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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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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. 

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ECMC & Muskegon Promise Meeting This Wednesday Night!

A Student Parent Night will be held this Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 for all current SOPHOMORES and SENIORS (both students and parents are encouraged to attend). There will be presentations for SOPHMORES on the Early College Program and The Muskegon Promise in the Band Rm. For SENIORS, there will be presentations on The Community Foundation Scholarships and the Muskegon Promise in the LMC. Ms. Davis will also be available to all SENIORS and Parents to help those who need help working on the FAFSA applications (bring your SS #).  Hope you can attend!


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First Semester Exam Schedule

First Semester Exam Schedule


Wednesday, January 17th              

7:50 – 9:20      1st Hour Exam

9:30 – 11:00    2nd Hour Exam

11:10 Student bus will pick up at H.S.


Thursday, January 18th        

7:50 – 9:20      3rd Hour Exam

9:30 – 11:00    4th Hour Exam

11:10 Student bus will pick up at H.S.


Friday, January 19th  

7:50 – 9:20       5th Hour Exam

9:30 – 11:00    6th Hour Exam

11:10 Student bus will pick up at H.S.

12:30 – 2:00     Make-Up Exam Time

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R-P Senior Sponsors Concert to Help Flint Water Crisis

The article written below is credited to Justine McGuire


One Reeths-Puffer student’s feelings of a “calling to help others” has manifested as a concert fundraiser for the children of Flint.

“After reading and talking to many people from across Michigan, I really began to understand what the people of Flint, as well as others, had went through and are still going through,” said Elijah Nichols, a senior who is treasurer of the high school’s National Honor Society. “I decided to put my sadness and anger to use.”

To that end, Nichols arranged “Season of Support,” a concert fundraiser benefitting the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, which helps families pay for treatments, healthy food and other services.

Donations will be taken at the door as people enter the concert, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, at Reeths-Puffer High School, 1545 N. Roberts Road in Muskegon Township.

The event is organized through the National Honor Society.

Performers include Emma Ruzicka, a Whitehall High School student; Cassidy Briggs, a Reeths-Puffer student; and Amanda Schwaninger, a local performer.

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Blarney Castle Supports Rockets

For many years, Blarney Castle Oil had been a strong supporter of the Reeths-Puffer School community and is a prominent business near the high school.  Store manager (R-PHS grad) Kayleigh Mock payed a visit to the high school to present Mr. Beckeman with a check in the amount of $500.00 to be used to augment instruction and school initiatives at R-PHS.

The Blarney Castle Oil store is branded by Mobil and is located at the corner of Giles Rd. and M120.  Mrs. Mock is the store manager and is serving the company in her 8th year and 5th year presenting a donation to Mr. Beckeman on behalf of her company.  The photo below shows Mrs. Mock presenting the check to Mr. Beckeman.

We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Blarney Castle Oil as they are a very supportive company in our district.