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Introducing the Top Ten for the Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018’s Top Ten

Congratulations to our seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement over the course of their high school career! The photo presents our top ten in rank order from left to right.  Their name and rank is also presented below:

  • 1st (Valedictorian):  Rachel Dobb
  • 2nd (Salutatorian): Jesse Moreira
  • 3rd: Hannah Hilliker
  • 4th: David McHugh
  • 5th: Lindsay Richardson
  • 6th: Lindsey Bos
  • 7th: Cody Jonaitis
  • 8th: Haley Ruiter
  • 9th: Emily Weessies
  • 10th: Kaylynn Moschke

Each member of the top ten shared their gratitude and plans with our principal, Mr. Beckeman at his annual top ten breakfast and a snapshot of their gratitude and plans are presented below:

Rachel Dobb:

First of all, I’d like to thank my wonderful family for their unfailing support.  I would also like to thank my friends for having my back.  These last four years have been a great four years that I’ll never forget.  I’m currently undecided on what college I’m attending next fall, but I plan on double majoring in English and Spanish.  Good luck Class of 2018!

Jesse Moreira:

I would like to thank my family for pushing me to be the best person I can be.  I would also like to thank my friends for supporting me along the way.  Lastly, I would like to thank the staff at Reeths-Puffer for providing me with the opportunities to thrive and succeed as a student.  Reeths-Puffer Schools  have given me the chance to become a driven, hardworking person. I plan to take these traits with me to the University of Michigan in the fall.  Best of luck and congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Hannah Hilliker:

The memories and success I’ve had here at Reeths-Puffer will last me a lifetime.  Most importantly, I need to thank my parents for making sure I had everything I needed to succeed; my siblings and friends for always having my back; and God for guiding me in this journey.  This fall, I will be attending the honors college at Trinity International on a soccer and academic  scholarship.  Good luck Class of 2018!

David McHugh:

High school at Reeths-Puffer has been an experience I will never forget.  I’ve had countless opportunities to grow as a person, friend and leader, whether it’s through soccer, basketball, track, NHS, IMPACT, or my classes.  I am truly thankful for my family, friends and teachers for always pushing me to be better than I thought I could be.  After graduation, I plan to attend either Wheaton or Hope College to study biomedical engineering.  Good luck to all of the Class of 2018 in whatever you do.  Go Rockets!

Lindsay Richardson:

I want to give a big thank you to my family and friends for motivating and supporting me for all of these years at R-P.  I’m also extremely grateful for the things I have learned by being a part of cross country, track and NHS. Next year, I plan to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the US Coast Guard Academy.  Good luck and keep working hard, Class of 2018!

Lindsey Bos:

I’d like to thank my family, friends and teachers for always supporting me. They’re the reason I’m the person I am today.  Reeths-Puffer will always hold a lot of special memories for me whether it’s in the classroom or the band room.  Next year I will attend the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in  mechanical engineering.  Congrats Class of 2018 and Go Rockets!

Cody Jonaitis:

I am so incredibly thankful for all of the opportunities that I have received as a student at Reeths-Puffer. I will forever cherish the memories I have made both in the halls and on the field.  In the fall, I will be attending the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in civil engineering.  Congratulations and the best of luck to the Class of 2018!

Haley Ruiter:

I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities and memories that Reeths-Puffer has given me. More importantly I want to thank my family, friends, teachers and coaches who have provided me with endless support, encouragement and always pushed me to do my best.  This fall, I plan to attend MCC for two years then transfer to a university where I will study pre-med.  Congratulations and best of  luck Class of 2018!

Emily Weessies:

The time I spent at Reeths-Puffer has been the best with many great memories.  I would like to thank my teachers for helping me succeed, my brother and my sister for making me look like the better child, and finally my parents for always supporting me and giving me the most love a child could get.  I plan on attending MCC with the Muskegon Promise Scholarship then transferring to a four year university to study pre-med.  Good luck on your dreams, Class of 2018!

Kaylynn Moschke:

I am incredibly grateful to my friends and family for always supporting me and encouraging me to do my best.  I’ve made so many wonderful memories at Reeths-Puffer that I’ll always cherish.  Next year, I will be completing the Early College program and will earn my associates degree. I plan to transfer to GVSU and earn a master’s degree in pre-medical then transfer to the University of Michigan to complete the doctorate program for psychiatry.  Congratulations Class of 2018!  We Did It!


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R-PHS Choral Groups Receive High Marks at District Festival

The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs traveled to Cedar Springs and Greenville High School this week to perform at the MSVMA District Choral Festival.  All four high school choirs qualified for State Choral Festival!  Rocket Harmonix, Rocket Ladies Choir, Vocal Fusion, and RP Madrigals, all received Division 1 Excellent ratings for their performances and sight-singing in their individual categories.   The RP Madrigals received three perfect scores for performance, and the highest overall score at District Festival!  The RPHS Choirs received two recommendations from adjudicators for select Michigan State Vocal Music Association and American Choral Directors Association’s Concerts.  Congratulations RPHS Choirs!

The RPHS Choirs will perform their District Festival songs in our Rocket Auditorium on Tuesday, March 20th at 7 p.m. at the Festival of Choirs Concert with the Intermediate and Middle School Choirs. Tickets are available at the door $5, and $15 for the Family Nucleus.

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Senior To Play Lacrosse at Hope College

Senior Brayden Blackburn celebrated with family, teammates, coaches and friends in a signing ceremony held in the LMC last week.  Brayden will join his older brother (Josh) on Hope’s lacrosse team next year when he suits up for the Dutch.

We’re very proud of Brayden and look forward to watching him lead our lacrosse team this spring.

Pictured below:  Coach Walters, Brayden and Brayden’s father, Pete (also his coach)

Photo Below:  Brayden with parents (and grandparent), coaches & administration

Photo Below:  Brayden surrounded by teammates and friends

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Sports Physicals at Reeths-Puffer High School

Monday, May 14th from 6-8 PM

All current 6th– 11th grade students are invited to receive their sports physical for the 2018-2019 school year! For just a low cost of $20 per student, students will be able to complete their required sports physical for next school year. All physicals for the 18-19 school year must be dated after 4-14-2018. All money raised will directly benefit our student-athletes, through our athletic training program. Check-In will begin at 5:45 PM, in the rocket center hallway.

The MHSAA health history form MUST be completed and signed by a parent/guardian prior to participating in the sports physicals. They can be completed on-site or prior to the event, if your parent is present.

MHSAA Physical Form can be found here:

Direct and Questions to:

Jerrod Harrison, Athletic Trainer


Phone: 231-744-1647 ext. 3157

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Principles Give Rise to Assemble

We are all aware and concerned about recent violence that occurred on a school campus in Florida.  This awareness has heightened our sense of what it means to value the lives of our friends, classmates, teammates, staff and fellow Rockets of all ages.

On March 14th, during lunch period, students will have the opportunity to assemble on our band practice field, just north of our building to:

  • Remember lives lost to violence on a school campus in Parkland, FL
  • Recognize our desire to ensure safety on our campus all day, every day
  • Demonstrate care and concern for others (empathy)
  • Implore our student body to live out the Golden Rule in our words and deeds
  • Show tolerance towards others when our opinions don’t align
  • Reflect on what it means to be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower)

These points of emphasis give reason to allow students to assemble during their lunch period on March 14th.  

It is our responsibility to provide the safest environment for all students to learn.  It is equally important that we guard our instructional time as best as possible. This gives rise to our decision to allow this assembly on our campus during student lunch periods.

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Les Misarables

Greetings Rocket City!

The fine arts department proudly presents Les Miserables March 8, 9 and 10 at 7 PM and March 10 at 2 PM.  Tickets are $6 – $10 and available at    Tickets will also be available at the door each night.  In addition, Linda Westerhof has volunteered to be in the lobby next week to sell tickets on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 – 6.  We accept cash, check or credit cards.
This classic musical is student driven.  The kids build the sets, play in the pit, run the lights and sound, act, sing, dance and even clean the theatre after the show.  They all are worthy of your support.
Attached please see the full cast, crew, pit and directing team list.
We also have four promo videos which you will really enjoy.  Here are links for each of them.  Fell free to check them out and see some of our brightest stars in action.  Also, feel free to share them.
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Showcase 2018

Schools participating in West Michigan Student Showcase are finalizing nominations and their performers are gearing up for critique by producers, area professionals, and their peers. In total, 41 acts will be performing at Showcase 2018.

On Saturdays, March 10 and 17, the nominated dancers, singers, pianists, and musicians, will attend workshops at the Frauenthal Center. The performing arts workshops are their opportunity to become familiar with the Frauenthal stage and receive feedback on their performance.

The logo for Showcase 2018 was designed by Jimmy Cobb, a student from North Muskegon High School. For his winning design, he received $100, two Showcase T-shirts, five copies of the program, and will be recognized in the program. 13 entries were received in total. All participants received a certificate for their portfolios.

Showcase 2018 takes place on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12 at the Frauenthal Center in Downtown Muskegon. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets in advance are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for students. All tickets at the door are $9.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office and from StarTickets via phone, 1-800-585-3737, or online at

West Michigan Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Since 1981, high school students from Kent, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

West Michigan Student Showcase is sponsored by Patrick J. O’Leary, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Pro Audio, MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle, Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, and the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.

For more information about West Michigan Student Showcase, visit

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Optimist Club of Muskegon Recognizes Two R-PHS Seniors

On February 28, Reeths-Puffer Seniors Scott Garcia and Melanie Lamrock were honored by the Greater Muskegon-Mona Shores Optimists’ Club at a luncheon at Baker College.  Scott an Melanie were selected by Reeths-Puffer High School’s Counseling Staff as two people from the class of 2018 who exemplify the creed of the Optimists’ club by being positive people and high achieving students.  Congratulations to Scott and Melanie!
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R-P Showcase Representatives

Showcase is an annual fine arts competition among schools in west Michigan.  The competition traces its roots back to 1981.  Reeths-Puffer has had a strong connection to the show since its inception as we have participated with talented acts and have provided the stage crew each and every year.  This March, we will send ___20__ of our very best students to compete in the two day event at the historic Frauenthal Theatre and another __4__ to serve backstage.  Reeths-Puffer will perform on Wednesday, April 11 or Thursday, April 12.  .  The awards are given out at the end of Thursday’s show.  The awards in the four performing categories are 3rd place – $300, 2nd place – $500 and 1st place – $1000.  These are cash awards, not scholarships.  There is also an overall “Showstopper” award given out which carries a $1000 prize as well.  

In academics, our honoree is valedictorian Rachel Dobb.  She will be honored for academic achievement in front of the crowd.  She will also have her senior picture displayed on our academic wall of honor at the high school.

In athletics, Parker Aerts and Jayme Brantsen are the male and female honorees.  Both were unanimously chosen by their coaches as the most outstanding athletes in our student body.

Athletics and Academic honorees do not compete, but are brought onto the stage and their narrative is delivered by the host for the evening to allow all to hear of their talents and awards.

Our visual artist is Julia Ojala.  She was selected by the art department.  Her  piece is a self portrait done in colored pencil.  The piece will  be submitted March 31st to the Betty Clark-Canon gallery where it will be displayed for the month of April.

Our literary artist is Lindsay Richardson.  She was chosen by the English department for her poetry work.  Her poems will be reprinted in the Showcase program for all to enjoy.  

Our solo / duo performer is Lindsey Bos.  She will perform the tune “Variations on a Theme” on her clarinet.  Her  vast talent will be featured in this extremely difficult song.   

Our group performance is called This is Us  and is made up of Kyle Goltz, Anna Compton, Cassidy Briggs, Elijah Nichols, Hallie Ackerman, Jacob Westerhof, Jonathan Krause, Lyric Williams, Melanie Lamrock, Ray Brock, Evan Hodson, Matt Jeroy, Carson Judd and Madeline Stafford.  They will perform the powerful song “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman with 10 vocalists and a four piece band.