2018 All Class Reunion

A busy weekend for all who attended the All-Class Reunion and meeting held on August 4th, 2018 in Big Rapids High School!

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This year's Distinguished Alumni Award winner is Susan Wismer Bissell (BRHS Class of 1965). 
Susan shared memories of her years at BRHS and how her education benefited her as she moved forward in her professional life.

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The annual scholarship was awarded to graduating senior Hailey Geib, daughter of Tony and Regina Geib. Hailey will be attending the School of Business at Ferris State University. Thank you to all who attended!

April 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

 

The BRHS Alumni Association Board of Directors met on April 4th, 2018 in the MOISD Building in Big Rapids. We have several exciting news items to announce!

Submissions for the annual newsletter will be accepted through June 1st, 2018. You can make your submissions through either the Contact Us form on the website or via mail to the BRHS Alumni Association, 21034 15 Mile Rd, Big Rapids, MI 49307. 

The annual All Class Reunion will take place over the weekend of August 3-5, 2018. Please join us at Szot's on Friday night and for the all-class luncheon on Saturday afternoon at BRHS! If your class is planning a reunion for this weekend, please us know and we'll help advertise. Stay tuned for more details about the Saturday luncheon.

We are in the process of reviewing nominations for the Alumni Association Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a graduating senior from BRHS who plans to further their education at Ferris State University. Your donations help us fund this scholarship! Please consider joining today.

We are also accepting nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award, to be presented at the All-Class Reunion on August 4th. Nominations can be submitted through June 1, 2018 through either the Contact Us form on the website or via mail to the BRHS Alumni Association. Please provide the name of the alumnus/a, the year of graduation, and a short paragraph about why this person is deserving of the award.

Did you know that the first high school in Big Rapids was dedicated in 1869? That means that the 150th anniversary of Big Rapids High School is next year! How do you think we ought to celebrate this anniversary? What does it mean to look back on 150 years of producing bright and capable graduates who have gone on to make a positive impact on the world? What can we can do to promote an outstanding educational experience for future BRHS students? How do we celebrate the current students, faculty, Board of Education, and community leaders who make BRHS so great? We want to hear what you think!

Board members Logan O'Neil and Robert King are in the process of digitizing each issue of the Rapidonian! Please consider joining or donating today so you can have access to the online collection of yearbooks.

And, lastly: want to be on the Board of Directors? Let us know! Your participation helps all of us to grow in the spirit of our educational success and Cardinal traditions. Stay tuned for information about our next meeting!

New Members Elected to Board of Directors

The Big Rapids High School Alumni Association would like to welcome the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors: Sandi Brown (Class of '79), Justin Csernai (Class of '05), and Logan O'Neil (Class of '11). The election of officers took place at the December 7th, 2017 meeting at the MOISD Building in Big Rapids. We're grateful for their contribution to the Alumni Association and the greater BRHS community!

The Board would like to remind interested parties that meetings are always open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend and provide any thoughtful feedback you may have about our organization and our mission. 

Stay tuned for updates regarding our Alumni Night, which will take place during a BRHS basketball game in February (date to be determined.) Also be on the lookout for more changes to our website, including a very special feature that will be available to all alumni association members some time in the coming months!

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1st Annual Alumni Night at Top Taggart Field

The 1st Annual Alumni Night football game was a success! Former football players and coaches from the 1940's through 2000's were presented at the Reed City-Big Rapids halftime to an excited crowd and a section of bleachers positively full of BRHS Alumni. Thanks to all who came out and made it a great night!

Click the picture to see the enlarged panorama and a list of those who were present!

40th Reunion - Class of 1972

The BRHS Class of 1972 had their 40th reunion on August 3rd and 4th in Big Rapids. The Friday event was at “The Lookout” the Saturday reunion dinner was at the Clear Lake Golf Club.

  Front row: Coach Williams, Tasha Lynch Seigert, Cindy Haldeman Yarawamai, Barb Robbins Caddo, Sue Anderson Cimala, Diane Emmons Sack, Carlleen Schuberg Rose, Gail Salinger McKay, Denise Peticolas Shauger, Linda Leach Nicholas, Loretta Mohr Kramer, Judy Dean Second row (standing/kneeling): Linda Wilmer Connell, Debbie Post Griffith, Pam Grunst Matzella, Polly Judson Powers, David Kosak, Laurie Kelley Bailey, Christy Larsen Miller Last two standing rows: John Mishler, Debbie Brecha Tornbloom, Phil Tornbloom, Nanette Benoit Mishler, Tony Brakora, Rayleen Cox Lawler, Kathy Dodge Ermish, Jeanne Belcher Bluhm, Gary Benedict, Mary Carroll Collins, Ken Wible, Mary Jo Dennison Farrell, Tim Sack, Margaret Winebarger Bell, Mike Murray, Julie Windquist Lindsay, John Hickox, Chris Burr Cooley, Gordy Shepherd, Greg Vodry, Dan Hicks, Victoria Wierzbicki Harkins, Pat Currie, Mark Mondrella

Front row: Coach Williams, Tasha Lynch Seigert, Cindy Haldeman Yarawamai, Barb Robbins Caddo, Sue Anderson Cimala, Diane Emmons Sack, Carlleen Schuberg Rose, Gail Salinger McKay, Denise Peticolas Shauger, Linda Leach Nicholas, Loretta Mohr Kramer, Judy Dean
Second row (standing/kneeling): Linda Wilmer Connell, Debbie Post Griffith, Pam Grunst Matzella, Polly Judson Powers, David Kosak, Laurie Kelley Bailey, Christy Larsen Miller
Last two standing rows: John Mishler, Debbie Brecha Tornbloom, Phil Tornbloom, Nanette Benoit Mishler, Tony Brakora, Rayleen Cox Lawler, Kathy Dodge Ermish, Jeanne Belcher Bluhm, Gary Benedict, Mary Carroll Collins, Ken Wible, Mary Jo Dennison Farrell, Tim Sack, Margaret Winebarger Bell, Mike Murray, Julie Windquist Lindsay, John Hickox, Chris Burr Cooley, Gordy Shepherd, Greg Vodry, Dan Hicks, Victoria Wierzbicki Harkins, Pat Currie, Mark Mondrella

Class of 1964 Reunion Picnic

The BRHS Class of 1964 held their annual reunion with a picnic on August 5th, 2012 at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids, MI. The gathering of Alumni (all classes were welcomed) was the culmination of the BRHS All Class Reunion events held on the weekend of August 3rd-5th. The event was organized by 1964 Classmates Julia Haggin Bonkowski and Karen Fellows Fitzgerald, who once again planned and executed an event enjoyed by all. James Braendle provided the sound system along with music from the 60’s. 

This was the 48th year since we all left BRHS for endeavors that took all of us around the world (literally and figuratively!) but brought each of us back to our roots at BRHS. Our 49th year anniversary is already scheduled and will be held on August 4th, 2013. MARK YOUR CALENDARS and plan to attend! We have posted photos for all to see and enjoy. Go Cardinals!

Class of 1965 Reunion

The BRHS Class of 1965 held their 45th reunion on August 7, 2010. The reunion was scheduled to coincide with the BRHS All Class Reunion held on the same weekend. The photos honor Robert King who has been vigilant in preserving the history of his class, history of Big Rapids, MI and Big Rapids High School through photography. Tom Avey, Distinguished BRHS Alum 2010, presents Robert with a plaque honoring his dedication and work on behalf of all BRHS alumni and citizens of Big Rapids, MI.

Click here to view photos, courtesy of Ed Block!