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Showcase 2019: R-PHS Will Represent!

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 April, we will send 16 of our very best students to compete in the two day event at the historic Frauenthal Theatre and another 8 to serve backstage. Reeths-Puffer will perform on Wednesday, April 10 or Thursday, April 11.    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 Dekota Kilcrease.   He will be honored for academic achievement in the program. He  will also have his senior picture displayed on our academic wall of honor at the high school.

In athletics, Karina VanDuinen and Carter Fulton are the female and male honorees. Both were unanimously chosen by their coaches as the most outstanding athletes in our student body.  Each will have their picture displayed during the show and their athletic accomplishments listed in the program.

Athletics and Academic honorees do not compete, but are included in the program with a narrative of their accomplishments.  

Our visual artist is Cody Neinas. He was selected by the art department.  His piece is called “Aged Emotion” and is a pencil and charcoal drawing. The piece will  be submitted March 29th to the Betty Clark-Canon gallery where it will be displayed for the month of April.  His work is presented (photo of his actual work) below:

Our literary artist is Sarah Huiber. She was chosen by the English department for her poetry.  Her 3 poems titled The Monster You Make of Me, Boxed Inside Myself and To Faith.  They will be reprinted in the Showcase program for all to enjoy.  If you would like to read her work, click on this link.

Our solo / duo performer is Madison Navoni.   She will perform “On My Own” from Les Miserables. Her  vast talent will be featured in this extremely difficult solo from one of the most famous musicals of all time.   

Our group performance is made up of Cassidy Briggs, Jake Westerhof, Ray Brock, Madison Navoni, Anna Compton, Maddy Wentworth, Jonathan Krause, Jaxon Carpenter, Laura Nolan, Brenan Norman and  Gabby Peabody. They will perform the powerful ballad “Don’t Stop me Now” by Queen.

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College Match

R-PHS students will soon engage in the M-Step, Michigan’s chosen assessment plan for all juniors attending public schools across our great state.  The chart below gives the reader an idea of the typical SAT scores of freshmen class of the colleges and universities included in the chart.  It gives perspective and comparisons to recognizable schools in our state.

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ECMC & The Muskegon Promise

On Feb 20th about 30 R-P Sophomore parents learned about Early College Opportunities and The Muskegon Promise Scholarship.  For more information and application please visit:

Or contact your son/daughters counselor…deadlines are approaching
Mr. Schlaff A-G 744-1647 # 3710
Mrs Olson H-O 744-1647 #3706
Mr Smith P-Z 744-1647 #3707

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2019 Graduation Incorporates Ticket System

Reeths-Puffer High School has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of holding graduation at the L.C. Walker arena.  This important district tradition will continue, but with a new addition.

The updates done to the historic downtown L.C. Walker arena were not only needed but done with class.  It is a very nice venue.

This revitalization did come at the compromise of a number of seats that we used to count on for our graduation ceremony.  With the current seat count and the sizable crowd that turns out for our ceremony, we’ve decided to use a ticket system to help us organize the seating of our graduates’ family members as well our community guests.  This will ensure that we are maximizing the seats in the arena as well as providing an equitable plan for all graduate seating requests.

The link below is a pdf of a presentation given by Mr. Beckeman to the senior class.

Graduation Ticket Presentation

The presentation mentions an online auction for available suites, loges and party decks.  We are currently building the online auction and plan to have the auction go “live” prior to spring break.

By getting an early start to our graduation planning, we’ll be able to address potential snags well in advance to our ceremony.

More to come soon!


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The Battle For First!

With yet another snow day to deal with, the battle for the OK Black Division lead in boys varsity basketball against the Muskegon Big Reds will be played as scheduled tonight in Rocket Arena at 7:00 p.m.

It’s been some time since our Rockets have battled for the top spot in our conference.  We’re hoping the snow day will not deter the throng of Rocket supporters we’re hoping to see come to campus to cheer our team.

In the first meeting between our Rockets and the Big Reds, R-P prevailed in overtime, stealing a rare victory (for any school) on the home court of the talented Big Reds.

The roads are clearing and the wind is settling.  Come out tonight and join in on what is listed as the top basketball game in all of West Michigan!