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Rockets Place in Top 2% in Capital Hill Challenge

Every year Personal Finance students participate in two stock market challenges. The first challenge is state-by-state. The Michigan challenge hosts schools from across our state and teams invest $100,000 in a portfolio that very closely simulates real life investing. The portfolios, provided by the SIFMA foundation in New York, are fairly sophisticated and made as real life as possible. Students are charged commissions, securities may be shorted, students invest in stocks, bonds, ETF’s, mutual funds, and students may trade on margin. Reeths Puffer Personal Finance students have always done quite well at the state level and this year was no exception. Mr. Corbin’s and Mrs. Lee’s students took 9 of the top 10 places in this challenge.

The National Capitol Hill Stock Market challenge is a shorter (3 month) challenge and the competition from across the country is fierce. Schools are allowed only ten teams of 5 students each. This year there was a total of 3374 teams from all corners of the US.  Students are paired with a member of congress as they manage their $100,000 portfolio and try to increase their portfolio value as much as possible. The top 10 teams in the nation receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. where they meet their member of Congress, get special tours, and attend awards banquets.  This is the 6th year Reeths-Puffer has participated in the National Stock Market Challenge and Personal Finance students have made it into the top 10 in three of those years. In the years where Reeths-Puffer teams did not make it into the top ten they always made a great showing and represented our school district with Pride and Integrity. This year our students did great again even in the face of some rule changes after the start that adversely affected several portfolios. Students persevered and two teams rose to the top and stayed there to the very end of the competition. A third Reeths-Puffer team jumped way up in the standings towards the end of the challenge. It was nerve racking as these teams hovered around 11th – 24th place consistently, and even popped into the top ten from time to time. Right to the very end, there was very little spread in portfolio values between the teams across the country. Often, there was as little as $20 – $100 total Equity between teams in the top 100. With RP teams hovering just on the edge of the top ten most of the competition we remained hopeful, and then the in last two days, the leaders took a hard hit on a couple of securities that pushed them into 64-67th places. Even with the last minute drop in value, these rankings still place them in the top 2% of the competing teams across the nation. These seniors are to be commended for their hard work and perseverance because whereas the state competition includes all Finance students, and class time is provided for learning, the National competition is voluntary and extracurricular.  For three months, as daily rankings were updated, schools from across the country, once again, witnessed Reeths-Puffer High School students as leaders.

Pictured Below (L-R): Katie Thompson, Bayroni Lopez, Avery Sheffer, Makenna Johnson and Emily Weessies

Pictured Below (L-R): Daejah Taskey, Christian Slusser, Hunter Keler, Zachary Brosco and Logan Feltes

Pictured Below (L-R): Spencer Schaub, Adam Fulseth, Ryan Aebig, Brendon Ransom and Christy McFall

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Our Sixth Annual K-12 Art Evening at R-PI

R-P is proud to present our sixth annual K-12 Art Evening this Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the cafe of R-P Intermediate School.

This event has opportunities for you to participate by voting for your favorite artwork created by the hands of R-P’s artists.  Prizes will be awarded to the artwork receiving the most votes.

There will also be hands-on art stations throughout the cafe such as:

  • Face Painting
  • Tie Dye Art T-Shirts
  • Installation Art

Hope to see you Thursday night at R-P Intermediate cafe for a fun night of art!


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Rockets Represent at Showcase 2018!

At the 37th annual Showcase competition last night, Reeths-Puffer was represented in athletics by Parker Aerts and Jayme Brantsen.  We also honored valedictorian Rachel Dobb in academics.

In the performing categories, Lindsay Richardson represented Rocket City with her poetry in the Literary Arts category.
Our group performers consisted of Cassidy Briggs, Kyle Goltz, Anna Compton, Eli Nichols, Hallie Ackerman, Jacob Westerhof, Jonathan Krause, Melanie Lamrock, Ray Brock, Evan Hodson, Matt Jeroy, Carson Judd and Madeline Stafford.  They performed “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman.  They earned a first place ($1000) finish.
Our visual artist was Julia Ojala and she earned a second place ($500) finish.
Our solo performer was Lindsey Bos who played a clarinet solo and earned a third place ($300) finish.
In addition, R-P Alumni Nick Bessinger (tech director) and Jennifer (Henry) LaChappelle (stage manager) ran the crew of current students Rachel Stein, Sophie Green, Kylee Belcourt and Stanley Shank.
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Muskegon-Made Job Fair for Seniors

A great opportunity is on the short horizon for Rocket seniors!  The Muskegon-Made Job Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1st at the Career Tech Center in Muskegon.  The primary role of the Muskegon-Made Job Fair is to provide summer employment opportunities for area seniors.  It also provides experience opportunities for our seniors to create a marketable resume, interview with company employers and network with professionals in fields that interest them.

Mrs. Michelle Kuck, career specialist for the MAISD will host a one-hour workshop for all seniors that would like to attend the job fair on Wednesday, April 18th from 11:00 – 12:00 noon at the high school.

To view a short video on the Muskegon-Made Job Fair, click on the link below:

Muskegon-Made Job Fair

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Teens From Six Counties to Perform in Showcase April 11 & 12

Organizers of West Michigan Student Showcase are finalizing preparations for the 38th year of the popular event. In total, the 2018 West Michigan Student Showcase represents 32 schools, featuring 216 students from six counties.

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

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Showcase will feature student nominees and performances from Fremont, Fruitport, Hart, Hesperia, Kent City, Ludington, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Mona Shores, Montague, Muskegon Catholic Central, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, OAISD’s Careerline Tech Center, Oakridge, Orchard View, Ravenna, Shelby, Western Michigan Christian, White Cloud, and Whitehall.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Showcase will feature student nominees and performances from Artios of Grand Haven, Calvary Christian, Grand Haven, Grant, Holton, Newaygo, North Muskegon, Pentwater, Reeths-Puffer, Spring Lake, and Walkerville.

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 at 1-800-585-3737, or online at

The Showcase 2018 Visual Arts Gallery is on display at the Reception Gallery on the second floor of the Hilt Building at the Frauenthal Center in Downtown Muskegon. The gallery will be on display starting Sunday, April 1st through Sunday, April 29thand is open to the public Monday through Friday9:00 am to 5:30 pm with extended hours on performance nights through the month. Admission is Free.

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, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Pro Audio, Fremont Area Community Foundation, Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle, Arconic, and the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.

For more information about West Michigan Student Showcase, visit

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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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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.