Big Rapids High School

BRHS has had an excellent 2017-2018 school year with many highlights. 

We are very proud to be included in the 2017 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 as at the top 5% of high schools in Michigan!

Our Theatre Department, led by Ms. Lori Hathaway, put on several productions this year including The Secret Garden and Charlotte's Web.  Taking the show on the road, BRHS students earned superior ratings at State Theatre Festival and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  They earned over $100,000 in college scholarship offers between academic scholarships and theatrical scholarships, with four continuing on in College Theatrical Arts Programs.  Finally, congratulations to Ms. Lori Hathaway for being inducted into the National Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame.

The BRHS Choir participated, with great success, at State S & E and State Choral Festival.  Arya Rao was selected to perform in the All-State Choir at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  Alexandra Weller and Hope Hoffman composed a moving tribute to the students of Parkland, Florida.  This tribute was performed by all choir students at the spring concert and at a school assembly. 

Our local chapter of the National Honor Society collected over 100 units of blood this year (each unit can save up to 3 lives).  In addition, NHS was active on other fronts as each kindergarten class had reading buddies for at least 5 hours spread throughout the year.  And, collectively, members volunteered over 825 hours this school year!

The Varsity A quiz bowl team qualified and competed at the national level for the first time ever and did very well against the best teams from around the country going 5 and 5.

Both BRHS Bands received Division I ratings at State Festival. Percussion Ensemble performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo on May 9th.

BRHS has teamed up with both Ferris State University and Mid-Michigan Community College to offer an enhanced dual enrollment program.  BRHS students were able to enroll in 8 different college level classes this year without ever leaving the high school.  93 high school students, mostly juniors and seniors, successfully earned 712 college credits!

Every year our students compete in the MITES (Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society) Competition and typically do very well.  This year was no exception.  8 students qualified for the State level competition and Connor Lee earned a 1st place with a bowl.  Connor McAdams earned a 3rd place with a bowl as well as Dawson Robetoy with a carving.

The BRHS Robotics team included 15 students this year. They finished the season in April at Forrest Hills Central High School with a 2 matches to 1 loss in the semi-finals. Overall, at that event, they went 8-9 and were selected as a member of the #3 Alliance.  The performance was an improvement over the first competition at GVSU two weeks prior where the team was 5-7 and was not selected for playoffs. Even though they improved their performance, it wasn't quite enough to put them into position to qualify for the State Championships this year.

For a full list of our district Points of Pride, click here