St. Joseph’s students graduate

High school graduation rates for Native American students in South Dakota hover around 50%. For many Native American young people, this means graduation — from any level of school — is more than a milestone … it is a far-away dream. However, for students who attend St. Joseph’s at some point in their academic career, graduation rates are approximately 80%.

Thanks to friends across the country, American Indian children in need find stability, an education and hope at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Pilamayathank you!


Meet St. Joseph’s Eighth Grade Class of 2017!

2017 Class Motto:

Life is like a camera, focus only on what is important and you will capture it perfectly.

Linda Poindexter

Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Carolina.

Carolina was born July 23, 2003, in Mitchell, South Dakota. She is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Her favorite school memory is when the 7th and 8th graders went to Camp Med, a career day for health careers. Her favorite memory was when they went on a day trip to Mitchell and spent time with the houseparents.

Carolina plans to be a part of St. Joseph’s High School Program and attend Chamberlain High School. She wants to be a photographer someday.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Shawnna.

Shawnna was born on January 17, 2003, in Pierre, South Dakota. She is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Shawnna’s favorite memory of school is when she and Sasha went to Central Offices and “pied” Amanda in the face with whipped cream! Her favorite home memory was when she was in the 6th grade and Lori and Lloyd took the home to Mitchell for a day trip.

Shawnna plans to attend Chamberlain High School. She wants to become a probation officer.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Pearl.

Pearl was born on December 14, 2001, in Pierre, South Dakota. She is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Pearl’s favorite memory of school is playing in the staff vs. 8th grade girls and boys basketball game. Her favorite home memory is when they went to Wild Water West home trip.

Pearl plans on attending the St. Joseph’s High School Program after 8th grade. Pearl would someday like to be a part of the FBI or become a vet.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Isaiah.

Isaiah was born on April 9, 2003, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Isaiah’s favorite memory of school is drinking coffee with Schoeny on the 7th Grade cultural trip and messing around during their time in the car. His favorite memory of Rooney Home was when they went to the WaTiki Water Park for a home trip and he and Trinity had fun messing around.

Right now, Isaiah is unsure where he wants to attend high school, but he does know that someday he would like to be a comedian!


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Leonard.

Leonard was born on January 14, 2003, in Pierre, South Dakota. He is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Leonard’s favorite school memory is the 7th grade cultural trip — it was fun and educational at the same time. His favorite home memories are when he lived in Raphael Home with Leonard and Aleece.

Leonard plans to attend Chamberlain High School next year. He wants to be a great role model when he grows up.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Preston.

Preston was born September 11, 2002, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Preston’s favorite school memory is from guidance class when his teacher, Bill, needed to call the office on the intercom system. All he had to do was pick up the phone and the secretaries would answer over the intercom, but Bill had his reading glasses on and was going through the phone directory, looking for a number to dial … even though there was no keypad on the phone! His favorite memory of Rooney Home was his 7th grade cultural trip.

Preston is unsure where he will be attending high school, but knows that he would like to serve in the Army when he grows up.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Wakinyan.

Wakinyan was born January 4, 2003, in Rapid City, South Dakota. He is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Wakinyan’s favorite school memory is his 7th grade cultural trip, especially when he had the opportunity to climb Black Elk Peak. His favorite memory of the home is his 6th grade Cyr Home trip with Odis and Theresa. They went to Rapid City and had fun at Flags and Wheels and the WaTiki waterpark.

After graduating from 8th grade, Wakinyan plans to attend high school and earn his diploma. When he grows up, he wants to be an animator.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Tayeden.

Tayeden was born March 10, 2003, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

His favorite school memory is the 7th grade cultural trip. He enjoyed all of the historical sites, as well as the camaraderie between staff and students. His favorite home memory was playing hide-and-seek in the Rooney Home.

Tayeden plans to attend Chamberlain High School. His long-term plans include attending college and exploring more options for his future.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Brennan.

Brennan was born December 12, 2002, in Pierre, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Brennan’s favorite memory of school is the 7th grade cultural trip. His favorite memory of the home is playing basketball with his houseparent, William and crossing him up.

Brennan plans on attending Chamberlain High School after 8th grade graduation. He wants to graduate high school and see where life takes him.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Garret.

Garret was born on August 27, 2002, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

Garret’s favorite memory of school is the 7th grade cultural trip. His favorite memory of the home is in 7th grade living in Rooney and having fun messing around with the fellas.

After 8th grade graduation, Garret plans on attending Chamberlain High School. He wants to graduate high school and go to college where he will hopefully play basketball.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Victor.

Victor was born on March 16th, 2003, in Yankton, South Dakota. He is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Victor’s favorite memories of school at St. Joseph’s is when his class had free time in the school gym or when they went outside for P.E. His favorite Speyer Home memory is when the home was getting ready for breaks, because there were only a few people left on the last days.

Victor plans on going to high school, and then on to college, and playing basketball for both. He eventually wants to play for the NBA or in the D-League.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Trinity.

Trinity was born August 16, 2002, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Trinity’s favorite memory of school is the 7th grade cultural trip. His favorite memory of the home is when he and Jarrett were on their way back from Family Dollar and they tried to hide from Odis in a tree. Then, Odis caught them and told them to get down. Trinity made it down safely, but Jarret’s foot got caught on a branch and he landed on his stomach!

Trinity plans on being a Chamberlain Cub and then go to college at the University of Kentucky. When he grows up, he wants to be a professional basketball player.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Lillian.

Lillian was born October 16, 2002, in Yankton, South Dakota. She is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Lillian’s favorite school memory is when she played in the staff vs. 8th grade basketball game. Her favorite home memory was when they went to Wild Water West for a home trip.

Lilly plans on going into the high school program and attending Chamberlain Hight School after 8th grade graduation. When she grows up, Lilly wants to be in the WNBA or become a vet.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Lynaiah.

Lynaiah was born July 25, 2003, in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Lynaiah’s favorite memory of school was when Espy and LaDaiya were dancing in the library. Her favorite home memory was when Espy dumped a spoonful of snicker salad on her head.

After 8th grade graduation, Lynaiah plans to graduate high school and would someday like to become a vet.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - LaDaiya.

LaDaiya was born January 18, 2003, in Rosebud, South Dakota. She is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

LaDaiya’s favorite memory of school is going to Julie’s office and eating up all of her snacks. Her favorite memory of the home was when she and Rachel were messing around with water and Rachel got LaDaiya with the sprayer.

After 8th grade graduation, LaDaiya plans to graduate high school and get her diploma. When she grows up, LaDaiya would like to be a pediatrician.


Meet Our 2017 8th Grader - Trudy.

Trudy was born May 17, 2003, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Trudy’s favorite school memory is the outdoor slope activity they did for math class. Her favorite memory in the home is sledding in winter.

After 8th grade graduation, Trudy plans on being in the St. Joseph’s High School Program. Trudy wants to be a firefighter when she is older.

Meet St. Joseph’s Eighth Grade Class of 2016!

2016 Class Motto:

As we go on, we remember all the times we spent together, and as our lives change, come whatever, we will still be friends forever.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Alyssa.

Alyssa was born on January 19, 2002 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Alyssa’s favorite school memory was the 7th Grade Cultural Trip. Her favorite home memory was when she and her friends were scared by one of her houseparents.

After graduating from high school, Alyssa plans on attending college to become an accountant.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Anthony.

Anthony was born on September 28, 2001 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Anthony’s favorite memory of school at St. Joseph’s was his 7th Grade Cultural Trip.

Anthony’s future plans include going to high school and getting his diploma.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Devon.

Devon was born on March 12, 2002 in Rosebud, South Dakota. He is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Devon’s favorite memories of school are the days before breaks because everyone is so excited! Another favorite memory is from 8th Grade, when he was struck by a parked car — while playing tag, Devon was running backwards and the car snuck up behind him.

After 8th grade, Devon plans to graduate from high school and eventually attend college.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Dominick.

Dominick was born on July 29, 2002 in Winner, South Dakota. He is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Dominick’s favorite memory of school at St. Joseph’s was when he went on his 7th Grade Cultural Trip. His favorite Speyer Home memory is going on this year’s home trip.

Dominick plans on graduating from high school, and then would like to see where life takes him from there!


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Haesel.

Haesel was born on February 14, 2002 in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Haesel’s favorite memory of school was the 7th Grade Cultural Trip. Another favorite memory was when she and her friends all jumped in the fountain at the museum.

After finishing high school, Haesel’s dreams are to go to college and have a successful career.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Haille.

Haille was born on June 16, 2002 in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Haille’s favorite school memory is of the 7th Grade Cultural trip because she made a lot of memories with everyone there. Her favorite home memory was in 6th and 7th grade — every time the 8th graders went out to eat with their Family Service Counselor, the younger girls got water balloons ready to throw at them when they came back.

After graduating high school, Haille’s future dream is to become a vet because she likes animals!


Meet Our 2015 8th Grader - Harold.

Harold was born on May 29, 2002 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Harold’s favorite school memory is from an s 8th grade basketball game when he and two of his teammates acted like the ball was a hot potato and he accidentally hit an opposing player in the face with it. His favorite home memory is of his 7th grade home trip to Sioux Falls. They all had fun at SkyZone and the mall.

Harold’s future dreams and plans include attending Flandreau Indian School next year. After high school, he would like to attend college at the University of Kansas.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Iyung.

Iyung was born May 2, 2002 in Winner, South Dakota. She is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

Iyung’s favorite memory of school at St. Joseph’s is when one of her friends slipped down the hill when it was raining. Her favorite Stevens Home memory was when she and two of her friends had a marker war.

After high school, Iyung’s future plans are to move out of South Dakota and get a job.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Jason.

Jason was born on July 28, 2001 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Jason’s favorite school memory is making new friends and having fun learning new things. His favorite memory of home is telling jokes and playing basketball with friends.

Jason plans on attending and graduating from Chamberlain High School.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Jayda.

Jayda was born on July 18, 2002 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Jayda’s favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s was going to her first dance in 7th grade. She will remember also when she and the other 7th graders bombed the 8th graders during a water balloon fight in the home!

After graduating from high school, Jayda would like to pursue a career as an animator.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Justina.

Justina was born October 30, 2001 in Mitchell, South Dakota. She is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Justina’s favorite home memory is last year when she and two of her friends jumped in the water fountain by the museum.

Justina wants to graduate from high school and go to Kansas State University and from there she wants to travel the world. By the age of 30, she dreams of moving to Atlanta, Georgia and starting her own salon.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Maleke.

Maleke was born on August 13, 2001 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Maleke’s favorite memory of school at St. Joseph’s was when he and two of his friends were trying to do back flips off a tree. His favorite memory of his home was being at Fisher Field with his friends and being happy.

Maleke’s future dreams are to go to college, play basketball, and hopefully even play pro!


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Nick.

Nicholas was born on June 26, 2002 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Nick’s favorite school memory while attending St. Joseph’s was of his 7th Grade Cultural Trip. His favorite home memory is of this year’s home trip with Rooney Home.

Nick’s future plans include finishing high school and going to college.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Ramez.

Ramez was born on September 24, 2000 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Ramez’s favorite memory of school was of his 8th grade football season. His favorite home memory is from 6th grade in the Fisher Home when houseparent Derek scared the boys while watching a horror movie.

Ramez plans to graduate from Chamberlain High School and pursue a college degree.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Richard.

Richard was born on November 15, 2000 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.

Richard’s favorite school memory is when, in an 8th grade basketball game, he snagged a monster rebound and went back up to score two points… for the opposing team.

Richard’s future plans and dreams include attending Chamberlain High School and serving in the military.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Sam.

Samuel was born in September 5, 2001 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Sam’s favorite memory of St. Joe’s School was going on the 7th Grade Cultural Trip. His favorite memory of the home is going to Thunder Road and beating his houseparent, Richard, at go-carts.

Sam plans on finishing high school and joining the military or National Guard.


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Taelonna.

Taelonna was born August 21, 2001 in Mitchell, South Dakota. She is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Taelonna doesn’t have just one favorite memory of St. Joe’s, but her favorite days were hanging out with her friends. She also will remember her 7th Grade Cultural Trip!

After graduating high school, Taelonna would like to go to college for business and then on to Aveda Institute for cosmetology in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After college, she dreams of moving to a big city and working in a salon until she has enough money to travel the world!


Meet Our 2016 8th Grader - Terrance.

Terrance was born June 16, 2000 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Terrance’s favorite school memory is of an 8th grade basketball game — he got to play and made two 3-point shots in one game! Terrance enjoyed sharing funny stories with friends while hanging out in the home, and will remember that always.

After graduating high school, he would like to work with his dad on a ranch.

Meet St. Joseph’s Eighth Grade Class of 2015!

2015 Class Motto:

 Memories take us back — Dreams take us forward 


Meet Our 8th Graders - Listella.

Listella is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Listella’s future dreams and plans include first graduating high school. After high school and college, she has several possible occupations in mind: a DJ, a dentist, a photographer or possibly joining the army.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Grace.

Grace is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Grace’s favorite home memory is when Chris and Diana took them to the movies. After the movies they went to McDonalds and played in the playground. It was so much fun because both of the houseparents played ball with them!

After graduating from high school, Grace wants to join the army or go to college and become a doctor or nurse.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Camron.

Camron is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Camron’s favorite memory while attending school at St. Joseph’s is when they had a free day in Matt’s math class. They went to the Rec Center. His favorite home memory is just walking around the campus with his friends, Jered and Rain.

After graduating high school, Camron wants to go to college and become an animator.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Benjamin.

Benjamin is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Ben’s favorite memory at St. Joseph’s is when they went on the seventh grade cultural trip. It started raining and it cracked the windshield! Another favorite memory was winning the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) Handgame Tournament this year.

After finishing high school and maybe college, Ben plans to join the Army.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Sarah.

Sarah is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Sarah’s favorite home memory is when she and Alyssa both got whipped cream pies in the face on their birthdays! And she also loved being roomates with her sisters.

After graduating high school, Sarah plans on going to college. She wants to enter some type of medical field that helps her to get out in the world more.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Aalyiah.

Aalyiah is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Aalyiah’s favorite memory was riding on the bus coming home from Crow Creek and telling scary stories with Mary! She will also remember her seventh grade home trip to Waitiki Water Park.

Aalyiah hopes to go to college after she graduates from high school. She would then like to become either a nurse or a cop.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Dylan.

Dylan is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Dylan says he has a lot of favorite memories from St. Joseph’s Indian School because of all the fun times. He also has made a lot of new friends.

Dylan’s future dreams and plans include graduating from high school, going to college and becoming a cop. He also wants to do his best to be a good older brother.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Mary.

Mary is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

One of her favorite memories from her time at St. Joseph’s is riding back on the bus with Aalyiah from a basketball game. They were making up stories about monsters! Mary also loved having water fights.

After high school graduation and attending college, Mary would like to become a teacher or a houseparent and work at St. Joseph’s Indian School!


Meet Our 8th Graders - Alise.

Alise is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Alise’s favorite home memory was when she was in Pinger Home with Shakia. After seeing a movie, Shakia scared Alise and Alise accidently hit Shakia in the face with her shoe!

After high school graduation and attending college, Alise would like to be a photographer.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Jered.

Jered is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Jered’s favorite school memory is his very first Halloween at St. Joseph’s when he was in fourth grade. He dressed up like a leopard.

After high school graduation, Jered wants to go to college and become an animator.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Nathaniel.

Nathaniel is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Nate’s favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s is when his teacher, Matt, won a push up contest against the entire class. His favorite home memory is when his houseparent, Jim, burned some soup. They tried to eat it, but ended up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

Nate’s future dreams and plans include finshing high school and college and then becoming a lawyer.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Lara.

Lara is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Lara’s favorite school memory is when she fell down the hill at recess. Her favorite home memory was when they celebrated her unbirthday in the home and she got ambushed with the cake — it was quite a mess!

After high school graduation, Lara would like to attend art school and become an artist.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Patrick.

Patrick is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Patrick’s favorite school memory while attending St. Joe’s happened when he was in art class — he got to make things like a sandwich, a drink and fries out of clay! His favorite home memory was going to Thunder Road for his home trip.

After graduating from high school, Patrick wants to be a mechanic at his dad’s garage.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Joe.

Joe is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

His favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s is when they won the LNI handgames competition. His favorite home memory is all the fun he had in sixth grade. Justin and Deavontay were eighth graders at the time — it was so much fun to be around them because they included the younger kids.

Joe plans to graduate high school, and then go to college or trade school — he would like to be a carpenter.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Alan.

Alan is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Alan’s favorite memory while attending school at St. Joseph’s is going on a day trip to the Dakota 38+2 Ride. He got to see his family members who were participating in the ride.

After Alan graduates from high school, he plans to attend college (he would love to go to Duke!). Alan wants to go into engineering, play basketball and meet Coach K!


Meet Our 8th Graders - Wankiya.

Wankiya is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

His favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s is learning to play hand games. Wankiya’s best home memory is the trip to Sioux Falls to attend an indoor football game.

After high school graduation and trade school, his dream is to be a race car technician.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Louie.

Louie is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Louie’s favorite school memory while attending St. Joseph’s is going on the seventh grade cultural trip. His favorite home memory is the time Maleke was making them all laugh — they laughed so hard they started to cry!

After Louie graduates from high school, he would like to attend college. He dreams of playing basketball with the NBA.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Treyah.

Treyah is a member of the Ponca Tribe.

Treyah’s favorite school memory is playing tether ball outside with her family service counselor, Amanda. Amanda meant to hit the ball toward Treyah but instead she hit herself in the face! Her favorite home memory was when Mathias and Stevens Homes would have prank wars.

After high school graduation, Treyah would like to become a cosmetologist.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Duran.

Duran belongs to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Duran’s favorite memory of St. Joseph’s are the first days when he returned to school after summer break — he got to see all of his friends. His favorite home memory is having a water fight in a field. It was really fun because a lot of people were participating.

After high school graduation and getting a college education, Duran hopes to become a singer.

Meet St. Joseph’s Eighth Grade Class of 2014!

2014 Class Motto:

“You can’t master your future if you are still stuck in your past.”


Meet Our 8th Graders - Anthony.

Anthony was born on September 14, 1999, in Rapid City, South Dakota. He is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Anthony’s favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s was the Explorers trip to watch the Rockies play in Denver when he was in the seventh grade. His favorite memory in St. Joseph’s homes is Friday night pizza and many walks downtown with the guys and his houseparent Tony.

After high school, Anthony plans to attend a technical school and learn to be a carpenter.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Jay.

Jay was born on December 28, 1999, in Rapid City, South Dakota. He belongs to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Jay’s favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s is when his brother, Bryan, did his happy dance!!

Jay plans on going to Chamberlain High School and eventually become a combat engineer.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Krista.

Krista was born on September 7, 1999, in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Krista’s favorite memory in the home was when the whole home had a cake fight on her birthday.

Krista’s future dreams and plans include graduating high school and going into the Army. Then she would like to attend medical school in South Dakota to be a pediatrician.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Craig.

Craig was born on November 18, 1999, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Craig’s favorite school memories are the times he spent in Craig B’s classroom. His favorite home memory occurred when he was in the third grade in the Dennis Home when Trenton dressed up like a grandma for Halloween. Then the fire alarm went off and Trenton had to run down the stairs and outside in high heels and a dress!

After eighth grade, Craig’s plan is to attend high school and earn his diploma. He would like to attend college after that.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Jean.

Jean was born on February 3, 2000, in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Jean’s favorite memory while attending school at St. Joseph’s is going to the Dakota 38+2 kick off. Her favorite part was seeing her uncles participate. Jean’s favorite home memory is going to the Life Light concert with the Mathias Home in sixth grade.

Jean’s future plans include finishing high school and then going to college to take medical classes and become a nurse or doctor.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Reyna.

Reyna was born on January 11, 2000, in Sioux City, Iowa. She belongs to the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Reyna’s favorite St. Joseph’s memories include having good teachers and, on Crazy Hair Day, making her hair really crazy!! Her favorite home memories include having a pillow fight with the girls and also having a bonfire by the Missouri River.

Reyna’s future plans include attending Chamberlain High School, going to college, and getting a job doing something with kids.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Raquel.

Raquel was born on December 14, 1999, in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Raquel’s favorite memories while attending St. Joseph’s were hanging out with her friends. She also enjoyed attending the Mr. Relay for Life Pagaent and seeing the good and not so good talent.

Raquel’s future dreams and plans include graduating high school and going to college. She would like to attend the University of Notre Dame and become a pediatrician.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Chandler.

Chandler was born on November 19, 1999, in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Chandler’s favorite memory was going on a Donor Luncheon trip to Chicago. Her favorite part of the trip was seeing the Buckingham Fountain — the lights were so pretty — and the University of Notre Dame campus.

Chandler plans on graduating high school and attending college to become a nurse.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Helena.

Helena was born on December 1, 1998, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Her favorite memory from St. Joseph’s is the Stevens Home trip to Rapid City. She had fun shopping, going to Watiki Water Park and the Badlands, and getting to see her family in Rapid City.

Helena’s future plans include going to Chamberlain High School and then joining the military.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Hope.

Hope was born on April 26, 2000, in Yankton, South Dakota. She belongs to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Hope’s favorite school memory happened when she was in seventh grade—the power went out and she was scared to use the bathroom because it looked like a serial killer movie! Also in seventh grade on the home trip, Hope drank some of Daisy’s cappuccino, which had a lot of caffeine in it—she started climbing and crawling around the car!!

Hope’s future dreams and plans include graduating from high school, going to college in California or Indiana to study music. She would like to become a music director.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Keaytan.

Keaytan was born on December 23, 1999, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Keaytan’s favorite memories were the times spent in Scott’s office, his Family Service Counselor. His favorite home memory was playing outside with the seventh and eighth graders when he was in sixth grade.

After graduation, Keaytan plans to attend high school and then college.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Kayla.

Kayla was born on December 15, 1999, in Valentine, Nebraska. She is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Kayla’s favorite memory is the seventh grade cultural trip.

Kayla’s future dreams and plans include getting her high school diploma, going to college at South Dakota State University and getting both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Kayla would like to become a Child and Youth Worker.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Laslie.

Laslie was born on December 10, 1999, in Pierre, South Dakota. She belongs to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Laslie’s favorite school memory while attending St. Joseph’s is going to a movie because the staff had a meeting. The eighth grade boys were singing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus on their way to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Her favorite home memory is the Pinger Home trip to Rapid City when she was in sixth grade. They went to Watiki Water Park and to Flags and Wheels.

Laslie’s future plans are to graduate from high school and attend college. She would like to attend the University of California-Los Angeles. Laslie dreams of going to the WNBA and is still considering other careers.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Caden.

Caden was born on June 6, 1999, in Chamberlain, South Dakota. He is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Caden’s favorite school memory is finally understanding algebra!! His favorite home memory is game night with Luke in the Ambrose Home.

Caden’s future dreams and plans include attending Chamberlain High School, graduating, and then go on to Kentucky to play basketball for the Wildcats.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Trenton.

Trenton was born on August 7, 2000, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Trenton’s favorite memory while attending St. Joseph’s is being in Craig B’s class. Craig made learning fun and it was always fun to see Craig rap. Trenton’s favorite home memory is when he did the ostrich dance in the upstairs hallway after bedtime and it was caught on camera!!

Trenton plans to attend Chamberlain High School as part of St. Joseph’s High School program. After high school, Trenton would like to join the military and serve his country like his sister, Taylor.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Freedom.

Freedom was born on May 5, 1999, in Sedalia, Missouri. She is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Freedom’s favorite home memory is when the home was in the gym and Ethan was in the weight room. Ethan was lifting weights on the machine and when he went down, he got stuck and someone had to help him!

Freedom would like to graduate from high school and then go to college. She plans to move off the reservation and become a nurse, cop or detective.


Meet Our 8th Graders - Ethan.

Ethan was born on August 3, 2000, in Valentine, Nebraska. He is a member of the Ponca Tribe.

Ethan’s favorite home memory is when he was working out at the Rec Center and Bryan split his pants while exercising.

Ethan’s future dreams and plans include graduating from eighth grade and attending Chamberlain High School as part of the St. Joseph’s Indian School High School program. After high school, Ethan would like to attend technical school to become a mechanic.


Pilamayathank you — for the support and encouragement you so generously share with the Lakota students!