The Prairie Leadership Society

The Prairie Leadership Society is a selective program for students who are dedicated to positively representing Prairie. The Society is comprised of 7th-12th grade students who are in academic good standing, active members of the student body, and exhibit enthusiasm for being a Prairie Hawk.  Election to the Society is based upon application, faculty recommendation, and a brief interview.   

Member responsibilities include assisting with Open House events, making connections with prospective students, and general support of the recruitment of students for The Prairie School.  This commitment involves 10 – 20 hours per school year, based on your availability. Service hours may be provided for some events.

Becoming a member of the Prairie Leadership Society allows you the opportunity to play a vital role in the Admission process.  You are joining a group of student leaders chosen to represent Prairie to prospective families. As an official representative of the school, you are showing your dedication to and support of The Prairie School Hawks.   

Meet Our Student-Leaders!

Ava C.

Grade 10

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

Something new I discovered about myself by becoming a prairie student is my athleticism. Before I came to Prairie I didn’t play sports at all, but once I came to Prairie I started enjoying sports more. They helped me discover something that is now a huge part of my life.

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

Everyone at Prairie is so helpful, teachers and students. Prairie has taught me to be open-minded and respect other people’s ideas.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is probably math. I’ve always found math interesting and fun. The math teachers at Prairie have played such a huge factor in my success with math.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership?

Prairie taught me to use my voice and to express any ideas or concerns I have. They create a healthy and welcoming environment that allows you to open up and be yourself.

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like watching Netflix, playing basketball/working out, and I like to read.

Addison L.

Grade 10

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

Being a Prairie student has helped me reach outside of my comfort zone more. The teachers push you to be your best self. For example, I never thought I would do the musical in middle school. I did it, and learned that I really enjoy things I never thought I would.

 What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others?

Prairie has taught me that when you are collaborating with others, it’s important to be an organized leader who is willing to help everyone.

 What is your favorite class and why?

This year my favorite class is Algebra 2 with Mr. Friedman. I enjoy the different ways we learn new material, and the games we play for review.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

Over the years that I have been a student here, my leadership skills have grown tremendously.  I have learned that in order to be an effective leader you have to speak up, share your ideas, and listen to others.

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, golf, and spending time with my family.

Caroline B.

Grade 10

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

I have discovered that I am a woman of many interests. Before coming to Prairie, I thought that I would only like to do specific things in life, but Prairie has given me the resources and opportunities to try new and exciting things such as being in a play while simultaneously competing in the science olympiad, which I never thought I would do.

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

Prairie has taught me that it is to not only your own benefit, but to the benefit of the final product to make sure that everyone’s voices and opinions are heard. Prairie has taught me that listening is just as important as speaking when it comes to working with others.

What is your favorite class and why? 

My favorite class is French. I have always loved to learn the language, ever since I was little, and I have been extremely lucky to have had so many different wonderful teachers throughout my time here. Each one has had something different to offer, whether it be grammatical skills, or the insight on cultural aspects of France and its language.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

Prairie has taught me that there are many ways to be a leader, but being an insightful leader is one of the most important qualities in leadership. When working with others who look to you as a leader, making sure that everyone is included, and understands what is going on, especially in a project setting is important. It is the job of a good leader to not only contribute, but to help others who need it. Prairie has also taught me that leadership goes beyond the classroom. One can be a leader when helping in your community such as through volunteer work, or organizing an event that benefits the people in your community. Even representing your school at an event such as the Concord d’Oral, or in a sports competition is a leadership role.

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I love to bake, be in musicals and theater performances, and play tennis in my free time.

Sanaih P.

Grade 10

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

Within the past 5 years of going to Prairie, I have discovered that I can truly accomplish anything I set my mind to and work hard at. It’s really hard not to have self-doubt during some things, but being at Prairie has really shown me that if I really enforce self-discipline and work hard at the things that are important to me, the outcome will be very successful.

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

Prairie has taught me how to really dive into a conversation with someone and really understand and listen to their opinions. Not only has Prairie taught me how to hold a conversation with others, but it has also taught me how to ask deep meaningful questions to really get to know the people around me.

What is your favorite class and why? 

My favorite class would have to be AP World History because of the many new challenges it presents me each day. It’s very draining at times but getting to know more about the world we live in and all the benefits this class will give me gives me an incentive to keep working hard and trying my best.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

Prairie has given me so many opportunities to grow within my leadership skills. From being in the Leadership Society to a representative for my class freshman year as well as being a part of the Xfinity group, I have grown and learned so much. Prairie has taught me and continues to teach me how to work collaboratively with my peers and teachers. As it has also taught me how to use my voice in effective ways that can get more people involved

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time? 

In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, hanging out with my close family and friends, and binging a good Netflix series

Mehul D.

Grade 12

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie School?

After graduating from middle school, I felt overwhelmed at the thought of high school. I worried about how fast-paced life would be and about fitting in with everyone. Luckily for me, I found Prairie.

Prairie is a small, very diverse family. Every face is familiar and every person is genuinely friendly. It’s easy to find people with the same interests as you, regardless of what they are. I didn’t need to fit in, but I rather found a group of people that fit like puzzle pieces with me and that I learn from, and am thankful for, everyday.

Prairie creates a nurturing environment for every student to strive in and I am appreciative to be part of this community. I think what Prairie has helped me discover most about myself is as simple as the ability to be confident in myself. I can take on whatever challenge I want and am allowed, and even encouraged, to do so by my peers as well as my teachers. I feel comfortable socializing and talking in class in an environment that’s focused on the betterment of the student and also just having fun.

Prairie teaches you to be confident in your abilities and helps you to grow not only into a good student but a good person. If you ever spot me leaving Prairie at the end of the day, you will be sure to find a big smile across my face.

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others?

To be motivated by the people around me. The overall supportiveness of the Prairie community allows for ideas to receive great support. Everyone brings out the best in each other; be that academics or even sports.

Students here have many opportunities we can take advantage of: Malone courses, AP courses or even special events recommended by our teachers (and more) and everyone is willing to take up a challenge.

The hard-working mindset present in all Prairie students just brings about a positive working environment for students to grow in and really pushes me to the best of my abilities. The teachers at Prairie are also great resources for extra help or even fun conversations, are very flexible regarding their time, and genuinely care about their students; so Prairie has also taught me to prioritize my schedule and to communicate with my teachers.

What’s your favorite class and why?

In all honesty, I like all my classes, but if I were to pick a class that I have the most fun in, it has to be Spanish 4. Whether it be many worksheets on a Spanish book or warm-ups before class or even brutally-butchered translations, we always manage to erupt into laughter in class.

We’ll often read books, do activities outside, and watch videos in Spanish together and I really enjoy it. My favorite part of class is how we all have Spanish names for each other that are only to be used in la clase de Español (Spanish class). Overall, Spanish 4 is a very upbeat and entertaining class and I look forward to it every week.

Nolan B.

Grade 11

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

Before Prairie, I hadn’t really found my sense of self, but it didn’t take long for me to find my friend group and develop as a person because of the Prairie community!

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

Prairie taught me that not everyone works the same way you might, so the best way to work as a team is to compromise and work to aid everyone’s strengths.

What is your favorite class and why? 

My favorite class at the moment is any class that is math-related because I like knowing whether the answer is correct or not. In other classes, answers can be read or thought out differently, allowing for many correct interpretations, but in math classes, the process is streamlined. I find it easier to solve and figure out problems when the answer is somewhere there to find, and everyone has to find the same one.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

Prairie taught me that there are many ways to be a leader. Someone’s leadership style may be completely different than your own but it works just as effectively.

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time? 

 In my free-time, I like to hangout and chat with friends, play or listen to music, or just relax!

Eric M.

Grade 12

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

Coming to Prairie near the end of middle school offered quite a transformation in academic rigor. And I liked it. There’s just something about getting that “A” when I knew how much time I had spent mastering a concept. Yet, I’ve come to learn it was never about the grades at Prairie. The primary goal of the teachers for the students is to get them passionate about something. Without Prairie, I would never have appreciated the real life appliance of math and science. Without Prairie, I wouldn’t be so excited for the next chapter of my life: college!

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

I can attribute all of my great friendships to a collaborative learning environment. For many, including myself, one of the hardest parts of joining a new school is fitting in socially. I was afraid of how hard I would have to try connect with others. Luckily for me, the in class work with others solved all my problems. I got to know one of my closest friends, Mehul, through a history assignment. All of my expectations about community were thrown out the window when I joined Prairie, and I can’t be happier.

What is your favorite class and why? 

It’s my senior year, and I’ve decided to take eight full-time classes at Prairie. Ranging from a Malone School Linear Algebra class to Mandarin with Mr. Yan, my schedule is pretty jam packed. While I’ve always appreciated the benefits of any course regardless if I wasn’t fully interested in its concepts, I can admit to being obsessed with AP Statistics. Not only is it essential to the field of finance to which I plan to study, its just a fun atmosphere; its a simple as that. Mr. Yehlen gives multiple ways to learn the rather challenging material present in this course. By giving video notes, and teaching to us in class through wild activities, I feel most prepared for test day. It’s fun to learn here.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

Leadership doesn’t just belong to a small ring of students. The abundance of clubs, arts, and sports of which Prairie has to offer allow different students from every grade to undertake a leadership role in which they are most comfortable.

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time? 

Whenever I’m not completing an AP Calculus problem or doing edits on my college essays, I chose to only do few things. I always like to Olympic weight lift with my competitors, Arjun and Devin, read historical books, or just play the stock market. How great it is to have some free time!

What is your favorite meme, GIF, or TikTok? 

Lilah B.

Grade 12

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

I discovered what learning style really worked the best for me, and how to communicate that with my teachers so I could have the best experience.

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

Because of the small class size I was bound to have to work with everyone in my class at some point, which at first seemed kind of scary because sometimes I wouldn’t get to work with my close friends. By collaborating with different people, it really helped build my social and teamwork skills to be able to work well with anyone and “new” people seemed a lot less scary.

What is your favorite class and why? 

I personally loved all of the science classes I took because it’s my favorite subject, but I’d say that either Biology or Anatomy and Physiology have been my favorites so far. Both of the teachers in these classes made a subject I love even more enjoyable and I genuinely looked forward to going to class.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

Prairie has taught me that leadership is one of the most important skills you can have moving forward in life, and not only teaching me that it’s important but giving me the skills to become a leader myself. It’s only the people who are willing to stand up and take charge who can really make a difference.

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I love reading books, working on the middle school/upper school plays and going out with my friends in my free time.

Krasina K.

Grade 12

What’s something new you’ve discovered about yourself at Prairie?

I have discovered the potential I have and more of what my future will hopefully look like as a physical therapist.

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others?

No matter who you are collaborating with, there will always be a mutual respect even if it’s someone you are not familiar with.

What is your favorite class and why?

Academically I loved Biology and Algebra since Biology helped me realize what I would like to do with my future and Algebra falls under math which has always been easy and interesting to me. Non-academic class is Hip Hop Dance since it’s one of the most easygoing and fun classes to take.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership?

That I like to help and guide people. It feels good seeing new people and helping them when they feel like they are alone in a new place. I was there once.

What are 3 things you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to hang out with my friends and family. I love to dance. And I love to paint.

Kiran S.

Grade 11

What’s something new you have discovered about yourself by being a student at Prairie?

Being at Prairie since I was in Early School, there are many things that I have learned about myself. One of the most important things is that asking questions during class is a big help. I am able to learn so much better when I ask questions and talk with my teachers about the material we are learning. 

What’s something Prairie has taught you about collaborating with others? 

Something that Prairie has taught me about working with others is that you always need to put in the same amount of work as the other people in your group. You can’t let someone else take the majority of the workload and you need to make sure to put 100% of your effort into it.

What is your favorite class and why? 

My favorite class at Prairie is Chinese class because it’s really interesting to learn about the language and differences between China and America. 

What has Prairie taught you about leadership? 

One thing that Prairie has taught me about leadership is that it can be in a lot of different forms. You don’t have to be president of a club to be a leader. You can be a leader in academics, sports teams, or in musicals. You can be a leader in all of those things, there’s not just one set way to be a leader. 

What are three things you enjoy doing in your free time? 

Some things that I enjoy doing in my free time are playing soccer, hanging out with friends and going shopping with my mom. 

Tell us something about Prairie that would surprise students who don’t already attend.

One thing that would surprise students who don’t already attend Prairie is that we have glassblowing available to 7th grade and above. You are able to sign up for a time during flex and make a glass epic even if you are not in an art class, and have never taken glassblowing before. Or you have the option to take glassblowing as a class during the school year.

What is your favorite meme, GIF, or TikTok? 

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Prairie Leadership Society Application

Applications are closed for the 2021-22 school year. Please check next spring for information regarding the application period for the 2022-23 school year.

The following items are necessary to complete the application process:

  • Applications are open to students currently in 6th – 11th grade.
  • Your completed application (this includes the teacher recommendation form turned in by the teacher) must be submitted by the deadline.
  • A brief interview (5-10 minutes) will be scheduled after you submit your application.

You will be notified via email  regarding acceptance into the Leadership Society program for the upcoming  school year.