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!

Lilah Behrends

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.

Mehul Dhar

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.

Krasina Kotzeva

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.

Eric Morocco

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? 

Kiran Shimp

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.