2021 Celebration of Excellence

2020 Distinguished Students and Educators

We recognize exceptional students who have demonstrated academic excellence, achievement, leadership or who overcame obstacles.

“I renewed my commitment to teaching.” – A Distinguished Educator after the Celebration of Excellence
Distinguished Scholars are selected on the basis of criteria developed by students, teachers and administrators, including GPA, number of high-level courses, total credit hours and activities.  Distinguished Achievers are nominated by educators and selected anonymously by an HEF committee.  Distinguished Students and Distinguished Educators are honored at an annual banquet in May.

Qualifications for Distinguished Scholars

Students must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of honors, AP, accelerated or college-level classes (eligible dual credit courses as listed) and a 3.7 GPA at the end of the 7th semester in order to qualify as a Distinguished Scholar, and a minimum 24 (2021-2022 school year) total credit hours by the end of the 7th semester (2020). Credits for non-core classes are limited to 2 credits of advanced study per area, such as music, art, language, etc.

[Qualifying Classes for CHS and HHS]

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

For more information, please contact the Helena Education Foundation at [email protected] or 443.2545.

Nominations for Distinguished Achievers

Educators identify Distinguished Achievers based on achievement in a specific curricular area, leadership, overcoming obstacles to achievement or service.  To nominate a Distinguished Achiever for 2021, please complete this brief form by Friday, February 4, 2022

Distinguished Educators

A Celebration of Excellence also honors the Distinguished Educators who had the most positive impact on their students’ academic journey. Each student writes a short message about why that educator was selected. Each educator selects a special book for the Distinguished Student, which he or she felt would be meaningful in the coming years.

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


If you are interested in sponsoring the Celebration of Excellence, please contact Lisa Cordingley at [email protected] or 443-2545.

Community Support

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

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