Helena's annual Celebration of Excellence brought some of the area's best and brightest students and educators together Monday night.
Each year, the Helena Education Foundation recognizes students for their excellence in academics, endeavors in a particular subject area, leadership or triumph over adversity. They're then asked to identify educators who made the most significant impact on them during their academic journey. Both groups are then honored at the HEF's Celebration of Excellence.
This year, the HEF honored 71 pairs of distinguished students and educators during a get-together at Memorial Park. Gathering in smaller groups over a period of four hours, the students and educators picked up gifts and commemorative items, took photos and celebrated with family and friends.
Since its inception in 2003, the Celebration of Excellence banquet, along with an Independent Record insert that includes profiles of the students and their moving tributes to their distinguished educators, gives the community an opportunity to share in and honor these students’ achievements and their imminent graduation.
View student-submitted videos honoring their educators at Helena Education Foundation's website (www.hefmt.org/celebration-of-excellence/).