Homecoming Dreams Big in 2018

Student Council representatives were very excited to line up for the 2018 Homecoming parade with a few special guests. And they knew the rest of the students would feel the same. This year, Jenison High School Student Council decided to partner with Make-A-Wish Michigan for their Homecoming theme.

Last Thursday, the student body was introduced to these 4 special guests and by the time the Friday parade rolled around – Brody, Sam, Kia and Izzy were practically hometown celebrities! These special people are local Wish Kid Ambassadors and they have had the opportunity to receive a granted wish from this amazing organization.

Jenison class representatives worked tirelessly on parade floats they designed based on each child’s wish. Some of the kids even participated with design and building input for their float over the last few weeks. Members of student council were in resounding agreement that it was the best feeling to be a part of something important, to see their classmates thinking outside of themselves and really embracing their Wish Kids.

Following a cool, dreary parade, families flooded the high school gym to keep the fun rolling at the Make-a-Wish fundraiser Carnival. The students had a goal of raising $15,000 and the carnival was an integral part of meeting that goal. If the rain kept you away from the Homecoming festivities, they are still receiving donations through this weekend at  Jenison Homecoming Make-a-Wish Campaign.

There was plenty of action on the field Friday night; by the players, the band and color guard – however, the folks that stole the show were the Wish Kid ambassadors as they escorted the Homecoming Court during the half time festivities!

Despite a loss in the last minute of the football game that evening (to an undefeated team), I could not be more proud of the team’s performance and the spirit of every fan in the stands. Our guys have the hearts of a champion and they never quit until the very end. Homecoming 2018 was a great time with friends and family and just another reminder of what our Jenison community is made of: talented, hardworking individuals with compassionate hearts, trying to make the world around them a little bit better than they found it.

We were also honored to receive a good amount of attention from the local press last week. Having them partner with us to help spread the word about this special campaign is so appreciated! Check it out!

Homecoming Assembly Coverage from WZZM

Sunrise Sidelines from WZZM

Enjoy reliving the experience of Homecoming 2018 with photos from Missy Brandt.


Princess Izzy was the Wish Kid Ambassador for the Senior Class. The seniors also happened to win the float design competition at the end of the night!


Kia was the Wish Kid Ambassador for the Junior Class.



Sam was the Wish Kid Ambassador for the Sophomore Class.


Brody was the Wish Kid Ambassador for the Freshmen Class.


Homecoming 2013 in Review

Last week Friday brought out plenty of sunshine and smiles as Wildcats roamed the streets for another community celebration.

Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

Little Wildcats fill the streets!

The 2013 Homecoming parade lined up at 4 pm at Bethel United Reformed Church to ready themselves for a 4:30 start time. Homecoming floats were judged by various members of the Junior High and High School faculties and were created around the theme of Superheros:

  • The Freshman brought Batman & the Joker to life
  • Sophomores channeled their inner Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Junior class created the Justin League on their float
  • …and Seniors brought The Avengers to life

It is worth noting that the 2016 float, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, not only featured the turtled heroes, but incorporated dry ice and a fog machine to simulate their sewer home. Such creativity helped them grab a first place nod from the judges as best 2013 JHS float!

Class representatives said that they chose the turtles as their superheroes because “…They are four turtles who work together to overcome their mutant-ness to be human…and they eat pizza!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Float builders enjoy their victory.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Float builders enjoy their victory.

Aside from float building and caped crusaders, Jenison High School enjoyed tremendous participation on behalf of the student body. The following groups were present for the parade: Homecoming Court, JV football team, cheerleaders, dance team, volleyball team, women’s swimming & diving team, men’s water polo team, thespian troupe, Sandy Hill Elementary families, JPS staff and their families, Jenison International Academy and “Power of Pink” (pictured below).

The evening football game put the Wildcat toughness on display, with green and white blazing on our new turf. Despite losing to East Grand Rapids 28-14, the ‘Cats showed tremendous determination and fight — something that always deserves applause!

Jenison High School Principal, Dr. Brandon Graham, had this to say about the festivities:

“Homecoming is a special time in Jenison and this year was no different. We had great participation from students of all ages who came out for the parade and the game– it was awesome to see their school spirit on display! I’m especially proud of our high schoolers for demonstrating creativity, for getting involved, and for supporting their team on the field!”

Until next year, here are some highlights and great memories from a fun night with the entire community:

Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

Perfect weather for a parade!

Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

Members of the Homecoming Court

Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

Best Friends: Abby, Molly and Maddie celebrate together.

Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

HomecomingCourt, Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

football, Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

JHS football looks tough but comes up short on Friday night.

fireworks, Jenison High School Homecoming, parade

It’s a night to remember!