Big Rapids High School

Points of Pride

While it was a strange and unprecedented school year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, BRHS still had an excellent 2019-2020 school year with many highlights.  We are very proud to be included again in the rankings for the U.S. News and World Report 2020 America’s Best High Schools! In addition, Big Rapids Public Schools is the recipient of the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education Award.

  • Congratulations to Big Rapids High School Top 10 Graduates of 2020 for academic excellence.  The list includes Lucas Ashby, Hanna Brock, Payton Fuller, Jenna Hatchew, Vincent Johnson, Lewis Macdonald, Chloe Mathewson, Michael Mills, Joslin Prince, and Jonah Weber.

  • Our Band Program enjoyed another successful year as they sent 3 students to the MSBOA All-State Band at the DeVos Performance Hall in January!  Jacob McLeod, Jonah Weber, and Walker Weirts auditioned in October and earned the distinctive honor to be chosen to perform. Sara Daniels, class of 2019, had her poem "To My Mother" chosen for publication in Central Michigan University's first issue of The Great Lakes Platform.  According to the producers, the publication is "a series of academic and creative works from high school students throughout the Great Lakes region" and is compiled by the Central Michigan University Honors Program. Only 21 pieces were selected for the volume.

  • Every year Scott’s Body Shop sponsors our Commendable Cardinal Awards Program.  The program is designed to nominate and honor students who have demonstrated positive behavior, character, habits, and attitudes each trimester.  Students are nominated by BRHS staff and enjoy an invite to a special breakfast and earn one of eight chances to win a $15 gift card and pay it forward by selecting a school program of their choice to send $15.  Thanks, Scott’s!

  • BRHS partners with Ferris State University, Mid-Michigan College, and Lake Superior State University to offer students college courses on our campus. 87 students earned over 450 college credits!

  • Our BRHS Rapidonian Yearbook staff submitted work to the International Honor Society for High School Journalism Competition for State and National Awards.  Ann Nelson, Keegan Sims, Jordan Snow, Hannah O’Roarke, Makayla Kaiser, and Jacques Atwood earned 1st place finishes for their respective categories at the State level.  Anika Lipar (Organization Writing) and Ann Nelson (Sports Feature Writing) earned the Quill and Scroll Honorable Mention National Awards.  In addition, both Ann Nelson (Photo Illustration) and Jacques (Photo Illustration) were recognized as the Quill and Scroll First Place National Award Winners in their respective categories.