Danisha, St. Joseph's graduate.

Danisha has attended St. Joseph’s Indian School since second grade.

Future plans: Attend Dakota State University to major in Graphic Design.

Activities: During high school, I was able to travel to many places, including Philadelphia, New Jersey, St. Louis, Denver, Minneapolis and California for donor luncheons as well as Germany. While attending high school I participated in Native American Club, Cheerleading and was on the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) Knowledge Bowl team. We brought back 2nd place in the knowledge bowl and I also achieved 2nd place in my individual math test.

The past four summers, I attended South Dakota GEAR UP at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. I met a lot of people, many of whom I now call my closest friends.

Best memory: Going to the State A basketball tournament with the cheerleaders and supporting the Chamberlain Cubs basketball team.

Advice to younger students: Do your homework, charges and other things right away. Procrastination sets you farther back to the point where you have to miss out on doing fun things like going on trips or hanging out with your friends.

Erin, St. Joseph's graduate.

Erin has attended St. Joseph’s Indian School since the fifth grade.

Future plans: Attend South Dakota State University to major in Pharmacy. If my plans somehow change, my ambition to be successful will not. I will not become another statistic.

Activities: In my high school years, I have had the pleasure of being on the golf team, a cheerleader, FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America), Native American Club and Drama Club. I was part of the crew for the Willy Wonka theatre production and worked at Al’s Oasis as a waitress.

Without St. Joseph’s I would not have been blessed with the opportunities I was given. Being able to go to Germany, Florida and California and making all these amazing memories would not have been possible. I give thanks to this lovely school that helped me become the person I am today.

Best Memory: My favorite memory at St. Joseph’s would be every single time I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. I’ve spent most of my life here and the memories are too numerous to pick a certain one. The people I have become close with will always stay in my heart. There was always some sort of memory being made, every time we would drive around town, go to church, school and everywhere else imaginable. I will cherish these memories always!

Advice to younger students: STUDY - high school is not always fun and games. In the words of my houseparent Robb, “it’s always better to keep up than catch up!”

I would love to thank every staff person for believing in me when I did not believe in myself. I would especially like to thank my grandparents for letting the decision of coming to St. Joseph’s be my choice and supporting me through the most difficult obstacles. I also want to thank all my St. Joseph’s houseparents for putting up with me, my counselors for listening to me and Pam for being by my side through this busy senior year.

Nick, St. Joseph's graduate.

Nicholas has attended St. Joseph’s Indian School since second grade.

Future plans: Attend college to major in Business and Accounting.

Activities: I’ve been in basketball for three years and during my senior year we made it to state. I also lettered in basketball.

Best Memory: My favorite memory about St. Joseph’s would have to be all the fun I’ve had. There are too many great memories to pick just one. I like being around my friends because we have some pretty good times.

“I’d like to thank everybody who has helped me throughout my years at St. Joseph’s,” said Nick. “You have helped me to be the person I am today and I really appreciate it.”

DKera, St. Joseph's graduate.

D`Kera has attended St. Joseph’s since first grade.

Future Plans: Attend South Dakota State University and major in Nursing. I’m currently enlisted in the Army Reserves, in the 323rd chemical company, and I leave for basic training in July.

Activities: Throughout high school I have been in a lot of extracurricular activities and worked numerous jobs. Even though I’m a girly girl, I love playing sports. Basketball and volleyball are my favorite. One thing I’m known for at St. Joseph’s is probably my awesome driving skills.

Best Memory: I don’t know what my favorite memory would be, but going to Germany on the student exchange program was definitely an experience I will never forget. I’m excited to graduate and get out on my own!

“I`d like to thank everyone who helped me get to where I am,” said D’Kera. “I would especially like to thank my grandma for giving me the strength to overcome anything, and I only wish she could be here to see me graduate. To the rest of my family I can’t thank you enough for your love and support. I would, of course, like to thank all of the teachers, houseparents, counselors and coaches that I ever had. Hooah.”


All active news articles