May was a landmark month for us. Jacob Boltz and Lydi Whirlwind Soldier graduated! Both started as third graders at Sapa Un Catholic Academy when it begin five years ago. The May 16th ceremony included songs, tying eagle feathers, and speeches including the commencement address by Rodney Bordaux, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Both graduates are well-prepared for high school. I am proud of our first two graduates who have helped create a sense of community at SUCA and have become young leaders ready to make an impact on the world. I am grateful to our dedicated faculty and staff along with their families and friends who supported them throughout this journey. And, of course, none of this would be possible without your generous help. Wopila tanka! A big thank you!
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Jacob has already scored on the high school level in both reading and math. During his time at SUCA he participated in robotics and won first place for his science fair project where he research, built, and tested a laser. He played soccer and golf, ran track, and showed a real knack for chess. He participated in the state scholastic chess tournament and helped mentor two younger students who also competed. He was the youngest competitor at the Lakota Nation Invitational chess competition and finished 7th out of over 50. Jacob will be attending Todd County High School.
Lydia scored above a high school level in math and reading, won the "best in show" for her science fair project on jet propulsion. She was one of only 50 students in the US chosen to be a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar, an award that includes a scholarship to attend high school anywhere in the country as well as to take advantage of summer programs. Last summer she attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire where she studies computer programming and robotics. She was accepted by four independent high schools around the country and chose to attend Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland.
Another milestone for SFM was celebrating Geraldine Provencial. After 4 years of hard work, Geraldine received her Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from South Dakota State University. Geraldine, who directs our recovery programs and suicide hotline, took advantage of the fund we have for our staff to pursue further education. She achieved this while also directing our recovery programs and suicide hotline. We're so proud of her accomplishments.
A special congratulations to the 22 children who made their First Holy Communion at St. Charles and St. Bridget churches.
We couldn't celebrate without your help. Summer is a slow time for donations and we are working hard to have a strong end to our fiscal year (June 30) and be in good financial standing for the year ahead. Would you please consider helping us out with an extra gift or amount?