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Graduation Tuesday Evening at the L.C. Walker Arena

The Class of 2019 will celebrate their commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the L.C. Walker arena in downtown Muskegon.

There will be tickets (all free) at the door on a first-come, first-served, basis.  The L.C. Walker has made significant changes in their remodel and revitalization which look wonderful.  The changes did cause a reduction in available seating.  They made up for this with areas to stand and view events, such as our graduation ceremony.

We will have ushers at the doors as they open at 6:00 p.m. with all remaining chair-back seats in the lower sections of the arena.  There are also some seats that are not ticketed (also free) for those that arrive as the doors open.

We hope to see you at the L.C. Walker arena Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. as we add another great class to our alumni at R-PHS.

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POPS Concert On Deck!

The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs present their annual Pops Concert, LEGENDS, on Thursday and Friday, May 16 & 17 at 7 p.m. at the Reeths-Puffer Center for the Fine Arts.  This performance will feature the RPHS Choirs singing and dancing to popular hits by artists such as:  Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Queen, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Elvis, and more.  

Friday night the choirs will host an ice cream social in the cafeteria after the show, with ice cream bowls for $2.

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Graduation Bid Post on Additional Available Suites

In a recent meeting held at the L.C. Walker Arena with their new management team, we were informed that three additional suites were now being made available to us for graduation seating.  The three suites now available for bidding are:

  • Section 116 Suite (Seats 12)
  • Section 117 Suite (Seats 24)
  • Section 118 Suite (Seats 12)

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 suites 116, 117 or 118.


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 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 suites 116, 117 and 118 will open at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 2nd and close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd.

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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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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.