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.


Make-A-Wish for Homecoming 2018

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There are so many things about our district that make me beam with pride! I love to celebrate our students who work hard and reach goals in their personal endeavors; but when I see our kids pouring themselves into a project that allows them to give back to their community – it’s beyond inspiring.

Homecoming week is nearing the grand finale, and students throughout the district have been enjoying theme days and fun contests within their schools to show their Wildcat pride. However, tomorrow (Friday, October 5) is when the real fun happens and we don’t want you to miss it!

This year, Jenison Homecoming will be much more than a parade, some football and a fancy night out. As they did 4 years ago, Student Council has decided to bring the community together and plan events to support Make-A-Wish Michigan. They have a goal to fundraise $15,000 to grant wishes to kids in our local area battling life threatening illnesses. There are multiple ways students are raising money this week; selling tee shirts,  ‘Miracle Minute’ cash drops at the assembly, raffles at the football game and the biggest event is the Homecoming Carnival that is happening right before the game tomorrow night. If you’re unable to attend, online donations can be accepted here, through the Jenison Homecoming Make-a-Wish Campaign.

Students have been paired up with a Make-A-Wish Kid ambassador to help spread awareness about this life-changing program. Floats for the Homecoming parade have been under construction according to the theme of the child’s wish. I can’t wait to see the creativity of the classes with modest budgets and float themes like: Disney princesses, Seven dwarfs / Mickey Mouse, Star Wars and Swimming with pigs and sharks in the ocean in the Bahamas! Those are some amazing wishes! It is also worth mentioning there is alot of buzz about the senior class and their float building skills. They have won the float design contest the last 3 years. Can they do it again? Will they graduate with their float building dynasty intact? Here is the class of 2020 feverishly working to dethrone the class of 2019!

We’re honored to have our Kid Ambassadors join us for some great activities throughout the weekend as well. First, they will visit the high school for the assembly and present to the student body about their personal life changing experience with Make-A-Wish. They will get to ride in convertibles alongside the class representatives through the parade as their float is presented. They will be present at the football game with their families and given some special, fun duties there as well.

We’ve yet to celebrate the full weekend but I’m already so proud of the work that has gone into planning something amazing for our community! I hope to see many of you at this weekend’s events!

2018 Community Homecoming Events

Parade | 4:30-5:30p

Carnival | 5:00-7:00p (RAIN OR SHINE!! Starts after the parade and will end when the game starts.) 

Football Game | 7:00p kickoff

Saturday: 2nd Annual 5k – Family Fun Run

Carnival Flyer

Homecoming 2013 in Review

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

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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:

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Perfect weather for a parade!

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Members of the Homecoming Court

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Best Friends: Abby, Molly and Maddie celebrate together.

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

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It’s a night to remember!