Schumaker, Dells Grad, Only SD Student to Make List

Schumaker, from Mt Marty MBB bio

Schumaker, from Mt Marty MBB bio

Zane Schumaker, a Dell Rapids graduate and junior at Mount Marty, was one of 177 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II men’s basketball student-athletes named to the 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes list for the 2017-2018 season.

Schumaker was one of two students from Mount Marty named to the list and the only student from South Dakota to make the list.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Schumaker led the Lancers in assists and steals during this past season.

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Dell Rapids Students Win Awards


NewDRLogoSeveral Dell Rapids High School students received awards or accolades during the first half of the month of March.

Amanda Tomes and Bergan Weiland both were recognized by NCWIT.  Tomes won an NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for the North and South Dakota Region.  Weiland was an honorable mention for the same award.

Samantha Verver recently placed third in the Paul Witherington Prose Contest at South Dakota State University for her short story entry, “Phoenix & Grace”.

Evan Schmidt is a finalist in the South Dakota Student Journalist of the Year competition.  The South Dakota High School Activities Association will announce the specific awards at a convention on March 28th.

Casey Machmiller placed 1oth and Kyle Steineke placed 16th in the FFA Ag Mechanics Career Development Event recently held in Watertown.  The Ag Machanics team finished fourth with the other two members being Kenyon Shellum and Riley Anderson.


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Quiz Bowl and Vocal Ensembles Shine for Dell Rapids

NewDRLogoMembers of the Dell Rapids High School choir participated in a solo and ensemble contest held at Augustana University on Monday, March 12th.  Ten students made the trip to Sioux Falls, and those ten students performed in eight events.

The quartet of Kat Fletcher, Abby Stauffenecker, Jay Holm, and Mitchell Heinemann earned an excellent rating.  Alec Saxon and Heinemann earned a superior rating for their duet.  More impressive is the fact that Saxon was working on the duet with another student prior to the contest, but that student caught the flu and couldn’t perform.  Heinemann sight-sang the piece with Saxon.  Fletcher and Mercedes Lodmell earned a superior for their duet.  Chloe Fischer and Anna Symens earned an excellent rating for their duet.  Stauffenecker and Allison Hegg earned a superior in duet.  Lodmell earned a superior for her solo.  Peyton Gleason also earned a superior for his solo.  Stauffenecker earned an excellent on her solo performance.

The Dell Rapids Quiz Bowl Team One earned a second place finish at the Dak XII Conference quiz bowl meet on Monday, March 12th.  The team scored a total of 96 points in the competition.  Canton won the event with 119 points.  West Central placed third with 90 points.

Members of the quiz bowl team are Joey Abbott, Amy Meyer, Dylan Yetter, Matt Benda, Tayte Gleason, and Cooper Emery.

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2018 Dell Rapids Post Prom Letter

NewDRLogoThe greatest percentage of teen deaths in the state of South Dakota is due to accidents on prom and graduation nights. For this reason, the Dell Rapids High School Post Prom Committee is dedicated to creating a safe, fun, and drug- and alcohol-free event after prom.

The Dell Rapids High School Prom will be April 28, 2018. We are planning the after prom event for the early morning hours of April 29 at the school, and we would greatly appreciate any monetary contributions to sponsor this worthwhile activity.

Contributions may be sent to Tracie Price, 47181 244th Street, Dell Rapids, SD. All donations go directly to support the youth that attend the post prom event.

Registration for Post Prom will begin in March 2018. All information regarding the Post Prom schedule, as well as the registration forms, can be found on the school website after March 1.

We anticipate that this year’s post prom party will be filled with lots of food, entertainment, prizes, and fun. The committee would welcome the help of any junior and senior parents as we continue to plan the event. Please let any committee member know if you would like to join us! Thank you!

  • Nikie LaFortune & Amy Holm, Chairs
  • Tracie Price, Treasurer
  • Donna Reit, Secretary
  • The Post Prom Committee includes many other supporting Junior & Senior Parents.
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First National Bank Donates to Dell Rapids Schools

FirstNationaltoDellRapids_2018First National Bank in Dell Rapids has one again made a donation to both Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary schools in 2017 as part of their innovative Community Card program, which was created to help the bank and their customers give back to the community.

First National Bank presented a check to Dell Rapids school for $3,736.  Since the program started in 2012, First National Bank has donated a total of $12,760 to Dell Rapids school. FirstNationalDRSM_2018

Dell Rapids St Mary school also received a 2017 donation from First National Bank.  St Mary received a check for $1,392.  First National Bank has been able to donate $6,070 to the St Mary school since the program started.


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Lealand Randel Signs with DSU


Photo courtesy of Lealand Randel

Another Dell Rapids senior has signed a letter of intent to play collegiate sports next year.   Dell Rapids senior Lealand Randel signed a letter of intent to play baseball with the Dakota State University Trojans.  The right-handed pitcher has played for the Dell Rapids High School club baseball team and the Dell Rapids legion team.

Lealand will join his brother Trey at Dakota State who is currently a pitcher for the Trojans.


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November 30th, 2017 Declared “LuAnn Heidebrink Day” in Dell Rapids

After 38 years in education at Dell Rapids, LuAnn Heidebrink retired on Thursday, November 30th, 2017.  Because of her dedication to Dell Rapids and education, Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley declared it “LuAnne Heidebrink Day” in Dell Rapids Thursday in honor of her.  The declaration came during a ceremony held in the commons area at Dell Rapids Middle School.  Heidebrink has been serving as the Dell Rapids District Office Secretary.

“LuAnn has been the rock for our district.  I truly believe her unwavering care and compassion for staff and students has shaped a culture of kindness throughout Dell Rapids. There isn’t a person who has worked or attended Dell Rapids Public Schools that hasn’t been positively impacted by something LuAnn did.  She will be missed in so many ways, although someone so special will stay in our hearts forever,” said Dell Rapids Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz.

Heidebrink will continue to work as a substitute secretary and provide office help to the district office on a part-time basis.


Photo courtesy of Stacey Gleason




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Dell Rapids School Vandalized

DellRapidsHighSchoolDuring the Dell Rapids City Council regular meeting on Monday, November 20th, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Deputy Kellen Weidner gave a report of vandalism of the Dell Rapids High School.  Officer Weidner reported the vandalism took place during the night of Sunday, November 19th. Nazi graffiti was spray-painted on the side of the building.

“We are aware of it.  It’s something that is happening throughout the county, mostly in Sioux Falls,” Weidner said.  “If there’s any businesses or anything that happen to get any of that graffiti, make sure to contact us immediately.  That way we can keep going on that case.  All of the deputies are aware of it.”

Weidner also reported that the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office deputies are doing their best to be out trying to see people who might be out after hours.

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7th/8th Grade Soccer Season a Success

By:  Coach Mike Ebbing

Last month we concluded our strongest soccer season yet for the 7th & 8th grade girls. This team is made up of girls from Garretson and Dell Rapids. It was great to see the girls gel and become one team. During the season many of the players were able to attend a Minnesota United (pro soccer) game in the Twin Cities, which was a lot of fun as well.

In speaking with our high school coach before the season began we changed our formation and adopted the same type of formation for this group. This gave the girls the chance to learn and develop this new system. It proved to be a very strong approach as the team went 8 – 0 on the season and captured first place in the Sioux Falls league!!! We had two close games beating the Brandon team 2 – 1 in a thriller and a 3 -1 win over West Central. It all starts with good goal keepers and we have two that were stout. We also had a very good back line of defense that would start the attack for us as we moved the ball up to our midfielders and strikers. Great job ladies!

With the sanction between Garretson and Dell Rapids for soccer, this is showing GREAT things to come this fall! If you have or know of a girls between the grades of 7th grade and Senior in high school that would like to play soccer, please call Steph Bittner (605) 212-5946.

Front row left to right:   Leigha Lacey, Tori Lodmell, Madison Ljunggren, Miriam Pickard, Olivia Mullin, Madison Decker, Jenna VanHolland, Morgan Damman, Payton Campbell

Back row left to right:  Kayla Genzlinger, Allison Ebbing, Madeline Reisch, Kylie Bittner, Logan Bly, Raegan Altman, Makayla Duinkerken, Mackenzie Garry, Coach Mike Ebbing

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Dell Rapids Connections Sponsors Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Presentation

ConnectionsSuicidePreventionThe Dell Rapids Connections group continued work started by a Dell Rapids student early this year.  The group sponsored a mental health and suicide prevention presentation on Monday, November 20th.  The presentation included two speakers.  Angela Drake from Tea and Tod Lacey from Dell Rapids both spoke during the “Talk Saves Lives” presentation.  Both speakers are parents who have lost a child to suicide.

The presentation was held for students and parents throughout the day.  Students saw the presentation in the afternoon during their school day.  Parents were invited to a supper meal provided by the Dell Rapids Connections group and heard the presentation Monday evening at the Dell Rapids Middle School commons area.

The Dell Rapids Connections group sponsored the event in an effort to continue the work started by Sydney LaCoursiere.  LaCoursiere put together an event in October during the Dell Rapids vs Flandreau football game.  A total of 112 luminary bags were placed around the football field and fans attending the game were given a flier that talked about mental heath issues.  Her desire to get awareness out to the public is due the number of suicides the Dell Rapids community has faced over the last 10 years.

Parents can find more information and resources at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.

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