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Thumbs up to graduating seniors Aine Lawlor of Helena High School and Jamie Seney of Capital High School, who have served as the student representatives on the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees since last fall.

Retiring board chair Aidan Myhre recently told them they have been “absolutely incredible” during their time advising the board on issues involving students.

“Your level of engagement, participation in the discussion and willingness to write a paper on weighted grades in the middle of finals, it’s just really impressive,” she added.

Trustee Cherche Prezeau said she appreciated their bravery, particularly when they were called upon to make presentations or speak on issues that were being opposed. Prezeau also thanked them for participating in meetings that often went on until midnight.

The school district’s Superintendent Jack Copps said he has never before worked with student reps of their caliber.

"You are just absolutely the best,” he said, adding that they not only made reports to the board but were active in influencing the community. “I’m super impressed with both of you.”

After sitting with them through many of those midnight meetings, our education reporter has been pretty impressed with them too.

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Thanks to a collaboration between Helena College and Lewis and Clark County, Helena-area children can now enjoy an iconic piece of playground equipment their parents and grandparents once used.

The red and white slide shaped like a rocket has been a fixture at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds since the 1960s, but it closed a little over a decade ago after falling into disrepair.

After being removed and restored by students at the local college, however, the rocket slide reopened at the fairgrounds during a ceremony Saturday afternoon.

This project gave the students an opportunity to gain practical metalwork experience, and it gave the community an irreplaceable gift that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

And we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in bringing this blast from the past back to Helena. 

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