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R-PHS Takes Home Two Top Trophies at Showcase 2019

Last night, R-PHS was the only school to take home two of the coveted Showcase trophies home!

In the category of group performances, “Killer Queens” featuring Cassidy Briggs, Ray Brock, Jaxon Carpenter, Anna Compton, Johnathan Krause, Laura Nolan, Brennan Norman, Gabby Peabody, Maizee Rogers, Maddy Wentworth and Jacob Westerhof sang “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.  Their stage performance was simply AMAZING, earning them top spot in the group performance category.

In the visual arts category, Cody Neinas earned his first place finish for his pencil artwork titled “Aged Emotions”

In the category of Literary Arts, Sarah Huiber was recognized as Honorable Mention with her poems titled: “Boxed Inside Myself”, “To Faith” and “The Monster You Make Of Us”.

Congratulations to our Showcase award winners!  You have made R-P proud!


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Graduation Bid Post

For those seniors (parents too, of course!) who have requested large numbers of tickets, we will be putting up for bid (all proceeds go directly to our grad night party), the luxury suites, loges and large party spaces.  The bidding map (below) shows the location and seating capacity of these spaces.  The bidding starts at $25.00 for each space. Bids can be increased in $5.00 increments only.  The winning bidder will receive the tickets for this space only.

Please notice the tunnel in the diagram below.  Girls will be entering onto the arena floor through the tunnel and turning left along the sections 101-109.  The boys will be entering onto the arena floor through the tunnel and turning right along the sections 120-113.  This will be helpful information if you’re interested in bidding on one of the party decks, suites or loges.


You can access the bid sites in two ways (listed below):

  • Access the bidding site through the R-P App.  The same icon is located at the bottom of the home screen

The next screen will ask you to provide username and password information.  Use the following information for:

  • Username = Student I.D. number
  • Password = Student date of birth (MMDDYY)

On the menu bar, click on Online Auction (see photo below)

Your next screen will look like this (photo below)

Click on the “Enter Auction” link (in green)

Ceremony Seating & Bid Screen (Photo below)

If you decide to bid on a Party Deck, Loge or Suite, click on the “BID $25.00” button for the area you desire seating for.  If your bid is the highest, the button will turn green.  If the button is red, someone else has the current highest bid.  You can then, if you choose, continue to bid for the space desired.

The bidding for the suites, loges and large party spaces will open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9th and close at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 12th.

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R-PHS Graduation Ceremony Using Ticket System

Reeths-Puffer High School’s graduation ceremony is a regal event and capstone celebration of our students’ education.  This event brings a large number of people to the L.C. Walker arena each year to celebrate the accomplishments of our senior class and welcome them as our newest alumni.

This past summer, the L.C. Walker Arena made extensive renovations to the facility that increased patron spaces on the mezzanine level as well as adding luxury suites and party decks..  The renovation did however, significantly reduce the number of seats available (from nearly 3,500 to 2,578.). The arena does have 700 standing-room only seating which brings their total capacity to just over 3,200.

The senior class of 2019 has nearly 300 soon-to-be graduates.  When a request for seats was sent out to all of our seniors, the total request for seats was just over 3,400. This number exceeds the capacity of the arena (including standing-room only).

To provide fairness to all graduates, a ticket system will be used to provide a guaranteed number of tickets for seats in the chair-back sections of the arena.  The number of tickets afforded to each senior will be limited to 8.  For  seniors who requested less than 8 tickets, they will receive their requested amount.  There will be no limit to the number of people for the standing-room only areas.

In a senior class assembly held in January, the President of the Class of 2019 held a random selection to inform classmates on the order (by initial of last name)  in which graduation tickets will be distributed.  The random order drawn was: X, N, V, E, U, H, T, Q, W, L, D, S, O, C, G, Y, J, F, B, M, Z, A, P, K, R, I.

For those seniors who have requested large numbers of tickets, we will be putting up for bid (all proceeds go directly to our grad night party), the luxury suites, loges and large party spaces.  The bidding map (below) shows the location and seating capacity of these spaces.  The bidding starts at $25.00 for each space. The winning bidder will receive the tickets for this space only.

The bidding for the suites, loges and large party spaces will open on Tuesday, April 9th and close Friday, April 12th at 12:00 noon.

Tickets will be issued to seniors on their official last day of school (Friday, May 24th).

This event will be streamed via YouTube Live, and will be located at:


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Rocket Alum Lands Prestigious Award


American Tree Farm System Honors Brittany VanderWall with 2019 National Leadership Award


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2019) The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is pleased to recognize Brittany VanderWall of Michigan with the 2019 National Leadership Award. The award recognizes the efforts of extraordinary volunteers for their leadership in motivating other volunteers, educating landowners and accomplishing his or her state committee’s forest conservation goals.

“Brittany has an incredible energy and enthusiasm for ATFS that is contagious. Not only has she inspired many other young forestry professionals to get involved in ATFS in Michigan, but also across the nation,” said Tom Martin, the president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, the organization that oversees ATFS. “We are at a time where we are seeing a changing of the guard in forestry – both with land ownership, as well as with the leaders and volunteers in ATFS. Brittany is at the vanguard of the next generation of resource professionals leading ATFS and helping to reach more family forest owners, and helping them increase their impact on wood, wildlife and clean water.”

ATFS is an internationally-known recognition and certification program that provides family and private forest owners with support and tools to keep their forests healthy and sustainable. It is administered nationally, and run at the state level by volunteer committees. VanderWall has been involved with Michigan ATFS since 2015 and has served as state Tree Farm Chair since 2016.

Brittany VanderWall

Upon becoming chair of the Michigan Tree Farm Program, VanderWall led an effort to change how the committee conducts business, moving it to a task and training-based structure and providing clearly defined roles for volunteers. This effort has inspired more foresters, who now feel their time is more valued, to get involved in the committee. This, along with renewing an incentives system and streamlining other protocols has ultimately allowed the Michigan Tree Farm Program to service landowners more effectively.

In addition to her volunteer commitments to the Michigan Tree Farm Program, Brittany is the District Forester for the Presque Isle Conservation District, working full time assisting family forest landowners in northern Michigan.  Her role includes educating landowners about forest ecology, proper timber harvesting practices and programs to participate in that suit the landowner’s needs, such as ATFS.  In her four years at the Conservation District, she has participated in or hosted more than 60 workshops, educational field days and seminars.

VanderWall was presented the award by U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen on February 26 at the 2019 ATFS National Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.


Contact: Elizabeth Greener; (202)-253-1096;

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The American Tree Farm System® is a network of 73,000 family forest owners sustainable managing 19 million acres of forestland. ATFS is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in the United States, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards. The American Tree Farm System® is a program, of the American Forest Foundation.


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R-PHS Choir Rates High With Judges

The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs performed at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s District Choral Festival in Grand Haven on Thursday, March 14th.  All RPHS Choirs received Division 1, Excellent Ratings for their performances and sight-singing.

Our select women’s choir, Vocal Fusion, was the first choir to sing at the competition.  Our host school’s teacher, Juli Dick, remarked, “Your ladies just set the bar high for the day!”  The RPHS Combined Women’s Choir (which includes Rocket Ladies Choir, MadriGALS, and Vocal Fusion), wowed the judges as well.  Gregory Cleveland, one of the judges, wrote, “I loved working with this choir!  Pure joy!”  He even took time to take a quick photo of the group, stating that he just wanted to share this moment with his daughter who used to sing in his combined women’s choir.  The RPHS Combined Women’s Choir went on to sight-sing perfectly for a 30 out of 30 score.

Our Rocket Men’s Choir and Mad Men performed “Inscription for Hope”  and “O Sole Mio” with freshman soloist Caleb Sobolewski.  The judges were impressed with the choirs beautiful tone, intonation, and outstanding diction.  While the men worked on their sight-singing, a storm raged outside the building making hearing difficult.  Instead of letting the added noise distract them, the choir stepped up their volume and earned a perfect score of 30 out of 30.

RP Madrigals premiered Eric Hester’s song “Before”.  Eric Hester is a Reeths-Puffer and Madrigal Alumnus.  The song was composed in the anticipation of his firstborn child.  Their performance of “Before” and “The Word” left two of the judges teary-eyed.  Judge Monty Bishop, and 2018 MSVMA Teacher of the Year, even followed Madrigals into the sight-singing room, to convey how moved he was by Madrigal’s performance.  The next day, Eric Hester congratulated Madrigals on a successful performance via cell phone, as he had seen the video of “Before” posted on Facebook.  RP Madrigals achieved perfect performance scores from all three judges, and they were invited to apply for a performance time at the Michigan Music Conference next year.
Over all, it was a great day for the RPHS Choirs, congratulations!
A few selections to listen to are presented below.
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R-P Educator Named Innovator of the Year

R-P Speech Pathologist and Co-Founder of Camp Shout Out, Ms. Julie Raynor, was awarded the 2019 Lakeshore Innovator of the Year award last week at a reception held at the Grand Valley State University Innovation Hub in downtown Muskegon.

Ms. Raynor became interested in young people who stutter when her young daughter woke up from a nap with a sudden and severe stutter.  Since that time (2007), Ms. Raynor has participated in numerous workshops and conferences dealing specifically with fluency.

Ms. Raynor’s own positive experience with summer camps in her youth helped give rise to Camp Shout Out.  Camp Shout Out is about:

  • Swimming, boating, ropes course, crafts, horseback riding, campfires and more.
  • Personalized communication goals targeted within small and large group interactions
  • Parent education, participation (first & last days of camp)
  • Experts in action!  Board certified speech pathologists & graduate students support

To learn more about Camp Shout Out, click here

With more than twenty potential winners, the five finalists were honored with a reception held at the Grand Valley Innovation Hub to be recognized for their innovations.  The reception program brochure is pictured below.

Ms. Raynor’s acceptance speech can be viewed below.  She’s an exceptional person!


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Grad Night Registration Deadline: March 28th

Seniors!  Yes, the members of the class of 2019!  Time is running out to get registered for Grad Night 2019!  The Grad Night party takes place on the campus of GVSU and it’s a night of fun that you will long remember.

Registration forms are available in the Student Services and completed forms can be turned into the same place, Student Services.

Home of 2019 Graduate Yard Signs are now available!  They are $20.00 each.  Signs will be on sale during conferences, March 26th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the high school.

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Hey Seniors….Get Hired!

Seniors: GET HIRED at the Muskegon Made Job Fair!

Need a job? Sign up to attend this year’s Muskegon Made Job Fair on Tuesday, April 30 from 9AM to 1PM at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center!

You will meet and connect with local employers ready to hire with positions that need to be filled! Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot by March 29, 2019! This event is for Muskegon County high school seniors only.

Want to learn more? Visit to explore our program, catch a glimpse of the job fair in action, and learn more about the employers who will be at the Career Tech Center on April 30.

How to Attend

Cost to attend: FREE! Sign up online at to reserve your spot by March 29, 2019.