St. Joseph's students graduate

High school graduation rates for Native American students in South Dakota hover around 60%. 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 96%.

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

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Meet St. Joseph's Eighth Grade Class of 2019!

2019 Class Motto:

“Thiyóšpaye means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Joselle.

Joselle is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Joselle has attended St. Joseph’s Indian School for one year. She has loved all the staff while here at St. Joseph’s — how nice they are and how they want students to succeed. Joselle’s favorite class is Personal Living Skills. The best thing about her home was her friends and houseparents. Joselle is most grateful for the staff and is very proud of her good grades.

After finishing school, she dreams of being a photographer.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Bradyn.

Bradyn is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Bradyn has participated in basketball, cross country and track while attending St. Joseph’s. He loves being in sports and hanging out with friends. His favorite class is Math and his favorite home activities were the home trips! Bradyn is most grateful for his mom enrolling him at St. Joseph’s to receive a better education and make new friends. He is most proud of making his mom happy by participating in sports and getting good grades. Bradyn will always remember the home and Cultural Trips he went on, but especially the Air Madness trip with Speyer Home, the Seventh Grade Cultural trip, and going to Sioux Falls his eighth grade year.

Bradyn hopes to get a college degree and dreams of becoming an artist.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Julius.

Julius is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

During his two years at St. Joseph’s, he has participated in football, basketball and softball. He has appreciated the trips he’s taken, and also that he has been well taken care of. His favorite class is PE because of the activities. The best thing about his home was the food and the houseparents. Julius is very grateful for the trips he’s gone on and is proud of being responsible and respectful. Julius will always remember his Cultural Trip to Black Elk Peak when Delmar and Juju had to go to the bathroom and they were racing and Delmar got there first, and Juju had to go really bad, so he used the girls’ room.

Julius dreams of going to college and possibly becoming a firefighter.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Jada.

Jada is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

She has attended St. Joseph’s for five years and was involved in basketball, volleyball, softball, Beta Club, Honor Roll and Outstanding Attendance. Something Jada has loved about being here at St. Joseph’s is that it took her into new and exciting things! Out of all the classes, Jada’s favorites are Religion and History because both are fun and cool to learn about. The best thing about Jada’s home is everyone makes her happy and feel supported. She is most grateful for all her friends. Jada is proud of her eighth grade year, because sometimes she didn’t know if she could make it, but she did! She will always remember the Seventh Grade Cultural trip because it was a good time with all her friends and she experienced a lot about her culture.

Jada dreams of being a model for a fashion designer someday, or perhaps a doctor!


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Jade.

Jade is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

She has participated in basketball, volleyball and track during her five years at St. Joseph’s. Jade has loved the houseparents, counselors, home trips and the education she received at St. Joseph’s. Her favorite class was math because it comes easy for her. The best thing about her home is Rich and Tara’s food and Ms. Julie and Mr. Rigo’s children. She is very grateful for her houseparents, and is proud to be graduating eighth grade this year. She will always remember the memorable moments on the Washington trip!

Her future hopes are to go to college and get a good job. She wants to be a flight attendant someday!


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Nevaeh.

Nevaeh is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

During her time at St. Joseph’s she has been involved in basketball, volleyball, track, softball, National Honor Society, and Junior Beta Club. She has loved the Rec Center and the people she has met — the staff and the donors — while at St. Joseph’s. Her favorite class was Religion and the best thing about her home was Tara’s cooking. She is very grateful for the donors, friends and family. Nevaeh is proud to be graduating eighth grade with her friends. She will always remember when the Mathias Home had a water balloon fight with the rest of the 7th/8th community.

Nevaeh dreams of graduating high school, and attending a four-year college for event management. She wants to be an event planner when she grows up.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Julian.

Julian is enrolled in the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

He has been in basketball, track and football while here at St. Joseph’s. Julian has loved playing sports during his time at St. Joseph’s and his favorite class is Nancy’s math class. The best things about his home are the home trips and hanging out with his friends. Julian is grateful for his education here at St. Joseph’s and is proud of graduating the eighth grade. He will always remember all the places he went to on the Seventh Grade Cultural trip.

His future hopes and dreams include graduating high school, going into the Army, and then traveling the world!


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Basil.

Basil is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Basil has been attending St. Joseph’s since first grade for a total of eight years! While he’s been here, he has participated in basketball, track, cross country and softball. He has loved the chances St. Joseph’s gives — especially the donor luncheons. Basil’s favorite class was PE and the best thing about his home is it helped him learn right from wrong. He is most grateful for the education and chances that not every child gets. Basil is very proud of learning how to grow up without drugs or alcohol. He will always remember the Seventh Grade Cultural trip and his trip to Orlando, Florida

Basil dreams of getting a job and helping his family.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Taivin.

Taivin is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

During his four years at St. Joseph’s, he has been involved in football, basketball, Explorers, track and softball. He has loved going to baseball trips with the Explorers Club while at St. Joseph’s. Math is Taivin’s favorite class. The best thing about his St. Joseph’s home is the houseparents! Taivin is most grateful for the good education St. Joseph’s provides. He is extremely proud of his grades.

Taivin’s future hopes and dreams are to graduate high school, go to college and become a firefighter.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Destiny.

Destiny is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

While at St. Joseph’s, she has participated in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, softball and the YES Girls program. Destiny has loved that there is always something to do at St. Joseph’s. Her favorite class is art. The best thing about her home is hanging out with friends and having a good time. Destiny is most grateful for her friends and family. She is proud of her accomplishments to make her family proud and graduate. Destiny will always remember laughing with her friends.

Destiny’s future hopes and dreams are to go into the National Guard and college. She wants to be a photographer someday.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Lavella.

Lavella is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

She has been here at St. Joseph’s for two years. During that time, she was involved in volleyball, track, basketball and softball. She has loved the home trips while here at St. Joseph’s. Lavella’s favorite class is Math, and the best thing about her home are her friends. She is most grateful for friends and family. Lavella is proud that she joined track. She will always remember her time with friends.

Lavella’s future hopes and dreams are to go to college and become a dentist one day.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Walter.

Walter is enrolled in the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

During his two years at St. Joseph’s, he has participated in basketball, track, football, softball, cross country and wrestling. He has loved going to school here at St. Joseph’s and learning new things. Walter’s favorite class is Math because he is always learning new things. The best thing about his home are the home trips. Walter is most grateful for being at St. Joseph’s and is very proud of his learning, his math skills, and just being a part of St. Joseph’s! He will always remember his home trips and the Seventh Grade Cultural trip.

He dreams of going to college and one day being an electrician!


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Ivis.

Ivis is enrolled in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

He has been in football and basketball during his time at St. Joseph’s. Ivis loves having lots of friends at St. Joseph’s. His favorite class is Math, and the best thing about his home is that it had a lot of video games. Ivis is grateful for basketball and is proud to have accomplished graduating from the eighth grade. He will always remember the Seventh Grade Cultural trip when they got to go to Evan’s Plunge.

Ivis’ future hopes and dreams are to be in the military — more specifically, the Marines.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Diamond.

Diamond is a Rosebud Sioux Tribal member.

She has attended St. Joseph’s for eight years and has participated in basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, Beta Club and National Honor’s Society. St. Joseph’s has given her the opportunities to travel, meet new people and receive a great education. Her favorite class is Native American Studies and the best thing about her home was the houseparents. Diamond is most grateful for the staff who helped her and is very proud to be finishing the eighth grade here at St. Joseph’s. She will always remember traveling to different states while at St. Joseph’s.

Diamond’s future hope is to graduate college, travel and one day become a lawyer


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Larsten.

Larsten is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

During her year here at St. Joseph’s, she was involved in cheerleading. She has loved St. Joseph’s and her favorite classes are Religion and Enlighs-Language Arts. The best thing about her home is the food! Larsten is most grateful for her teachers and houseparents and is proud of her attendance this year. She will always remember the great effort her homeroom teacher always gave her!

Larsten’s dream is to become a successful writer one day.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Razalia.

Razalia is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

She has been in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and track while here at St. Joseph’s. She has loved all the opportunities St. Joseph’s has given her. Razalia’s favorite class was art. The best things about her home were the memories she made with the other girls she lived with and her houseparents. She is most grateful for the experiences she’s had with her friends and family. She is most proud of being able to go to Washington D.C. She will always remember the memories she made with new friends!

Razalia’s future hope is to be able to do one of her dream jobs: cosmetologist or accountant.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Sheresa.

Sheresa is enrolled in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

She has been at St. Joseph’s since the fifth grade. She took part in volleyball and the graduation committee during that time. She loved that St. Joseph’s staff encouraged her to do better. Sheresa’s favorite class is Algebra and the best thing about her home was the houseparents! Sheresa is most grateful for her mom, grandma and family. She is proud of her accomplishments and graduating from the eighth grade. Sheresa will always remember her seventh grade home trip with Chuck and Rachel.

Sheresa’s future hopes and dreams include becoming a teacher, but for right now she is going to be focused on going to and graduating from high school.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Amira.

Amira is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Amira has loved all the people she’s met here at St. Joseph’s. Her favorite class was Social Studies and the best thing about her home was the food. Amira is extremely grateful for the St. Joseph’s staff she was closest to, because they were helpful and kind. She is very proud of the grades she earned this year. Amira will always remember the girls that she hung out with the most.

Her future hopes and dreams are to graduate high school, go to college and study to become a nurse!


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Dayzah.

Dayzah is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

She has participated in volleyball during her year here at St. Joseph’s. She has loved everything about St. Joseph’s this year! Dayzah’s favorite class was Religion and the best thing about her home was her houseparents and Rich and Tara’s food! She is most grateful for all of her grandmas, her mom and her dad. Dayzah is proud to be graduating the eighth grade. She will always remember her first time going to Jennie’s office because she was nervous, but Jennie was nice once she got to meet her!

Dayzah’s future hopes and dreams include going into the Army and becoming a therapist one day.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Mariah.

Mariah is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

She has been involved in volleyball, basketball, cheer and the YES Girls program during her time at St. Joseph’s. She has loved how safe St. Joseph’s is and that she always had something to do! Mariah’s favorite class is math because there’s always a challenge to it. The best thing about her home was the girls, because they were family. Mariah is most grateful for her family because they accept the choices she makes. She is most proud of being Miss St. Joseph’s for her eighth grade year. Mariah will always remember the Seventh Grade Cultural trip because it was a fun experience!

Mariah’s future hopes and dreams are to travel the world and be a photographer


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - JayCee.

JayCee is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

She has been at St. Joseph’s since the third grade and has participated in basketball, volleyball and softball. She has loved the Seventh Grade Cultural trip as well as other trips while here at St. Joseph’s. JayCee’s favorite class is Personal Living Skills and the best things about her home were the houseparents. She is most grateful for the trips she went on with her home and school. Jaycee is proud of being able to express her culture and be herself at school. She will always remember the teachers and staff who helped her through her struggles, because if it weren’t for them, she says she would not be here today.

JayCee’s future hopes and dreams are to graduate high school and college and to one day become a photographer.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Delmar.

Delmar is enrolled in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Delmar has been here at St. Joseph’s for six years, and has participated in basketball, football, softball, cross country, bowling and track. Delmar has loved all the activities St. Joseph’s has to offer. His favorite class is math because he finds it easy and the best things about his home were the people he got to be around, like his friends and houseparents. Delmar is most grateful for the great education and good food at St. Joseph’s. He is most proud of getting good grades. Delmar will always remember the Cultural Trip, the Explorer’s Club trips, and his teachers.

His future hopes and dreams are to join the military and become a soldier.


Meet Our 2019 8th Grader - Collin.

Collin is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

He has been at St. Joseph’s since the third grade, during which time he was involved in basketball, football and softball. He has loved learning new stuff and going on trips while at St. Joseph’s. Collin’s favorite classes are Religion and PE, and the best things about his home are the houseparents and food. He is most grateful for the houseparents that have helped him through the years and for his grandma for enrolling him at St. Joseph’s. Collin is most proud of being able to do things on his own, and his improvements in sports. He will always remember the Seventh Grade Cultural trip, blocking Colton in the eighth grade vs. staff basketball game, and all the help given by his houseparents.

Collin’s future hopes and dreams are to do well in high school, and be an electrician someday.


Meet St. Joseph's Eighth Grade Class of 2018!

2018 Class Motto:

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

Linda Poindexter

Meet Our 2018 8th Grade Class

Back: Samantha, Shayelyn, ShyAnne, Jeren
Middle: Rudy, LaShawn, Josette, Nateela, Josiah, Joaquin, Charlie, Shyanna
Front: Paige, Andrew, Marques, Keshaume, Clayton, Harlee

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.


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