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!

Krasina Kotzeva

Grade 11

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.

Mehul Dhar

Grade 11

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.

Rudy Byron

Grade 12

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

I have learned so much about myself as a Prairie student. One of the most important lessons I have learned is that consistency and hard work lead to success. I believe that it is important to work to the best of my abilities each day to become the best version of myself.

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

Every person learns differently. Everyone has their own unique way of processing information. In order to gain the trust and support from my peers, I listen to their ideas with an open mind and value their opinions. While collaborating with others I have gained so much insightful information and improved my ability to communicate and articulate my ideas.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class I have taken at Prairie is Modern Latin American Studies. Throughout this course I learned so much new information about the various cultures and identities of Latin American countries. I thoroughly enjoyed our unit about Argentina and learning about the importance of Gaucho culture and ranching within the rural areas of the land. The instructor for the class Mr. Nacev always goes above and beyond to ensure that every student understands the information and stays engaged in the class.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership?

Prairie has taught me to lead by example. When I walk into school each day I always have a big smile on my face and a positive attitude. I make a diligent effort to participate in class and show my teachers that I am willing to listen and work hard. In order to be a great leader, it is important to pay attention to the small details that may often be overlooked.

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

My favorite hobbies include playing basketball, cycling, and cooking. I developed a passion for basketball at a very young age and enjoy playing the sport and watching it professionally. If I am not dribbling a basketball, I am probably on my bike. I began cycling in kindergarten and continue to ride my bike leisurely and competitively. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I developed a new passion for cooking. My favorite dish to make is spicy chicken curry and rice.  

Helene Holland

Grade 12

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

Relationships and micro-interactions are super important to me. Whether it’s with teachers, friends, or new faces, Prairie has offered me so many opportunities to connect with people on a deep and longterm level. While the school is always changing, it still feels like home. It’s so fun to walk down the hallway and say hi to my seventh grade English teacher or catch up with a group of friends. Being a part of such a tight knit community has really made me realize what a people person I am!

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

Collaboration isn’t just about an end product, but the connections you make along the way. What immediately comes to mind is activities with younger buddies or the 12 Days celebration. It’s so important to come together and step outside of our social circles. Not only can you create something pretty cool, but you can be a part of something bigger than yourself.

What is your favorite class and why?

AP Bio has been one of my favorites this year because it’s the type of class where you’re learning when you don’t even realize it. We get to do a ton of fun labs (even in the current circumstances), and Mrs.Turek is amazing at helping students learn in a way that’s best for them. Whether we’re playing with bubbles or agar jelly, she finds a way to make the material exciting.

What has Prairie taught you about leadership?

Good leaders are connectors and team players. They try to get to know everyone, value their ideas, and guide more than they control. I’ve learned this not only from the leaders around me at school but from the opportunities I have to be a leader myself.

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

Throwing tea parties
Camping (I miss Manitowish!)

Prairie Leadership Society Application

Please note: Applications are not yet open for the 2021-22 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.