Prairie High School’s Morgan Flynn Elected to State BPA Board

Congratulations to Prairie junior Morgan Flynn, who was successful in her recent campaign to gain a seat on the State Officer Board for Business Professionals of America (BPA) in Des Moines.  Prairie’s delegation of 61 members attended State Conference February 19 – 21 with Advisors, Kim Hynek, Mary Gudenkauf and Matt Sima.

Flynn was among a slate of nine candidates who completed the application process, presented a candidate speech before 500 attendees, caucused and lobbied for a seat.  Flynn was elected as State Recorder among a board of five.  At Prairie, Flynn participates in a number of activities.  She is President of Best Buddies, an active Key Club member, involved in National Honor Society, attends Iowa BIG, plays on the golf team and is a district intern in our communication’s department.  Throughout her campaign, Flynn highlighted her desire to further expand the partnership between BPA and Special Olympics.

Since 2015, Prairie’s BPA Chapter has built a force throughout the State by placing five officers on the state board in just four years.  In 2015, Grace Gudenkauf, Class of ’16 was Prairie’s first-ever State President followed by Taylor Fisher, Class of ’17, elected as Vice President in 2016, and two seniors currently serving their terms; Jaxon Sirowy, as State President and Sean Hamilton, as Vice President of Marketing.  Flynn will begin her tenure this summer.

Prairie High School BPA Students Qualify for Nationals

Congratulations to our Prairie High School Business Professionals of America (PBA) students who qualified for Nationals.   Prairie’s delegation of 61 members attended the State Conference February 19 – 21 in Des Moines with Advisors, Kim Hynek, Mary Gudenkauf and Matt Sima.

Prairie had 31 students who qualified for Nationals in Dallas, TX.  Please congratulate the following students if you see them:

Andrew Russell
Bailey Green
Bailey Swartzendruber
Blair Bell
Brittney Nguyen
Brylee Yirkovsky
Cal Wagner
Colin Conrad
Emma Rubsam
Eric Wisnouskey
Hannah Eckley
Hannah Sellner
Jaxon Sirowy
Kris Murray
Lauren Schmitz
Lydia Cook
Madi Meyer
Matthew Altenhofen
Matthew Walter
Olivia Nurre
Quinn Langfitt
Ryanne Trpkosh
Sam Lockhart
Sean Hamilton
Stijn Van Den Boorn
Sydney Suthers
Taylor Russell
Taylor Soppe
Yden Da
Zach Barden
Zak Zahner

Prairie Girls Bowling Team Claims State Title

Congratulations to the Prairie Girls Bowling team who won the Class 3A state bowling title with a win over Muscatine, 3103-3004. Senior Mikayla Hite finished second in the individual race with a score of 473, junior Ashley Sundstrom finished fifth at 430 and senior Emily Hartgrave tied for eighth at 412.

Prairie Girls State Participants:
Emily Hartrave (12)
Mikayla Hite (12)
Jade Klinefelter (12)
Sydney Reeves (11)
Ashley Sundstrom (11)
Stephanie Thompson (10)
Alternate – Kaila Tiedeman (10)

On the boys’ side, Prairie finished eighth with a score of 2945. Southeast Polk was the champion with a score of 3210.

Prairie Boys State Participants:
Jonathan Keiper (10)
Tyler Parks (11)
Brendan Poock (11)
Noah Meader (10)
Dathan Stolba (11)
Shawn Wille (11)


February 2018 Construction Update


Below is a February 2018 update on our construction projects. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.


  • The masons continue to work on load-bearing walls – 100% complete.
  • The masons are also working on interior non load-bearing walls – 100% complete
  • Work continues setting structural steel columns – 100% complete.
  • Work continues on prepping the floors for concrete. 90% complete.
  • Masonry walls are complete.
  • North and south brick work is complete.
  • Exterior metal framing is ongoing.
  • The roof is 75% complete
  • Tile installation to begin in March
  • Terrazzo flooring installation to begin in March
  • Metal stud interior framing and walls is completed with dry walling to follow.
  • In the coming weeks will be pouring a concrete floor.
East View of the Cafeteria
Interior View of the Cafeteria
Interior View of the Kitchen


  • Masons have completed 100% of load bearing walls.
  • 100% of the floors have been poured.
  • The addition is 100% closed.
  • Roof work is 100% complete.
  • Exterior brick work is 75% complete.
  • Will start finish work in March (painting, sealing, cabinet work)
Stairs Leading to Science Wing from Fine Arts Area
Science Wing Hallway
Science Classroom 
Science Classroom


  • Band Area:
  • Painting work has started with 50% completion.
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) is 90% complete.
  • Metal stud framing work is ongoing.
  • Interior non-load bearing walls are 100% complete.
  • Starting to install ceilings.
  • Installing doors and frames.
  • Exterior brick will begin as weather permits.
Band Room View from 2nd Floor
Instrument Storage Room
Band Room
  • Choir Area:
  • Painting work has started with 40% complete.
  • Metal stud framing walls work is ongoing.
  • Tiling work in the bathrooms will begin.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in work is 90% complete.
  • Starting to install ceilings.
Choir Room
Mirror Room
Second Floor Practice Rooms


  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) work is 100% complete.
  • Painting and tile work is 90% complete.
  • Terrazzo flooring is 100% complete in the hallway.
  • Ceiling installation has begun.
  • Finish work to begin will completion expected in May.
View of Concessions Area with View into New Cafeteria
Interior View of the Concessions Area
Varsity Locker Room
Varsity Locker Room Restroom


Larson is starting to plan and schedule the following work that will take place over spring break. Work includes:

  • Relocation of the high school administrative offices (moving to guidance area
  • Will start demolition of the high school main office area to prepare as they prepare for a new high school entrance addition.
  • The IT office near the high school library will be relocated for demolition to take place.
  • Removing high school bleachers in the south gym to prepare for new bleacher installation in the summer.

Prairie Wrestlers Take Six Medals at State

Congratulations to the Prairie wrestlers who let the Metro with six medalists. Prairie placed all but one of its qualifiers on the awards stand. Congratulations to the following medalists:

Senior Trenten Wennermark placed third at 138 (claiming his second straight medal).  Derek Horak (182) and 195-pounder Ashton Stoner-DeGroot placed sixth. Austin Kegley (106), Conrad Braswell (120) and Mike Jasa (170) placed eighth for the Hawks.

Special Thanks to Russ De Hoedt for providing the photos!

Trenten Wennermark
Derek Horak
Ashton Stoner-DeGroot
Austin Kegley
Conrad Braswell
Mike Jasa







Breakfast Offered Daily to All Prairie Students

Did you know that breakfast is offered daily to all students at Prairie. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria Monday thru Friday when school is in session.  Breakfast is $1.50 for students, $0.30 for reduced students, and $1.75 for adults and guests.

A breakfast meal includes a main entree, a fruit choice, a 4 oz. juice cup choice, and an 8 oz milk choice.

We offer items such as breakfast pizza, french toast sticks and pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, toast, cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, assorted cereals, milk, and fruit choices such as strawberries, bananas, and apples.  Please Join Us!

Breakfast Times:
CREST:  8:30 – 8:55 AM
HEIGHTS:  8:30 – 8:50 AM
HILL:  8:30 – 8:55 AM
RIDGE:  8:35 – 8:55 AM
VIEW: 8:35 – 9:00 AM
CREEK:  7:30 – 8:00 AM
POINT:   7:25-7:45 AM
HIGH SCHOOL:  8:15 –  8:50 AM

Where Are They Now? Meet 1979 Prairie Grad Dawn Becicka Souza

Name: Dawn (Becicka) Souza

What year did you graduate Prairie High School?
I graduated in 1979

What is your current position?
I am the Director of Student Life

Where is your place of employment?
Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado

What are your job responsibilities?
I work with all student organizations, clubs and athletics at three different campuses. I also work with Student Government and have traveled all over the country with them to different conferences. We also put on all events for college at all campuses.

Describe your career and educational path since graduating from Prairie High School.
I received my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Northern Iowa. From there, I moved to Colorado. I worked at different jobs and ended up in the Health Club business. One day I came to the college to talk to them about a job and my name was on the man’s desk. I figured it was a sign for me to work here. That was 24 years ago. After working here a few years, I moved into the Director position and pursued and received my Master’s at the University of Colorado.

What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates? 

I would tell high school graduates to know exactly what they want to do before spending the money on college. There is no real reason that a student has to go to college right after high school. There are so many fields that may only require a certificate or there may be a company that offers on the job training. Working at a college, I see students change their degree plan over and over which costs them so much money. My other piece of advice would be, look at the average amount of money that a particular job pays to see if it is worth the cost of paying back that student loan. Students take out loans and go into jobs that will never pay enough money to pay back their student loans.

Boys and Girls Bowling Teams Headed to State!

​​​​​​​Congratulations to our Boys’ and Girl’s bowling teams with their win in the State Qualifier hosted by CR Kennedy on 2/13 at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.  The state tournament will be held on Wednesday, February 21 at the Cadillac Lanes, 650 LaPorte, Road, Waterloo, IA.  The tournament will begin at 10:00 am with the Parade of Bowlers and the National Anthem.  Actual competition will begin at approximately 10:20 am.  Doors will open for spectators at 9:00 am.
Admission for the tournament is $10 per person.  Spectator entrances will be at the east sides of the building.  Fans have the ability to purchase tickets in advance and online with GoFan Digital Huddle Tickets.  Fans may purchase up to eight tickets on their mobile device (there is a $1.50 handling fee).

Seven Prairie Hawks Earn Trip to State Wrestling Tournament

Prairie hosted the district wrestling tournament on Saturday, February 10. The top two wrestlers at each weight earned the right to wrestle in the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament (Feb. 15-17). The Hawks were led by district champs Trenten Wennermark (138 lbs.) and Derek Horak (182 lbs.). Both seniors had dominate performances and will enter the state tournament seeking to build upon that momentum.

In addition, five P-Hawks earned runner-up finishes to punch their ticket to the state tournament; Austin Kegley (106 lbs.), Nicholas Hatcher (113 lbs.), Conrad Braswell (120 lbs.), Mike Jasa (170 lbs.), and Ashton Stoner-DeGroot (195 lbs.). The team finished runner-up in the team standings.  All seven qualifiers will continue their journey toward state tournament glory beginning on Thursday.

Follow the Hawks with live updates on Twitter (@PHawksWrestling) or Facebook (Prairie Hawks Wrestling).

Next Year’s 2018-2019 Calendar Revised

The College Community School District discovered an error in the 2018/2019 calendar.  Historically, the College Community School District aligns spring break with Kirkwood Community College.  It was discovered after publication that the spring break shown on our calendar was mistakenly set one week prior to Kirkwood’s spring break.

The District has corrected this error and the correct spring break dates, March 18, 2019 through March 22, 2019, have been added to the district calendar.  CLICK HERE for next year’s  revised calendar.

We apologize for an inconvenience this may have caused.

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