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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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Take A Journey With POPS!

The R-PHS Choirs proud present their 24th Annual Pops Concert Thursday and Friday, May 17 & 18 at 7 p.m.  Our theme this year is The Journey, and we hope you join us on our musical journey.  We will share a few of our State Choral selections at the concert, and of course popular songs, and some incredible solos!  Staff gets in free with ID, and tickets are on sale at the door for $5, or $15 for family nucleus.

Thursday, May 17 we will feature the MS Choirs as they open up the concert with a Peter Pan Mash-up!
Friday, May 18 is our choir alumni & senior dedication night.  After the concert there will be an Ice Cream Social in the cafeteria ($2 bowl of ice cream).
So pack your bags, and join us on us this journey!
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Vocal Groups Perform at State Festival

Congratulations to the Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs for their performances at State Choral Festival.  All four RPHS Choirs: Rocket Ladies, Vocal Fusion, Rocket Harmonix, and RP Madrigals, performed on the Jack H. Miller Auditorium stage at Hope College and were awarded Excellent (Division 1) ratings for their singing.  Choir students had the opportunity to work in clinic sessions with choral professors from Michigan State University, University of Pennsylvania, and Radford University.  Choir soloists included: Ray Brock, Lyndsey Carlson, and Hallie Ackerman, and our instrumentalists were, Vivian Wu, Veronica Gordon, and Evan Hodson.  Great job choirs!

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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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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