BRHS has had an excellent 2016-2017 school year with many highlights. We are very proud to be included in the rankings again for the U.S. News and World Reports "Nations Best High Schools" as a silver medal recipient. The ranking places BRHS in the top 8% of all high schools in the Nation as well at the top 5% of high schools in Michigan!
Every year our students compete in the MITES (Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society) Competition and typically do very well. This year was no exception. Over 10 students qualified for the State level competition with 4th place finishes going to Cold Poortvliet (fishing net) and Matt Heydel (rocking chair). Two students earned 3rd place finishes: Pierce Morrissey (fishing net) and Brendon Garner (dining room table). Erik Rehkopf submitted a well-crafted bowl that netted him 1st place in his category.
The BRHS Robotics team “The Big Red Theory” had another great season. During the district completion, the team went all the way to the finals, losing in the final match of a best of three series. This strong performance qualified the team for the State Championship the following week at Saginaw Valley State University. There, the team competed in the Consumers Division where they went 7-5 which placed them 8th in the highly competitive field. They were eliminated in the quarter finals of playoffs, but received an award for creative design. The combination of the strong showing and the award earned the team a spot at the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The team competed in the Darwin division at the championship, finishing with a 4-6 record. While it was not the finish the team was hoping for, this capped off the most successful season in the teams’ four year history and returning students are looking forward to continued success next season.
As usual, our Fine Arts Department had an outstanding year. Troupe 1176's Theatre Group Scene was chosen for welcoming ceremony at Michigan Youth Arts.
The great depth of acting and student designs brought the emotional message of Flowers for Algernon to life.
Congratulations to both the high school Concert Band and Wind Symphony on earning straight Division I ratings at State Band Festival! Both bands did a fantastic job this year and we look forward to a great fall marching season and our 2017 show "Carmen."
Mollie Weber was selected to perform her solo with the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival on Friday May 19th, 2017. This is the first Big Rapids High School band member to receive this honor. Congratulations Mollie on this monumental achievement!
Congratulations to BRHS Bella Voce and Serenade for earning "Excellent" ratings at State Choral Festival at CMU.
And finally, congratulations to Julie Farrier, Eric Mackall and Kate Tetsworth who will be touring Europe with "Music Ambassadors" in the summer of 2017!