Community briefs published Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

Community briefs published Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

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Church celebrates history in Helena

St. John's Lutheran Church is celebrating 125 years as a congregation in Helena. A video presentation of the history of the church will be presented Sunday, Feb. 16, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. This will include historical pictures of the church as it was beginning in 1895 when Swedish immigrants founded the first Lutheran church in Montana. The current building location was built in 1950.

Several musical concerts and activities will be held at St. John's over the next several months in honor of the 125th anniversary of the church. People in the community who are longtime members of the church or who have historical pictures of St. John's Lutheran Church are invited to share them with the congregation. Call the office at 442-6270, or drop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.

St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 1000 Helena Ave.

Cranium Cafe program series continues

Cranium Cafe, a program of Helena Community Connections, is a brain health workshop featuring brain health exercises and education in a relaxed, fun environment.

Participants learn and practice activities to keep the brain healthy as it ages. Nanette Whitman-Holmes, life enrichment director at Touchmark, facilitates. The series continues on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity is the series title. Psychologist, Molly Birkholm, presents.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Other refreshments are provided. Cranium Café is free, however non-perishables for Helena Food Share are suggested as a donation. Cranium Café begins at noon at 2330 E. Broadway.  All programs occur in handicapped accessible facilities and all HCC programs are life enrichment for those over 50. Contact Nanette at 449-4900 for more information. Visit


DECA Club fundraising for classmate

Students of the CHS DECA Club are hosting a fundraiser for CHS senior Alex Barker who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Students at Capital High are selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a 2000 Toyota Camry. Capital High’s Haley Moseman has already raised over $1,500, but she hopes the raffle will raise more to help Barker and his family cover his medical costs.

Raffle tickets are $10 or $15 for two and are available at Prestige Automotive, Helena Athletic Club, Capital High School, Capital City Barber and C.R. Anderson. The drawing will be held at the crosstown basketball game on Feb. 21.

Thespians participate in festival

Helena High Theater’s thespians recently participated in the states oldest theater festival in Montana at the 2020 Montana State Thespian conference in Missoula at the University of Montana.

The festival living up to the thespian ideal of fostering excellence in theater is a non-competitive event, however awards were given for outstanding student achievement.

Sarah Melborne Baker was awarded a University of Montana $750 merit scholarship (meaning she had to audition for it) and an Outstanding Actress in a Drama award for her role as Eva in Rylee Reynold’s original play “Wasps” directed by student Jillian Richards. The show also took the Outstanding 10 Minute Performance award. The cast of “Why You Shouldn't Let AI Write Scripts For You” written by Charles Barnett and directed by Baker, received an Outstanding Ensemble award. 

Morrison-Maierle offering scholarships

As part of a yearlong celebration of their 75th anniversary, Morrison-Maierle will be awarding 11 $750 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. These scholarships represent Morrison-Maierle’s commitment to building the workforce of the future.

One scholarship will be awarded to a student from each community where Morrison-Maierle has an office. This includes Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula in Montana, Casper, Cody, Gillette and Sheridan in Wyoming, and Spokane, Washington.

Scholarships may be used by those attending a higher-education institution on a full-time basis starting in fall of 2020. Students of all majors and fields of study are encouraged to apply.

Morrison-Maierle is accepting applications from now until March 15, 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Download an application at

For more information, contact Morrison-Maierle at

Grandstreet students win national award

Students from Grandstreet Theatre in Helena won a Freddie G Excellence in Ensemble Work and earned recognition at the 2020 Junior Theater Festival West, which happened Feb. 7-9 at Wells Fargo Pavilion. The Junior Theater Festival West united 2,200 students and educators from 48 educational musical theater groups representing 15 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, England and South Korea.

Grandstreet Theatre students presented selections from Disney's "The Little Mermaid JR." for Nina Meehan, founder and executive artistic director of Bay Area Children's Theatre; and Australian actor, producer, and director Daniel Stoddart, founder of Hunter Drama in Australia.

Grandstreet Theatre’s Aidan Van Wyk and Quincey Higgins were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of outstanding performers attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 2,200 festival attendees.

Produced by the Junior Theater Group in partnership with iTheatrics, a leading educational theater company that creates innovative experiences and products for both the public and the private sector, the Junior Theater Festival West celebrates young people and the transformative power of musical theater. 


Teresa Patten, of Helena, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Patten was initiated at Montana State University.

Patten is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. 

Carsen Dodge, of Clancy, has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2019 semester at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  Dodge received a 4.0 GPA.

Townsend student accepted to West Point

Congressman Greg Gianforte announced that Brock McDaid of Townsend received an offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. McDaid is a senior at Broadwater High School.

McDaid is a member of the National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. He also plays football and wrestles for the Bulldogs.

CHS send six to poetry competition

Six students from Capital High, Lea Hohenlohe, Jasmine Kunda, Abigayle Bibeau, Alex Crisp, Adrian Rincon-Jimenez and Haley Cox, traveled to Dillon to compete in the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition Feb. 12. They will be vying for the chance to go on to the state contest where one Montana student will win a trip to the National Finals in Washington D.C. in April.

The 2019-20 Poetry Out Loud competition is the state’s 15th. Poetry Out Loud nurtures a love and appreciation for poetry through memorization and recitation of contemporary and classical poems by reputed poets. Participants gain confidence in public speaking skills and in the interpretation of poetry. The National Endowment for the Arts partners with the Poetry Foundation to fund the event; Montana’s local sponsor is the Montana Arts Council. For more information about the competition, visit and

Rocky Mountain releases fall honor roll

Rocky Mountain College has announced the 2019 fall semester dean’s list which includes students who maintained a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average (GPA). High honors students who maintained a 4.0 GPA will be noted with an asterisk (*).

Clancy: Joshua Eckmann*

Helena: Keely Huth*, Kajlea Richards*

Townsend: Kristen Wheeling*

UM-Northern releases fall honor roll

The Montana State University-Northern’s fall 2019 semester dean’s list has been released. To be included in the dean’s list, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better.

Boulder: Joseph R. Doris

Clancy: Hadley S. Plummer, Victoria J. Hansen

East Helena: Darin A. Williams

Helena: Alexandra M. Culpon, Andrew R. Lilletvedt, Ashley L. Romero, Devin J. Crawford, Hailey R. Warren, Lucas D. Pender, Omar Barragan, Shandee K. Cook

Townsend: Jacy D. Thompson

Wolf Creek: Alex J. Odegard, Cody R. Barnes







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