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!

April Cardinals of the Month

Dell Rapids St Mary Elementary School – Madison Reiff (5th):  Madison is the daughter of Jason and Heather Reiff and is in the 5th grade at St. Mary School. Her brother, Noah is in the 8th grade also at St. Mary.

Persistence, patience, and positive attitude are only three ways to describe this deserving student. You can always see a smile on her face no matter the difficult concept being presented or studied. I know these characteristics will continue to make this student successful in school and definitely in her life. Madison Reiff is one special student who adds great qualities and character to the fifth grade class of St. Mary School. We are proud to call her a Cardinal!  Congratulations Madison!


Dell Rapids St Mary High School – Cassy Geraets (12th):  Cassy is a senior and is the oldest of seven children to Jeff and Amanda Geraets. Jeff is a St. Mary alumni and Amanda is the 7-12 Math teacher. Cassy’s siblings are Weston (Sophomore), Wyatt (6th Grade), Stephanie (4th Grade), Bronc (KG), Kinzleigh, and Gabriella.

Cassy was nominated for multiple reasons, including her involvement in St. Mary and her interaction with others. One nominating teacher explained, “Cassy is one of the most involved students I have ever seen. I really admire her willingness to do everything she can to help out St. Mary athletic teams and organizations.” Another nominating teacher noticed how well Cassy does with all students in grades PK-12. The teacher explained, “The way I see her interacting with the younger students through Girls on the Run and the encouragement that she gives them is just awesome to see!” Cassy’s involvement throughout the school and her interactions with all kids of all ages is a big part of what makes her and St. Mary special. That makes her an excellent choice as the St. Mary 7-12 Cardinal of the Month for the month of April. Congratulations Cassy!


March Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Natalie G.
  • Grades 7-12:  Cassandra M.

February Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Sierra K.
  • Grades 7-12:  Emma N.

January Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Elizabeth V.
  • Grades 7-12:  Nick W.

December Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Reagan G.
  • Grades 7-12:  Jacob S.

November Winners

  • Grades K-6:  Cami W.
  • Grades 7-12:  Addy G.

October Winners

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

September Winners

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