Oral Interp Performers Qualify for State

OralInterpTwo oral interp participants have earned themselves a chance to perform at the 2018 State Oral Interp Festival.  Brooke-Lynn Hawthorne of Dell Rapids and Aubry Hansen from Dell Rapids St Mary both qualified from their respective regions.

Hawthorne qualified for her storytelling piece that was performed at the Class A Region III meet on Monday, November 12th at Brookings.  Dell Rapids also had a few students earn alternate spots.  They include Tim Jaycox in humor, Ella Lueders in serious, Jaycox and Emily Dorn in duet acting, and the reader’s theater team of Kat Fletcher, Peyton Gleason, Jaycox, Lueders, and Krystal Stange.

Hansen advanced to the regions in the serious reading category after her district performance on Wednesday, November 7th in Madison.  Hansen’s performance at the regional meet on Tuesday, November 13th in Sioux Falls earned her a trip to the state competition.  Thomas Eining advanced through the district meet to the regions, but fell just short of qualifying for state.

The 2018 South Dakota State Oral Interp Festival will be held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the Lake Area Technical Institue and Watertown High School.  Hawthorne’s storytelling category will start at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Lake Area Technical Institute.  Hansen’s serious reading category will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Watertown High School.

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New Chef Cooks Lunch for Students in Dell Rapids

LunchtimeSolutionsChefDemoDELL RAPIDS, SD — Sabrina Slater, the new demonstration chef at Lunchtime Solutions, Inc., was in the lunchroom to cook and serve beef and broccoli stir fry on Tuesday, September 25th.  Chef Sabrina created this savory dish right in front of the students and served it up hot and fresh.

Preparing fresh entrees for students through chef demonstrations in the lunchroom is a regular part of Lunchtime Solutions’ food service program.  Lunchtime Solutions has operated Dell Rapids food service for the past 16 years.

Chef Sabrina has nearly 15 years of experience in food service, spending three years as a cook at the famous Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas before joining the Lunchtime Solutions team. She is excited to bring her expertise into our schools to provide more healthy, fresh-made lunch choices for students and staff.  Our chef-prepared entrees give them an opportunity to try foods that they may have not tried before and expose them to flavors and tastes not normally a part of school food service.

“Our program centers on getting kids excited about eating lunch at school,” said Jennifer Hopf, Area Director for Lunchtime Solutions. “We think it’s important to provide a wide variety of menu options and make sure students have unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables every day.”

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Dell Rapids Athlete Plays on AAU Championship Team

A Dell Rapids athlete was part of the South Dakota North Stars 10th grade girls AAU basketball team.  Aspen Hansen played on the team that recently won the AAU North Tartan Meltdown tournament in Hopkins and Bloomington, MN.  They finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament, and the event was an NCAA Division I recruited event.

This team also played in the Minnesota Showcase (Mankato), the South Dakota Showcase (Sioux Falls), and the Mill City tournament (Chaska and Chanhassen, MN) over the summer.  The team finished with an overall record of 16-4 in all the events.

The team was coached by former South Dakota State University player Macie Mickelson and was based out of Brookings, SD.


Back Row: Kadye Fernholz (Miller), Aspen Hansen (Dell Rapids), Mady Wuebben (Yankton), Anna Campbell (Lead-Deadwood), Coach Macie Michelson

Front Row: Britney Lovre (Deuel), Hayvn Heinz (Huron), Jacy Pulse (McCook Central-Montrose), Logan Keszler (Hamlin)

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Dell Rapids High School Eligibility Policy Changes

DellRapidsHighSchoolStudent athletes at Dell Rapids High School will be met with a new eligibility policy starting this fall for the upcoming school year. The new policy was explained by Dell Rapids High School Principal Drew Bunkers during the Dell Rapids School Board regular meeting on Monday, July 9th.

Prior to this change, Dell Rapids followed the eligibility guidelines of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  Those guidelines state that the student athlete needs to pass two credits the semester prior to the current sport season to be eligible.

“We looked at a situation if you played just volleyball or just football, you could realistically get to the end of your senior year with six credits and never miss a game. You would be not even close to any where near graduating, and you would have played every football game or every volleyball game as long as you passed two credits in the spring. You could flunk every thing in the fall, it wouldn’t matter, you’d play every game. You’d be ineligible for the spring, which you don’t participate in anything.  You’d pass (in the spring), it resets, you play,” said Bunkers.

The new policy that was proposed by Bunkers and approved by the school board is as follows:

  • Grade/Eligibility for activities will be determined at the midterm and end of each quarter/semester. In order to be eligible, a student must pass all of his/her academic courses. Should a student become ineligible at midterm by receiving a failing grade in one or more courses, he/she won’t be allowed to participate in activities for a period of one week or one contest, whichever is greater, effective the Monday after midterm grades have been submitted. If he/she is still receiving a failing grade after one week, he/she will become ineligible for an additional week or contest. Ineligibility will continue until a student can maintain a passing grade in all courses. Students can regain eligibility by showing evidence of a passing grade to the principal or activities director. Students will then become eligible the following Monday after proof of passing all courses. The minimum requirement for ineligibility is one full week or one contest. If a student receives a failing grade in a course(s) for a quarter or semester, he/she will become ineligible for two weeks or two contests, whichever is greater. All SDHSAA requirements and policies must also be met. Students will still be allowed to practice during a period of ineligibility.

During the school board meeting a question was raised about the possibility of students who might be in school just for the sports and what will those students be told.

Bunkers answered, “You’re number one job here is to get an education. That’s what we’re charged with is educating you. If you want to play sports and that is your main motivator, we need to do it in the classroom for you to play the sports. It’s completely up to that student if they are eligible or not. If they put in the work in the classroom, they will remain eligible, and they’ll get to play their sports.”

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Volunteers Needed for Mentor Program

LSS_LogoLutheran Social Services of South Dakota works in partnership with the Dell Rapids School District to bring volunteer mentors to the elementary, middle and high school. Mentors visit with students for one lunch period each week and together read, play board games or just talk. Mentoring can lead to higher self-esteem, improved academics and fewer absences. Above all, it is a fun and rewarding opportunity for adults to make a difference in the life of a child!

The beginning of the school year will be here soon and there are 15 students in Dell Rapids waiting for a mentor. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and willing and able to spend one hour per week volunteering during the school day. To get started, potential volunteers need to complete an application and pass all background screens. All new volunteers are required to attend training before starting.

For more information or to apply, contact LSS at 605-444-7803 or visit Mentoring.LssSD.org.

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Dell Rapids Grad Helps Design New Corn Palace Murals

2019CornPalace_1A Dell Rapids graduate had a significant role in the new Corn Palace mural designs.  Chloe Solberg, a sophomore at Dakota Wesleyan University, was part of a team from DWU’s Digital Media and Design department that helped design nine different murals for the Corn Palace in Mitchell.  The new murals will be made out of corn and grain and will be installed this summer and fall.  The designs were announced about a month ago.

Solberg, a Graphic Design major, just completed her freshman year at Dakota Wesleyan this past spring.  During her freshman year, she did work study for Digital Media and Design Professor Kyle Herges.  During her work study, she created sports posters, homecoming t-shirt designs, and club organization posters.

“I really loved being a part of the work study because he (Herges) put me right into Graphic Design projects that really exposed me to experiences I needed as a freshman to set myself apart from my peers,” said Solberg.

The other big project that Professor Herges assigned to Solberg was working on the Corn Palace murals.  Solberg helped create three of the designs on the computer, Mt Rushmore, Iwo Jima, and Saluting Half-staff with the Sunset.  Along with digitally working on those designs, Solberg also helped to other students, Isabelle Barraza and Liam LaFrance, by applying the big 10-foot by 30-foot designs on the mural paper.

“I helped grid out the designs and draw out some of the designs.  IT was quite a big project, and it took a few months, but in the end when we were all done, we were so satisfied with our outcome.  I hope our designs can hit home with our veterans, because we were very honored to take on this project to represent our country and veterans.  I cannot wait to see them up outside the Corn Palace, and I hope the Dell Rapids community can take a drive to Mitchell to see my designs!” Solberg said.

Solberg was also involved in other campus activities.  She’s involved as a Student Ambassador and campus ministries such as Monday Night Freshmen Ministry, Thursday Campus Chapel, and Worship Under the Stars.2019CornPalace_1

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Dell Rapids School Board Approves Free Meals

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board approved free meals for the final days of school during their regular meeting on Monday, May 14th.  The free meals on May 18th through May 23rd will be the reimbursable student breakfast meals and reimbursable student lunch meals.  A la carte items and seconds will still be charged at the usual price.  Students must have money in their accounts or pay cash for those items.  Staff meals will also be charged.

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Heinemann Signs with DWU


Photo courtesy of Kris Heinemann

Another Dell Rapids High School senior will be continuing their education along with playing sports next year.  Josh Heinemann signed his letter of intent to participate on the Dakota Wesleyan University Tiger track and field team.  Heinemann was joined by DWU track and field coach Derik Fossum during his signing on Wednesday, May 16th at Dell Rapids High School.

Heinemann is in his final season for the Quarrier track team and was a part of the Quarrier football team this fall.

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Dell Rapids Post Prom Committee Says “Thank You!”

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids High School Post Prom Committee would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous donations which were used to provide a safe, fun night for students on April 29, 2018.

  • Mitch Adams Construction
  • Advanced Moving
  • Augustana University
  • Avera Health
  • Bagel Boy
  • Brian Benda
  • Big Sioux Media
  • Big Sioux Water
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Carol’s Country Cafe
  • Casey’s
  • Coca-Cola
  • County Fair
  • Mark Crisp
  • Dakota Bank
  • Dakota State University
  • Deli of Dell Rapids
  • Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Dell Rapids Lions Club
  • Dell Rapids Lumber Co.
  • Dells Auto
  • Dells Diesel
  • Dells Electric
  • Dells Plumbing Inc.
  • Dells Veterinary Services, P.C.
  • Eye-Site
  • First National Bank
  • First Premier
  • Golden West
  • Graham Floor Covering
  • Harrington Chiropractic
  • Heinemann Family Dentistry
  • Heinricy Construction
  • Interstate Collision & Glass
  • Douglas Jaycox
  • Koopman & Sons Gas Co. Inc.
  • Larson Farms
  • Larson Trucking LLC
  • LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse
  • Lewis Drug
  • Logan Luxury Theatres
  • Minnehaha Funeral Home
  • Monarch Steak House
  • Norby’s
  • Stacie Paul, Strands Salon
  • Penning Repair
  • Sanford Health
  • Scheels
  • Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union
  • Sioux Valley Energy
  • South Dakota State University
  • Stacie Stange, Thirty-One Consultant
  • Target
  • T&C Other Place
  • T&R Electric
  • University of South Dakota
  • Virg’s Service
  • Wal-Mart
  • Ron Weber, Realtor
  • Paul Zweifel LLC
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Abbott Awarded DSU Champion Scholarship


Joseph Abbott pictured with Bob Preloger, interim vice president of Institutional Advancement at DSU. Photo courtesy of DSU.

MADISON, S.D. – Joseph Abbott, a student at Dell Rapids High School, was recently awarded the DSU Champion Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to high achieving students based on ACT scores and high school GPA.

Abbott will be attending Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. in the fall, majoring in production animation.

In 2017, DSU awarded over $1,284,764 in academic, athletic and other scholarships.

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