Cardinal of the Month

Big Sioux Media and LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse are proud to partner together for the 2017-2018 “Cardinal of the Month” campaign! Every month students from Dell Rapids St Mary will be chosen to be recognized as “Cardinals of the Month”. We want to not only recognize the hard work that students put in the classroom with their studies, but also the great things they are doing inside the school and out in the community, such as being positive role models to younger students, lending a helping hand without asking, or community service. Administration and staff will be nominating and selecting students each month. Big Sioux Media will be recognizing those students on our website, presenting them with a certificate, and LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse will be rewarding those students with a 1/2 dozen cupcakes!

If you spot a student exhibiting the qualities listed in the community, and would like to nominate them for Cardinal of the Month, email us at We’ll send your comments to the appropriate school for the administration to consider them as a nominee!

November Cardinals of the Month

Dell Rapids St Mary Elementary School – Cami Wolles (4th):  Cami is the daughter of Ed and Teresa Wolles and is in 4th grade at St. Mary School. Her siblings include Clay (Freshman), Kayla, Joseph, and Gina (all SMCS graduates).

Cami was nominated because she always has a smile on her face, from the moment she enters the building to the end of the day. She works hard at being the best person she can be to those around her. She is very willing to offer a helping hand to someone who may be struggling with a problem. There is always a please and thank you paired up with her requests. She has a wonderful sense of right and wrong, and will stand up for those rights! All of these characteristics make Cami a perfect candidate and we are proud to call her a Cardinal!


Dell Rapids St Mary High School – Addy Gilbert (8th):  Addy is the daughter of Brian and Ann Gilbert. Addy has two younger siblings—Camden (6th) and Natalie (2nd)—who both attend St. Mary as well. Addy and her family are new to St. Mary this year but are already making a tremendous impact on St. Mary staff and students.

Addy was nominated for her kindness to others and her dedication to her studies. One teacher noted, “Addy is always very polite and respectful to staff and students alike. She always has a smile on her face and helps lift others up.” On top of her positive attitude, Addy is an exceptional, Straight-A student. A teacher commented, “Addy is a good listener and always shows a willingness to help others. You can tell she really wants to learn and do well in the classroom.” We are so blessed to have Addy and her family at our school, and are very thankful they chose St. Mary. Congratulations on being selected as the November 7-12 Cardinal of the Month, Addy!


October Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Jacob G.
  • Grades 7-12:  Thomas E.

September Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Aubrey G.
  • Grades 7-12:  Maya H.