BRHS has had an excellent 2018-19 school year with many highlights.
We are very proud to be included in the rankings for the U.S. News and World Report 2019 America’s Best High Schools! In addition, Big Rapids Public Schools is the recipient of the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education Award.
The National Honor Society graduated 30 members and inducted 33 new members this year. The group volunteered over 2,000 hours throughout the community and collected approximately 100 pints of blood for the American Red Cross. They look forward to continuing their partnership with the Red Cross as well as their efforts in tutoring at the high school and reading with BRPS kindergartners.
The band program had a very successful year - 5-time Class B champions at the Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational, straight I's at Marching, District and State Band Festivals, 7 MYAF small ensemble nominations and 4 MYAF Honors Band selections.
Our Industrial Arts Program competed well again at the annual MITES (Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society) competition. BRHS had two first-place finishers in Ben Carrol and Leah Saunders; two 3rd place projects submitted by Shamus Collins; and two 4th place finishers in Morgan Hughs and Jake Mullins.
Key Club had another good year. They graduated 16 Seniors! Key Club members supported a wide variety of service-oriented opportunities including holiday gift wrapping at Brookside Elementary; Salvation Army Bell Ringing; Salvation Army Angel Tree; Trick or Treat for UNICEF; Our Brother's Keeper Item Drive and Fund Raiser; and Project Starburst Item Drive and Fund Raiser.
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.
Nate Welch, a junior AP art student, received second place in the Congressional Art Competition this year. His art will hang in representative John Moolenar's office in Midland for the next year and he also received a family membership to the Center for the Arts in Midland.
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!
Sara Daniels and Kamryn Cushway are two of only twenty high school students awarded the Centralis Scholarship. Recipients will enter the Honors Program at CMU and have their full tuition and room/board covered. The scholarship’s four-year value is nearly $100,000. In addition, Emma Devries earned the Centralis Gold Award. Recipients of this award enter the Honors Program at CMU and have their tuition covered. Its four-year value is approximately $58,000.