Courtney Dowling Helena High School couRTney DoWling 24 hefmt.org
  • 26. PARENTS Tami Ellis Dirk Ellis COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Varsity Cross Country Varsity Track Academic All-State for Cross Country and Track Helena Food Share Volunteer Our Redeemers Lutheran Church Youth Leader Tri-M Music Honors Society Treasurer Math Club Treasurer Outdoors Club Co-President National Honor Society PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University to study engineering. I have been lucky and honored to have been taught, coached, and mentored by Ed Darfler since I was in Kindergarten. All through grade school I looked forward to going to gym class so I could see “Mr. Mean;” his name of endearment from all his students. He made every gym day something new and exciting. Mr. Darfler has always believed in me, from Kindergarten through my senior year, even when I doubted my own ability. He taught me that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Thank you, Mr. Darfler! Distinguished Educator Ed Darfler Rossiter Elementary Distinguished Scholar Duncan Ellis Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Duncan elliS 25hefmt.org
  • 27. PARENTS John Hartman Denise Hartman COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Venture Scouts Community service Track and Field Basketball Volleyball Softball Soccer PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Helena College for two years and transfer to the University of Montana where I will major in criminology, and minor in behavioral psychology to pursue a career in law enforcement a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 When I picture achievement and success, Shaun Deola is my image. He teaches psychology and government, my two favorite classes and top picks for my college major. Mr. Deola is a hardworking, education hungry, caring individual who takes time to get to know his students. He recognizes the importance of fulfilling achievements outside of high school. My two years with Mr. Deola have impacted my life in major ways. He relates with me in ways that my other teachers cannot. Last year, he called my parents saying how proud he was of my essay, describing certain life events that play a huge part in our relationship, and how I could trust him with such information. Shaun Deola deserves this award and more. Distinguished Educator Shaun Deola Capital High School Distinguished Achiever Kandace Fode Capital High School kanDace (foDe) HaRTMan 26 hefmt.org
  • 28. PARENTS Keith Foster Susan Foster COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Helena Lions Swim Team Helena High School Swim Team, State Champions Link Crew Leader National Honor Society Vice President Co-Editor of The Nugget PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Swim competitively at Seattle University and pursue a double major in English and Women & Gender Studies. As my coach from 7th grade until the beginning of my senior year, Kirk Ermels helped me become a faster swimmer than I could have imagined. However, his impact extends much farther than the pool. Kirk focused on developing values such as leadership, hard work and perseverance - skills that will serve me long after I hang up my swimsuit. His passion on the pool deck taught me that by pouring your whole self into what you love, you set yourself up for success in whatever you pursue, and I will be forever grateful to him. Distinguished Scholar Emma Foster Helena High School Distinguished Educator Kirk Ermels formerly Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 eMMa foSTeR 27hefmt.org
  • 29. PARENTS Bryan Fox Laurie Fox COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES National Honor Society Science Club President Mountain Spirit Aikido Assistant Instructor Helena High School Percussion Ensemble Conductor Helena High Science Bowl B Team Captain PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend college to study chemistry and mathematics and pursue my interest in martial arts. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Whether it’s traveling across the country to compete or watching the news together every morning, the time that I spend with Mr. McCarthy has been the highlight of my high school career. His amazing teaching style and endless knowledge are qualities that make him a great teacher. Letting me call him silly nicknames like McSizzle or McCarthybot and harboring me when I want to skip class to sleep on his couch are ways that he shows he really cares. Mr. McCarthy, you are one of my best friends. Distinguished Educator Gerald McCarthy Helena High School Distinguished Achiever Benjamin Fox Helena High School benJaMin foX 28 hefmt.org
  • 30. PARENTS Beth Giddings Brian Giddings COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Varsity Cross-Country Varsity Tennis Captain National Honor Society Outdoors Club Math Club Secretary Key Club Secretary Latin Club President Exchange Club Student of the Month Girls State Delegate Voted Most Likely to Succeed PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Montana and explore my academic interests, considering majoring in international relations or economics. At first I was worried about getting my clothes dirty. Now, however, I walk into Mr. Lane’s classroom expecting to walk out of it looking a bit messier and a lot happier. I’ve always had a talent for art, yet it was through Mr. Lane that I discovered what art is truly about—not perfection, but creativity, passion, and a little experimentation. For the rest of my life, I will harbor a love for art (and messiness) that flourished with each day I spent in his class. Thanks, Mr. Lane. Distinguished Scholar Megan Giddings Capital High School Distinguished Educator Scott Lane Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Megan giDDingS 29hefmt.org
  • 31. PARENT Peggy Pillman COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Planned Parenthood Teen Board Peer Mentoring, working with 8th graders about bullying, cyber-bullying, and violence Volunteer in second grade classroom for math and reading Link Crew, working with incoming freshmen at Capital High School Varsity Bruin Cheerleader Elections volunteer Volunteer for Governor Bullock’s Children’s Ball PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University Montana to major in criminology or psychology. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Ms. Morand gives the quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” its true definition. Ms. Morand is an inspiration not just to me, but to all her former students who have had the opportunity to have her as a teacher. She is kind-hearted, continuously encouraging, always has a smile on her face, and always strives to teach something new every day. She has inspired me to not only better myself, but also to change and shape my future. To say “Thank you” would be an understatement for what she’s done for me; however, I can start there, so thank you, Ms. Morand. Distinguished Achiever Beth Glueckert Capital High School Distinguished Educator Kelley Morand Capital High School beTH glueckeRT 30 hefmt.org
  • 32. PARENTS Bree Green Mark Green COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Peer Mentoring at Capital High School, tutoring in elementary schools and teaching students about healthy relationships Peers Lunch at Capital High with special needs students God’s Love homeless shelter volunteer PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I love hanging with my family and friends and can’t wait to start my own journey in life. I plan to move to Great Falls and have an interest in becoming a dental hygienist. From day one, I have loved coming into your artistic world every morning. You have so many great qualities that make you a wonderful young woman. Your smile was bright when your students needed a boost in life. Having you as my teacher for two years in Applied Design (Art) and as an assistant, you have made me appreciate how much you impact your students’ lives. You encourage all your students to take their thoughts and incorporate them into a piece of artwork. Mrs. Jaynes, you have such a passion for teaching and interacting with your students. You’re always making new memories for your students at Capital High School. Thank you for making my senior year the best. Let your smile keep shining and live your dream of being the great teacher you are. Distinguished Achiever Kayla Green Capital High School Distinguished Educator Ingrid Jaynes Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 kayla gReen 31hefmt.org
  • 33. PARENTS Dan Hamper Lisa Hamper COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Participated in the Helena spring and fall Art Walk four years in a row, setting up and displaying my art Showed my paintings at the Holter Museum PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend college to further my art career and express my creativity. I love many forms of creative art, from painting to sculpting. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 I learned from Mrs. Anderson that to be able to teach and teach well, you must love your subject unconditionally. Her passion and desire to pass on what she knows has inspired me to harness my love of art into something I can share. Her enthusiasm and zest for life has inspired me to be a better student and person. She allowed me to experience various art media, but also challenged me to step outside of the box. Her encouragement and challenges caused something to grow and flourish in me. I want to thank her for everything she has done for me; she opened my eyes to follow my dreams. Distinguished Educator Genevieve Anderson Capital High School Distinguished Achiever Danni Hamper Capital High School Dannielle HaMPeR 32 hefmt.org
  • 34. PARENTS Ron Hand Connie Hand COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Youth Build participant Youth Build Crew Leader Kiwanis Student of the Month Spring 2012 PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Work for a year in construction before going to school to prepare for owning my own construction company. I chose Emily Petersen as my Distinguished Educator because she has helped me with everything from family problems to helping me graduate. She has been a great influence on my high school career. She worked with me to figure out all of my credits as well as help me pick classes that would be best for me. Ms. Petersen is an amazing educator which anybody who has had her should know. She can help any students with any and everything they need. Distinguished Educator Emily Petersen Project for Alternative Learning Distinguished Achiever Jason Hand Project for Alternative Learning a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 JaSon HanD 33hefmt.org
  • 35. PARENTS John Hartman Denise Hartman COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Catholic Youth Coalition Board Member Civil Air Patrol Cadet Airman First Class Junior Police Leadership Academy graduate Sonlight Auction server Justice Outreach Project participant Good Samaritan Fashion Show server Capital High Travel Club member Boy Scout Tree Lot volunteer Girl Scout Day Camp counselor Thanksgiving Food Basket distributor St. Mary’s Parish Senior Thanksgiving Dinner server PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Carroll College a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 I first met Mrs. Stoner when she came to my eighth grade classroom to prepare her future advanced English students. I was thrilled, but also nervous to start high school. I soon learned that Mrs. Stoner was my ideal teacher, neither too strict nor too forgiving, and always caring. She was most concerned while I struggled with my health and made me feel good about myself for persevering through those tough times. The respect and admiration I have developed for Mrs. Stoner make her more than distinguished to me. Distinguished Educator Kelly Stoner Capital High School Distinguished Achiever Allison Hartman Capital High School alliSon HaRTMan 34 hefmt.org
  • 36. PARENTS Kelly Horne Kalli Horne COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Created the non-profit Kicks4Kidz to raise money for children in need by selling custom shoes Vice President of Helena High DECA Volunteer at God’s Love and Good Samaritan Volunteer at Ray Bjork Special Needs Preschool Helena Education Foundation Carnival Classic volunteer First Place DECA Project for the State of Montana & qualified for nationals Class Act Award Helena Youth Electrum, First Place Painting and Drawing Illustrated the children’s books Charcoal and Is the Sleeping Giant Really Sleeping? Night to Shine work: radio commercial, filmed auditions, public relations committee, one of the MCs Created a booth for the Festival of Trees and decorated Santa’s Room Participated in the H2O for Hope, a fashion show of recycled material with proceeds going to build wells for clean water in Africa PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University to study art and business. When I look back on what I learned in fifth grade, it’s not the material that Mrs. Badger taught that made an impact, it’s the many life lessons that she instilled in me. She taught me to never lose faith in what I believe in and that “what is popular is not always right.” Because of women like her, I now know the true meaning of these words and they have helped me stand for what I believe. She truly made an impact on me and I’m glad to say she was my teacher. Distinguished Achiever Kaelin Horne Helena High School Distinguished Educator Sandee Badger Clancy Elementary, retired a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 kaelin HoRne 35hefmt.org
  • 37. PARENTS David Jacobson Teresa Jacobson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Rotary Club Student of the Month National Honor Society Academic All State First Team All State Soccer Selection First Team All Conference Soccer Selection Varsity Soccer Captain John Driscoll Memorial Citizenship Award USSA Certificate of Academic Achievement Vacation Bible School instructor PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University where I will complete a pre-medicine intake major while earning a degree in biochemistry. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Over the course of my high school career, Matt Lyng has played an influential role in and out of the classroom. Being a well-rounded teacher along with an experienced soccer player and coach, Señor Lyng has always been passionate about what he does. When I took his Spanish 2 and Spanish 4 classes, he was always there with the aim of teaching us in a positive and enjoyable way. Along with that, he cheered us on at every home soccer match. Matt Lyng has been an inspiration in my life. Distinguished Scholar Casey Jacobson Capital High School Distinguished Educator Matt Lyng Capital High School caSey JacobSon 36 hefmt.org
  • 38. PARENTS Brenda Johnson Dave Johnson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Capital High Design Club VFW, Voice of Democracy Contestant First Christian Church of Helena, member and volunteer Food Share volunteer and advocate Goodwill and Good Samaritan volunteer Wounded Warrior Project participant Track and Field National Honor Society PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Montana. Math hasn’t always been my strong suit; I struggled and often gave up. That was until I stepped into Mr. Long’s class. I didn’t think it would be any different, but that one year changed my outlook. With much patience, Mr. Long was able to build my confidence and help me to understand. He didn’t give up on me, even when I had given up on myself. With his guidance, I received my first A in math. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been in Mr. Long’s class and to thank him for his help. Distinguished Achiever Hannah Johnson Capital High School Distinguished Educator Gary Long Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 HannaH JoHnSon 37hefmt.org
  • 39. PARENTS David Charles Larson Donna Jo Larson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Dancer and dance instructor Involved with my youth group and events at church Volunteered at youth event, Chrysalis Taught and choreographed a small piece for kids at Intermountain to perform Co-Leader of Helena’s Invisible Children group, planning a benefit concert that raised $3,000 for Invisible Children, an organization that is trying to stop the use of child soldiers in Africa PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University in the honors program and major in exercise science. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Mr. Smith was by far the best teacher I’ve ever had. He obviously loves his job and that made learning from him much more interesting. His class prepared me so well for high school and opened up my eyes to my interest in chemistry. I have had teachers who I think are great people, but not necessarily the greatest teachers, or vice versa. Mr. Smith is both. I am so thankful to have had him in my life, as a teacher and a role model. Distinguished Achiever Keely Inez Larson Capital High School Distinguished Educator Tony Smith C.R. Anderson Middle School keeley inez laRSon 38 hefmt.org
  • 40. PARENT Lisa Lewis COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Charity involvement Race for the Cure Wounded Warriors The Governor’s Cup PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Study network technologies at Missoula College for two years then pursue a Bachelors degree in applied science. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. —Martin Luther King, Jr. As an educator, Mr. Miller embraces these words and he incorporates them into his daily teaching schedule. The first time I met Mr. Miller he said, “You may not learn anything from this class but you will begin to think.” Although not as eloquent as Dr. King’s words, they were and still are my inspiration. Distinguished Achiever Brad Lewis Capital High School Distinguished Educator John Miller Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 bRaDley leWiS 39hefmt.org
  • 41. PARENTS Craig Linke Mary Kay Linke COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Cross Country Team Captain Distance Track National Honor Society 3-7-77’s Service Club Treasurer Health Occupation Students of America Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church volunteer Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp volunteer Helena Food Share volunteer Church Youth Group Music and Small Groups Leader Helena Dynamos Mountain Biking Club Founder PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Carroll College to study science and run cross-country for the Saints. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Even people who didn’t have Mr. Shenkle in class knew who he was—the loud guy in the upstairs Science hallway. He was extremely passionate about his subject and students, whether he was yelling something about dilution or asking you how your most recent activity went. His sense of humor and joy in learning were infectious, even when you were on the receiving end of his jokes. Mr. Shenkle brought a passion and enthusiasm to the classroom that made chemistry the highlight of every day, and I was lucky to learn from him. Distinguished Educator Doug Shenkle Helena High School, retired Distinguished Scholar Baird Linke Helena High School baiRD linke 40 hefmt.org
  • 42. PARENTS Jodi Marcum Doug Shorter COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Placed first in the Decision Making event for the Junior Class Volunteer at the Helena Ice Palace President of PAL’s JMG program One of four Montana delegates to the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Montana Western to get a Bachelors degree in health and human performance Greg Wald has had a very significant, positive impact on my high school experience by connecting with me and always helping me go down the right educational path. He has sparked my interest in school by making learning enjoyable again to the point that I never want to miss a day of school. He has helped me through hard life problems by giving me phenomenal support when I needed it most. He has also brought out the best in me ranging from the classroom to my life outside of school. Distinguished Educator Greg Wald Project for Alternative Learning Distinguished Achiever Johnathan Mahoney Project for Alternative Learning a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 JoHnaTHan MaHoney 41hefmt.org
  • 43. PARENTS Michele Marsh Neil Marsh COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Outdoors Club Spanish Club Math Club Vice President ECO Club Vice President National Honor Society Skiing Frisbee Food Share volunteer St. Paul’s Youth Group Volunteer backpack trips for trail maintenance with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Pursue computer science as a major with a minor in history or anthropology at Montana State University or Gonzaga University. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 While Mr. Simms may not have the most dynamic teaching style, he does have the most informed and useful lectures, which I thank him for. From discussing current events, regardless of time, to talking about government, he makes every class relevant to his students’ lives. Even just listening to his stories of sailing and of Russia gives me incentive to do more with my life. Through two years with Mr. Simms, I have found his simple way of teaching with lectures and discussions to be my favorite way of learning. Distinguished Educator Laurie Simms Capital High School Distinguished Scholar Brian Marsh Capital High School bRian MaRSH 42 hefmt.org
  • 44. PARENTS Jonathan Matthews Stephanie Matthews COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Technology Tutor Volunteer at Lewis and Clark Library National Merit Finalist Presidential Scholar Candidate MEA-MFT Student Representative on selection panel for Montana Teacher of the Year Varsity Cross Country and Track National Honor Society Link Crew Leader Food Share Volunteer PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Northeastern University to study computer science. I was fortunate enough to experience the teaching of Danna Sinnott for two years of my high school career before she retired. Mrs. Sinnott was genuinely dedicated to making a difference for every one of her students, and her compassion, insight, wit, and in teaching Spanish made her class one that I loved. Rarely does one find a teacher who is so approachable and who makes a real effort to connect personally with students, affectionately teasing them while pushing and helping them to do their best on the challenging material of the class. Mrs. Sinnott, you’re awesome, and the world needs more teachers like you. Distinguished Educator Danna Sinnott Helena High School, retired Distinguished Scholar Kyle Matthews Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 kyle MaTTHeWS 43hefmt.org
  • 45. PARENTS Carol Schmidt Gerald McCarthy COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Dancer with Queen City Ballet for fourteen years Member of Mentoring Teens Against Drugs Secretary of Helena High Student Council National Honor Society Helena High Link Crew Leader Peer Mentor at Central and Bryant Elementary Schools Helena Exchange Club Student of the Month Young Arts Merit Award Winner in Dance/Ballet PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Columbia University in New York City and study biology while continuing to dance. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 When I first walked into Ms. Kempa’s Montessori class as a fourth grader, her bright smile, colorful hair, and welcoming attitude set the stage for two spectacular years in her classroom. Ms. Kempa’s enthusiasm and her belief in the unlimited potential of her students encourages her students to do better and learn more. Personally, I know I have done better and learned more because of my time in Ms. Kempa’s classroom. Thank you, Ms. Kempa, for having such a positive impact on my education and continuing to be an amazing friend. Distinguished Educator Charla Kempa Central Elementary Distinguished Scholar Madison McCarthy Helena High School MaDiSon MccaRTHy 44 hefmt.org
  • 46. PARENTS Melody Olson Terry Olson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA for 13 years Vice President of Bio Club Science Olympiad Team National Honor Society Helena High School Link Crew Employee and Team Leader at K9 Kondos PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University to pursue degrees in anthropology and sociology with a criminology option and minor in history. Then I plan on going to graduate school. I chose my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Grimes, as my Distinguished Educator because she inspired and pushed me to succeed in mathematics. This in turn encouraged me to challenge myself in all other subjects, to see if I could also succeed in them as much as I have in math. Thanks to Ms. Grimes I have not only continued to challenge myself and succeeded, I have surpassed limits that I would never have thought possible. Distinguished Scholar Heather Olson Helena High School Distinguished Educator Judi Grimes East Valley Middle School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 HeaTHeR olSon 45hefmt.org
  • 47. PARENTS Shawn Peterson Lisa Peterson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Varsity track DECA Secretary 4-H Band Tri-M Musical Honors Society Future Farmers of America National Honor Society Volunteer at Helena Food Share Volunteer at God’s Love Community volunteer work through DECA: Food Share, Meals on Wheels, Pad for Paws, NAMI Volunteer at First Lutheran Church Night to Shine Judge Night to Shine Coordinator 2012 Senior Track Captain PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend a Montana university and major in business. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 The moment I set foot in Mrs. Conn’s classroom, I knew something was different; perhaps it is her dedication and love for her job or maybe it is the potential she pursues in each of her students. Over the last three years Mrs. Conn has continually inspired me, from the way she handles adversity to the way she fights for what she believes in. Mrs. Conn has become more than my teacher, she is my mentor and role model. Thank you, Mrs. Conn, for always supporting me. Distinguished Scholar Katya Peterson Capital High School Distinguished Educator Karey Conn Capital High School kaTya PeTeRSon 46 hefmt.org
  • 48. PARENTS Russell Ratcliff Kendall Ratcliff COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Capital High Varsity Tennis Allegro School of Dance National Honor Society, Secretary/Treasurer Eco Club President Helena Math Circle Outdoors Club Link Crew Leader Youth Forest Monitoring Program with U.S. Forest Service Montana Conservation Corps Rotary Club Student of the Month National Merit Finalist Pen & Ink PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University to study environmental or bio-resource engineering. When I met Mrs. Watson, I was a small first grader filled with a brimming curiosity about the world and a tendency to devour books. Mrs. Watson gave me the opportunity to take on the challenges I craved and allowed me to explore my own diverse interests. The encouragement to pursue my passions and to achieve success as a six year old has always stuck with me. Mrs. Watson instilled the confidence I have relied on to become an exceptional student and provided the questions necessary to occupy my active young mind. Thanks for a great beginning, Mrs. Watson! Distinguished Educator Lori Watson formerly Radley Elementary Distinguished Scholar Jeana Ratcliff Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Jeana RaTcliff 47hefmt.org
  • 49. PARENTS Connie Humes Jim Robinson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Junior Varsity Helena High Tennis Team Montana Teens Against Drugs Teen Advisory Group Accepted on scholarship to School Year Abroad Italy: a foreign exchange program managed by a consortium of independent American high schools Gay-Straight Alliance Founding member Mensa Caritas Soup Kitchen Volunteer SAY IT! Online Newspaper writer Bullock-Walsh Gubernatorial Campaign Intern National Questbridge Finalist Work part time after school as an office assistant at Big Sky Brokers PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend an out of state four-year college and pursue a degree in international relations and economics. I also hope to continue traveling abroad independently and through foreign exchange. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Mrs. Curtis’s math class, characterized by her engaged enthusiasm and kind compassion, easily became my most anticipated class of the day. Her commitment and kindness towards her students continues to be unparalleled. I will never forget the many hours she spent after school challenging me to move ahead in the math curriculum. With Mrs. Curtis there were no limits to what could be imagined or accomplished. Thinking outside the box and being true to oneself were a must. As a teacher, she instilled in me a sense of confidence, excitement, and adventure that ultimately inspired me to study abroad in high school. Her unrelenting passion, dedication, and quirky sense of humor are characteristics I will always admire. Distinguished Scholar Samantha Robinson Helena High School Distinguished Educator Amanda Curtis formerly Helena Middle School SaManTHa RobinSon 48 hefmt.org
  • 50. PARENT Susan Rogge COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Orchestra for five years Violin lessons for ten years Piano for eight years Life Scout Boy Scouts of America Troop 414 Quartermaster and Senior Patrol Leader Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl, third place National Honor Society PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University to major in music and explore other areas such as engineering. Mr. John Peskey arrived at Helena High as I arrived as a freshman. His incredible knowledge of music and style of teaching has brought me leaps closer to mastery of the violin, which lies miles away. He has not only taught me musical appreciation of all genres, but Mr. P balances the humor of a jester contrasted with his monk-like passion and dedication to music. Distinguished Scholar Brian Rogge Helena High School Distinguished Educator John Peskey Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 bRian Rogge 49hefmt.org
  • 51. PARENTS Chris Sanchez Judy Sanchez COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Varsity Cross Country Track and Field Team Captain National Honor Society Capital High Key Club Secretary Community service through school clubs PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Carroll College or Montana State University to pursue a career in engineering a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Mrs. Autumn Johnstone was my 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Montessori Program at Smith Elementary School. Mrs. J. and the Montessori Program shaped my methods of learning and helped me to become both more independent, as well as a team player. I have always admired the way Mrs. J. runs her class with authority, but also makes sure all of her students know that their thoughts and ideas matter. I have nothing but respect for Mrs. Johnstone and hope that one day I will be able to inspire someone the same way she has inspired me. Distinguished Achiever Marisa Sanchez Capital High School Distinguished Educator Autumn Johnstone formerly Smith Elementary MaRiSa SancHez 50 hefmt.org
  • 52. PARENTS Andrea Scherting Mark Scherting COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Florence Crittenton Home weekly volunteer Helena Food Share volunteer Salvation Army volunteer Service trips to Spokane and Seattle Special Olympics volunteer coach for track & basketball Girls State 4-H Academic All-State Tennis Band Link Crew HHS Varsity Tennis Captain Helena Hot Shots Trap Team National Honor Society PEAK-Gifted and Talented Legislative Page Piano Presidential Award for Academic Excellence PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Helena College for general education classes, and then attend University of Montana for a degree in psychology, criminal psychology or teen-outreach counseling. I hope to go to graduate school and then travel and volunteer. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Chamberlain, has impacted my life in an indescribable way. From the first day of school, she welcomed us with big smiles and “Frog and Toad” stories that put all of us at ease. Her classroom had an environment that inspired me to achieve success through learning. Mrs. Chamberlain taught me more than just cursive and where to use commas; she taught me how to smile at every situation I may be faced with. She showed me the potential I had in my life and I don’t know where I would be without her. Distinguished Scholar Madeline Scherting Helena High School Distinguished Educator Peggy Chamberlain Montana City School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 MaDeline ScHeRTing 51hefmt.org
  • 53. PARENTS Jim Shea Kathy Shea COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES HHS 2013 Valedictorian National Honor Society Student Council Senior Class Representative Nugget Newspaper Page Editor Vigilante Yearbook Link Leader Ambiance Choir Women’s Ensemble Mentoring Teens against Drugs Writings on the Wall Science Circus Helena Exchange Club Youth of the Month Rotary Youth Leadership Award Campaign Intern for Sen. Jon Tester Grandstreet Theatre Grandstreet Summer Conservatory Grandstreet Student Advisory Board Distinguished Young Woman of Montana 2013 PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the Davidson Honors College of the University of Montana as a Presidential Leadership Scholar to major in journalism with a minor in creative writing a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve wanted to be a writer; but Mr. Brophy was the first teacher who made me feel like my dream could be a reality. In both Journalism and Newspaper classes, Mr. Brophy encouraged me to try new styles of writing, pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and taught me important lessons in journalistic integrity. Out of all of the teachers in my thirteen years of public education, I feel Mr. Brophy has prepared me the most for my chosen career path. Distinguished Educator Matt Brophy Helena High School Distinguished Scholar Kate Shea Helena High School kaTe SHea  52 hefmt.org
  • 54. PARENTS Kevin Smith Lauri Travis COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES CHS Cross-Country Team Captain CHS Track Team Captain National Honor Society President Tri-M Musical Honors Society President Love playing music at various locales around town PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend college, run cross country and track at the collegiate level, continue playing music. Over the past four years, Mr. Zehr has been a supportive role model in my life. He not only teaches music to students, but he has opened countless creative outlets for everyone in class. Exploring ideas in jazz band is always a highlight of the day. With his daily wit and humor mixed with life lessons and reflections, Mr. Zehr has created a wonderfully engaging classroom. Thank you, Mr. Zehr. Distinguished Scholar Colt Smith Capital High School Distinguished Educator Duane Zehr Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 colT SMiTH 53hefmt.org
  • 55. PARENTS Dominick Speranza Ellen Speranza COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Track & Field Captain Cross-Country Rock Climbing for 12 years on the Helena Thunder Chickens Vice President Math Club Co-President Outdoors Club Eco Club National Honor Society Math Circle Helena Food Share Volunteer Family Promise Cook Math Tutor PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, to study engineering and mathematics. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 It is difficult for me to describe how Mr. Chart influenced me in words, so I will try to do it with numbers. Three hundred sixty is the number of days I spent getting up for zero period where Mr. Chart’s electric enthusiasm shocks you awake. Twenty-one thousand six hundred is the number of minutes I spent learning the complex world of calculus. One million two hundred ninety-six thousand is the number of seconds spent enjoying every moment and deciding that my future will always include math. I owe this decision to Mr. Chart’s fun, easy to follow, and active teaching style. Thank you, Mr. Chart, for all the encouragement and support! Distinguished Scholar Dominick Speranza III Capital High School Distinguished Educator John Chart Capital High School DoMinick SPeRanza iii 54 hefmt.org
  • 56. PARENT Angela Steffens COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES NAMI Walk fundraiser to help raise awareness for mental illness Race for the Cure Capitol Classic Fun Run volunteer, a run to inform kids about healthy habits and living healthy lifestyles Employed at Capital City Health Club where I have the honor and opportunity of caring for young children which will help me excel in my future career as a neonatal nurse PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Montana in Missoula and pursue a nursing career, specializing in neonatal. Anne Bartsch has influenced me with her constant high spirit and positive attitude. She always taught me never to give up and to follow my dreams. She truly believed in me and made school work rewarding. She is someone who I look up to and as I continue on to college I will always remember her and the valuable lessons she taught me. Thank you, Mrs. Bartsch! Distinguished Achiever Cheyenne Steffens Capital High School Distinguished Educator Anne Bartsch Hawthorne Elementary a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 cHeyenne STeffenS 55hefmt.org
  • 57. PARENTS Michael Sullivan Amy Sullivan COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES HHS liaison for all foreign exchange students attending Helena High Band Cheerleading Bengalettes Science Circus Volunteer at Helena’s Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs to help prepare animals for surgery Volunteer for several local political campaigns throughout my public education Extra participation in class and assist my instructors in any way possible PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Montana in Missoula to double major in English and history. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Strong, brilliant and thoughtful are words that describe Jonna Schwartz; however, I couldn’t possibly summarize her entire personality in three words. Ms. Schwartz is truly indescribable. She possesses an uncommon passion for grammar, a keen knowledge of literature, and all the driving qualities of a first-wave feminist. She truly captivated my interests and encouraged me to pursue my passion for English. She gave me the confidence I needed to succeed in every way imaginable. You’ll never know how big an impact you’ve made on my life. Thank you. Distinguished Achiever Margaret Sullivan Helena High School Distinguished Educator Jonna Schwartz Helena High School MaRgaReT Sullivan 56 hefmt.org
  • 58. PARENTS Michelle Vanisko Chad Vanisko COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Premiere Dance Company Spanish Club DECA National Honor Society Catholic Youth Coalition Board Justice Outreach Project, a summer community service project in Browning on the Blackfeet reservation PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, to study political science and dance. After hearing Mr. Partridge jokingly shouting at his class and seeing him tossing Frisbees at people, I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. It turns out, I discovered my favorite, most influential teacher. Mr. Partridge connected history to the present, making me care more about how today’s world can be improved. Thanks to him, I’ve decided to major in political science and learn how to make those improvements. Though I don’t know where I’ll go from there, I know Mr. Partridge is the one to thank. So thank you Mr. Partridge, for everything. Distinguished Scholar Anastazia Vanisko Capital High School Distinguished Educator Jay Partridge Capital High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 anaSTazia vaniSko 57hefmt.org
  • 59. PARENTS Todd Waterman Lisa Waterman COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Varsity Football Basketball Track Small Fry Football referee Flag Football volunteer coach National Honor Society Helena Exchange Club Youth of the Month Award for December Homecoming Royalty NAMI walk participant and worker Helped flood victims sandbag homes Festival of Trees volunteer PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend college and study pre-med in hopes of going to medical school and becoming a doctor. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 The first thing, the greatest thing, and the only thing that comes to mind when I think of Mr. Pedersen is the amount of knowledge and ma- turity that I gained from being in his class. Most of one’s high school learning comes from X and O type lessons. Things like “the square root of 64 is 8” and “y=mx + b is a linear equation”, but after so many years of this, many students begin to ask themselves, “Will I really need to know this later in my life?” That question, which I hear asked by so many students, cannot be asked in Mr. Pedersen’s Science Seminar class. No matter where you intend to go, or what you intend to be, everything taught in Mr. Pedersen’s class can be applied to your life in some way. He has the ability to make even some of the most stubborn teenagers consider things far beyond themselves, and therefore dedicate themselves to leading a truly meaningful life. As an 18 year old, I can say that I deeply think about and consider things that most people don’t until much later in life, thanks to Mr. Pedersen. Distinguished Achiever Andy Waterman Capital High School Distinguished Educator Tom Pedersen Capital High School anDy WaTeRMan 58 hefmt.org
  • 60. PARENT Cindie Tenneson COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES President and Founder of Ukulele Club Three Time Night to Shine Performer 4-H Club President Roadside Trash Pickup Food Drive National Honor Society District Music Festival, two Superior Ratings State Music Festival, two Excellent Ratings Orlando National Music Festival, Superior Rating People to People Student Ambassador to Australia Appearance on Helena Civic Television performing jazz State Capital Band Member Guest Performer at 2012 Jazz and Just Desserts at the Holter Museum Volunteer Performer at the 2012 NAMI Walk Carnival Classic volunteer Pep Band Performer at churches including Plymouth Congregational, St. Paul’s Methodist and Life Point Church Volunteer Performer at the Staggering Ox PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend the University of Montana to study music. It has been an honor to know Jim Schulz both as a friend and as my teacher. I first met him during my sophomore year, and since then he has inspired me to be myself. Now I am a jazz instrumentalist, composer, and honor-achieving scholar. He has taught me not only the importance of the arts, but that music can mean more than words. His passion for teaching is unparalleled, and I am more than fortunate to have had the privilege of studying under him. Thanks, Mr. Schulz, for everything! Distinguished Achiever Elijah Wynn Helena High School Distinguished Educator Jim Schulz Helena High School a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 eliJaH Wynn 59hefmt.org
  • 61. PARENTS Steve Younker Dani Younker COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES Captain of high school hockey team Team Montana and Montana Selects Chosen for multiple traveling baseball teams Evergreen Clancy volunteer St. Peters Hospital events and gift shop volunteer Academic letter sophomore year Academic and citizenship awards, 8th grade, Clancy School Tutor/Mentor for younger students at Clancy Elementary Invited to participate in People to People Lead roles in the plays Huckleberry Finn and Charlie’s Aunt PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend Montana State University for my undergraduate studies and my Bachelors degree. After that I will take the dental admissions test into a graduate-level dental school to pursue a doctorate in dental surgery. a celebRaTion of eXcellence 2013 Terri Atwood is a devoted mentor who really took the time to notice the hard work I put into everything I do, making me push myself those few extra steps to be where I am today as a distinguished achiever. She gave me a lead role in two of the plays we put on over the course of two years and is the reason I was awarded the academic and citizenship award at my 8th grade graduation. She made me look forward to stepping into class every single day. Distinguished Educator Terri Atwood Clancy Elementary Distinguished Achiever Devin Younker Helena High School Devin younkeR 60 hefmt.org
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