Local Vocalists to Participate in the 2018 South Dakota All-State Chorus & Orchestra

Over 1,000 of South Dakota’s best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Rapid City for the 66th Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, October 26 & 27.  The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. (MT) on Saturday evening, October 27th. Concert tickets can be purchased at www.gotmine.com, or at the box office in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  The doors of the Civic Center will open for the Concert at 5:30 on Saturday evening.

Four students from Dell Rapids St Mary and eight from Dell Rapids will be among those that will be performing.  Courtney Geraets, a 4-year All-State Choir Award recipient, Paige Bunkers, Jon Bares, and Noah Dennis will be representing Dell Rapids St Mary.  Kat Fletcher, Amy Meyer, Mercedes Lodmell, Abby Stauffenecker, Alex Saxon, Andrew Weiland, Peyton Gleason, and Thomas Petrik will be representing Dell Rapids.

The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2018 All-State Chorus includes 928 singers representing 145 South Dakota high schools.  The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 156 musicians from 22 schools.

The guest conductors for the 2018 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert are Dr. Phillip Swan from Wisconsin, and Dr. Anthony Elliott from Michigan.  Dr. Swan will conduct the All-State Chorus while Dr. Elliott will lead the 2018 All-State Orchestra.

During the All-State Grand Concert, the South Dakota Music Educators Association will recognize several high schools and individuals for their contributions to music in South Dakota. The SDHSAA will also recognize one of its 2018-19 Distinguished Service Award winners.

Additional information which might assist with other news or feature stories about the All-State Chorus & Orchestra are available at the South Dakota High School Activities Association website (www.sdhsaa.com).   Once on the SDHSAA home page, please go to “Fine Arts”, then “Music”, then “All-State Chorus and Orchestra, and the following information can be found at this site:

1.   Guest Conductor Biographical Information about this year’s All-State conductors

2.   All-State Chorus & Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule – this is the schedule that will be followed during the two days of All-State rehearsal and concert performance

4.   All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert Ticket Information

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Media Contact: Brooks Bowman, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director (605-224-9261)

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St Mary Student Council Recognized as “Outstanding” by SDHSAA

DRSM LogoThe South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) announced today that 38 South Dakota high school student councils have been recognized as being “Outstanding Student Councils” for the 2017-18 school year. This is the 28th year this statewide program has been sponsored by the SDHSAA to recognize those South Dakota high school student councils that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of excellence that are necessary to achieve the “Outstanding Student Council” designation. Student councils that achieve this recognition can best be described as being very active within their school and community throughout the school year. Outstanding Councils excel in having a well-rounded program of activities and projects which benefit both their school and their community throughout the school year.

The “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” program requires each participating student council to complete a self-evaluation of their organizational structure and their successful completion of projects in a variety of areas. The evaluation also considers the involvement of the student council in their school and community. The High School Activities Association recognizes the student councils that have met the stringent standards and criteria demanded by this program. The 38 student councils that have been recognized this year are well organized, highly motivated and have met the rigorous standards necessary to be declared outstanding. The self-evaluation focuses on the structure of the student council as well as the positive involvement of the student council in the activities of their school and community.

To be recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council”, each council was involved in projects in the areas such as “Community and School Service”, “Health, Safety or Chemical Awareness”, “Education”, and “Leadership”. Completion of projects in a wide range of areas was necessary to fulfill a variety of goals for the student council. Each school receiving the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” award has demonstrated a desire for self-improvement and individual growth by participating in leadership workshops and conventions, as well as other educational programs.

The 2017-18 “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” Award recipients are:

  • Aberdeen Central High School
  • Bennett County High School
  • Dakota Valley High School
  • Dell Rapids St. Mary High School
  • Douglas High School
  • Edgemont High School
  • Ethan High School
  • Harding County High School
  • Harrisburg High School
  • Henry High School
  • Herreid High School
  • Huron High School
  • Irene – Wakonda High School
  • Lead – Deadwood High School
  • Lemmon High School
  • Lennox High School
  • Lyman High School
  • McCook Central High School
  • Milbank High School
  • Mitchell High School
  • Philip High School
  • Pierre T.F. Riggs High School
  • Rapid City Stevens High School
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School
  • Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School
  • St. Francis Indian School
  • Sully Buttes High School
  • Summit High School
  • Timber Lake High School
  • Vermillion High School
  • Wall High School
  • Watertown High School
  • Waverly-South Shore High School
  • Winner High School
  • Yankton High School
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Dell Rapids Performs at One-Act Play Festival

sdhsaaLogoDell Rapids performed their one-act play “That’s Not How I Remember It” during the 61st Annual State High School One-Act Play Festival.  Dell Rapids performed on the first day of the festival on Thursday, February 2nd.  The festival ran from Thursday, February 2nd, through Saturday, February 4th, at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen.  Twelve other Class “A” schools performed during the festival.

Eight of the plays received Superior Play awards.  Three were awarded Superior Ensembles.  Dell Rapids had five performers earn Superior Performers awards.  They were Morgan Nemmers, Carter Wynja, Ella Lueders, Isabella Tesnow, and Jay Holm.

A total of 44 plays from Class B, Class A and Class AA performed at the festival.  Class A and Class B schools had to compete at the Region level to qualify for the state festival.

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Dell Rapids St Mary Recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council”

2016DRSMStudentCouncilThe South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) recently announced that 30 South Dakota high school student councils have been recognized as being “Outstanding Student Councils” for the 2015-16 school year.  This is the 26th year that this statewide program has been sponsored by the SDHSAA to recognize those South Dakota high school student council’s that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of excellence that are necessary to achieve the “Outstanding Student Council” designation.  “Outstanding Councils” excel in having a well-rounded program of activities and projects for the year.  The work completed by these “Outstanding Student Councils” has been a benefit to both their school and their community throughout the school year.

The major focus of the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” program consists of each participating student council completing a self-evaluation of their organizational structure and their successful completion of projects in a variety of areas.  The evaluation also considers the involvement of the student council in their school and community. It is the intention of the High School Activities Association to recognize those student councils that meet the stringent standards and criteria demanded by this program.  The thirty student councils that have been recognized with this year’s ‘Outstanding’ designation are each well organized and highly motivated.  These student councils have met the rigorous standards necessary to be called ‘Outstanding’. The self-evaluation focuses upon the structure of the student council as well as the positive involvement of the student council in the activities of their school and community.

To be recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council” every council was involved in various projects in the areas of “Community and School Service”, “Health, Safety or Chemical Awareness”, “Education”, “Leadership” and others. Completion of projects in a wide range of areas was necessary to fulfill a variety of goals for the student council. Each school receiving the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” award has demonstrated a desire for self-improvement and individual growth by participating in leadership workshops and conventions as well as other educational programs.

Some of the projects the Dell Rapids St Mary Student Council has completed this year include:
~ planning and organizing all Homecoming activities, along with Olympic Games & a Powder Puff Football game
~ sponsoring dress up days for Red Ribbon Week
~ hosting two dances during the year
~ organizing Secret Santa during Christmas
~ organized an Elf for a Day contest to raise money for Christmas for our Kids
~ host a Pajamarama for the elementary students during Catholic Schools Week
~ sponsor a week long food drive during Catholic Schools Week for the local food pantry
~ have Brownie Sundae fundraisers to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network
~ run a lunch stand and had a hoop shoot contest during basketball games to raise money for a new water fountain for our school
~ provided free babysitting & worked in the concession stands during our SFO fall craft fair
~ sponsor activities for Alcohol Awareness during Prom Week
~ provide gifts to our teachers during teacher appreciation week

The 2015-16 “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” Award recipients are:

  • Aberdeen Central High School, Advisor – Kevin Rook
  • Bennett County High School, Advisor – Mandi Smokov
  • Bowdle High School, Advisor – Jason Bishop
  • Canton High School, Advisor – Nicole Nelson
  • Dakota Valley High School, Advisor – James Schmit/Kim Bacon
  • Dell Rapids St Mary High School, Advisor – Cami Bacon
  • Edgemont High School, Advisor – Scott Corbett
  • Estelline High School, Advisor – Julie Rieckman
  • Faith High School, Advisor – Deanna Fischbach
  • Henry High School, Advisor – Philip Schonebaum
  • Herreid High School, Advisor – Janelle Rossow
  • Huron High School, Advisor – Becca Briggs
  • Lead-Deadwood High School, Advisor – Gary Linn
  • Lemmon High School, Advisor – Linda O’Donnell
  • Lennox High School, Advisor – Madeline Kroger
  • Lyman High School, Advisor – Carol Birgen
  • McCook Central High School, Advisor – Tracy Chase
  • Milbank High School, Advisor – Kathy Sussex & Nancy Paulson
  • Mitchell High School, Advisor – Nancy Leach
  • Philip High School, Advisor – Pamela DeJong
  • Pierre T.F. Riggs High School, Advisor – Brittany Green & Bob Gill
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, Advisor – Jennifer DuBois
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School, Advisor – Michele Jensen & Kari Bultje
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School, Advisor – Sandy Hoff & Kristy VanMeerteren
  • Sully Buttes High School, Advisor – Wanda Meyer
  • Summit High School, Advisor – Nicole Hoffman
  • Vermillion High School, Advisor – Paige Chapman
  • Wall High School, Advisor – Ronda Wilson
  • Winner High School, Advisor – Mono LaCompte & Lorna Phillips
  • Yankton High School, Advisor – Becky Tasa
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St Mary Student Council Recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council” by SDHSAA

St Mary Student Council 1The South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) announced today that 25 South Dakota high school student councils have been recognized as being “Outstanding Student Councils” for the 2014-15 school year. This is the 25th year this statewide program has been sponsored by the SDHSAA to recognize those South Dakota high school student councils that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of excellence that are necessary to achieve the “Outstanding Student Council” designation. Student councils that achieve this recognition can best be described as being very active within their school and community throughout the school year. Outstanding Councils excel in having a well-rounded program of activities and projects which benefit both their school and their community throughout the school year.

The “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” program requires each participating student council to complete a self-evaluation of their organizational structure and their successful completion of projects in a variety of areas. The evaluation also considers the involvement of the student council in their school and community. James Weaver, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director, stated “The High School Activities Association recognizes the student councils that have met the stringent standards and criteria demanded by this program. The 25 student councils that have been recognized this year are well organized, highly motivated and have met the rigorous standards necessary to be declared outstanding. The self-evaluation focuses on the structure of the student council as well as the positive involvement of the student council in the activities of their school and community.”

To be recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council”, each council was involved in projects in the areas such as “Community and School Service”, “Health, Safety or Chemical Awareness”, “Education”, and “Leadership”. Completion of projects in a wide range of areas was necessary to fulfill a variety of goals for the student council. Each school receiving the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” award has demonstrated a desire for self-improvement and individual growth by participating in leadership workshops and conventions, as well as other educational programs.

The 2014-15 “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” Award recipients are:

  • Aberdeen Central High School
    Advisor: Kevin Rook
  • Custer High School
    Advisor: Jean Diedtrich
  • Dakota Valley High School
    Advisor: James Schmit
  • Dell Rapids St. Mary High School
    Advisor: Joni Smith and Cami Bacon
  • Edgemont High School
    Advisor: Scott Corbett
  • Faith High School
    Advisor: Deanna Fischbach
  • Harrisburg High School
    Advisor: Michael Amolins
  • Huron High School
    Advisor: Becca Briggs
  • Irene-Wakonda High School
    Advisor: Landra Knodel
  • Lemmon High School
    Advisor: Linda O’Donnell
  • Lennox High School
    Advisor: Mary Stack
  • Lyman High School
    Advisor: Carol Birgen
  • McCook Central High School
    Advisor: Tracy Chase
  • Mitchell High School
    Advisor: Nancy Leach
  • Pierre T. F. Riggs High School
    Advisor: Brittany Green
  • Rapid City Central High School
    Advisor: Cassie Furchner
  • Rapid City Stevens High School
    Advisor: Courtney Pool
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School
    Advisor: Jennifer DuBois
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School
    Advisor: Michele Jensen
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School
    Advisors: Sandy Hoff & Kristy VanMeerteren
  • Sully Buttes High School
    Advisor: Wanda Meyer
  • Summit High School
    Advisor: Nichole Hoffman
  • Vermillion High School
    Advisor: Paige Chapman
  • Wall High School
    Advisor: Ronda Wilson
  • Yankton High School
    Advisor: Becky Tasa
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SDHSAA State Track Meet to Take Place Friday, Saturday

track_7214cnSDHSAA STATE TRACK MEET TO TAKE PLACE FRIDAY, SATURDAY

PIERRE – The 109th running of the SDHSAA State Track Meet will take place Friday and Saturday, May 30 & 31, with preliminary action taking place Friday in Madison (Class A) and Sioux Falls.

While Howard Wood Field will host Class ‘B’ preliminaries and all finals on Saturday, Sioux Falls O’Gorman’s McEneaney Field will host the Class ‘AA’ preliminaries for the first time in the history of the facility.

Each of six defending team champions will return, headlined by Sioux Falls Washington’s threetime defending State Champion squad. The Ipswich Tigers girls’ squad will be after their own three-peat at the Class ‘B’ level, while Aberdeen Central (AA Girls), St. Thomas More (A Girls), Custer (A Boys) and Herreid/Selby Area (B Boys) all have opportunities to capture a second straight title.

Overall, a total of 2,422 individual athletes from 163 South Dakota Schools will be participating in this weekend’s meet. A breakdown of athletes by class is as follows:

  • Class B: 420 Girls, 413 Boys – 833 Total Athletes
  • Class A: 400 Girls, 409 Boys – 809 Total Athletes
  • Class AA: 386 Girls, 394 Boys – 780 Total Athletes

Full tournament information, including meet entries, records, event video and up-to-the minute results can be found online via South Dakota Public Broadcasting (sports.sdpb.org) or through the SDHSAA Website (www.sdhsaa.com).

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Rapid City Hosting Two State Events this Weekend

sdhsaaLogoRapid City will be hosting two state events October 25-26.  Over 700 Student-Athletes will compete in the 68th Annual SDHSAA State Cross Country Meet to be held at Robbinsdale Park in Rapid City on Saturday afternoon, October 26th, beginning with the Class ‘B’ Girls’ race at 1:00 p.m. ct/12:00 p.m. mt.  The entire Dell Rapids St Mary boys and girls cross teams qualified for the state event.  Members of those teams include Anna Wolles, Cassy Geraets, Jackie Wolles, Mitch Roemen, Jared Scholten, Luke Brown, Matt Farmer, and Ethan Schmidt.  Lexi Snyder and Zane Schumaker will be representing the Dell Rapids Quarriers at the state event.

Rapid City Stevens High School is the site for the 7th annual state competition for cheer and dance. Competition for Class A will be held on Friday, October 25th, with opening ceremonies beginning at 6:00 p.m. ct/5:00 p.m. mt.  Class AA competition will begin at 12:00 p.m. ct/11:00 a.m. mt on Saturday, October 26th. Class A has 18 schools entered in the competitive cheer competition with 9 in the competitive dance competition. In Class AA, 17 schools will compete in competitive dance, with 16 set to compete in competitive cheer.  Dell Rapids St Mary will perform around 7:10 p.m. ct/6:10 p.m. mt and Dell Rapids public will perform around 8:51 p.m. ct/7:51 p.m. mt.  The event will be broadcast on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television channel 2 (SDPB2) as well as online at http://www.sdpb.org/live/

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Dell Rapids St Mary Recognized as an “Outstanding” High School Student Council by SDHSAA

The South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) announced that 31 South Dakota high school student councils have been recognized as being “Outstanding Student Councils” for the 2012-13 school year. This is the 23rd year this statewide program has been sponsored by the SDHSAA to recognize those South Dakota high school student councils that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of excellence that are necessary to achieve the “Outstanding Student Council” designation. Student councils that achieve this recognition can best be described as being very active within their school and community throughout the school year. Outstanding Councils excel in having a well-rounded program of activities and projects which benefit both their school and their community throughout the school year.

The “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” program requires each participating student council to complete a self-evaluation of their organizational structure and their successful completion of projects in a variety of areas. The evaluation also considers the involvement of the student council in their school and community. James Weaver, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director, stated “The High School Activities Association recognizes the student councils that have met the stringent standards and criteria demanded by this program. The 31 student councils that have been recognized this year, are well organized, highly motivated and have met the rigorous standards necessary to be declared outstanding. The self-evaluation focuses on the structure of the student council as well as the positive involvement of the student council in the activities of their school and community.”

To be recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council”, each council was involved in projects in the areas such as “Community and School Service”, “Health, Safety or Chemical Awareness”, “Education”, “Leadership”. Completion of projects in a wide range of areas was necessary to fulfill a variety of goals for the student council. Each school receiving the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” award has demonstrated a desire for self-improvement and individual growth by participating in leadership workshops and conventions, as well as other educational programs.

The 2012-13 “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” Award recipients are:

  • Aberdeen Central High School – Advisor: Kevin Rook
  • Custer High School – Advisor: Jean Diedtrich
  • Dell Rapids St. Mary High School – Advisor: Joni Smith
  • Edgemont High School – Advisor: Scott Corbett
  • Estelline High School – Advisor: Julie Rieckman
  • Faith High School – Advisor: Deanna Fischbach
  • Harding County High School – Advisor: Laura Johnson
  • Harrisburg High School – Advisor: Michael Amolins
  • Herreid High School – Advisor: Janelle Rossow
  • Huron High School – Advisor: Angie Klein
  • Irene-Wakonda High School – Advisor: Landra Knodel
  • Lead-Deadwood High School – Advisor: Gary Linn
  • Lemmon High School – Advisor: Linda O’Donnell
  • Lennox High School – Advisor: Mary Stack
  • Lyman High School – Advisor: Tom Authier
  • McCook Central High School – Advisor: Tracy Chase
  • Mitchell High School – Advisor: Nancy Leach
  • Philip High School – Advisor: Pam DeJong
  • Pierre T. F. Riggs High School – Advisor: Cally Swanson
  • Rapid City Central High School – Advisor: Cassie Furchner
  • Rapid City Stevens High School – Advisor: Courtney Pool
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School – Advisor: Jennifer DuBois
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School – Advisor: Michele Jensen
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School – Advisors: Sandy Hoff & Kristy VanMeerteren
  • Sturgis Brown High School – Advisor: Judith Javersak
  • Sully Buttes High School – Advisor: Wanda Meyer
  • Vermillion High School – Advisor: Beth Knedler
  • Wall High School – Advisor: Ronda Wilson
  • Wessington Springs – Advisor: Sandra Jones
  • Winner High School – Advisor: Mona LaCompte & Lorna Phillips
  • Yankton High School – Advisor: Becky Tasa

 

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