Prairie Students Attend Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference

Prairie Students Attend Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference

Prairie High School’s BPA Chapter competed at the annual State Conference in Des Moines in February.   BPA is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in finance, marketing, business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has more than 51,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. 

Prairie’s chapter sent 60+ participants to State.  Following State, we were preparing for the National Leadership Conference scheduled in Washington DC in May which unfortunately was canceled this year.  Prairie’s chapter members:

Alexis Barden                                  Zach Barden                       Grant Beach

Andrew Bickford                           Alec Brockmeyer             Sierra Buscher

Ty Costigan                                       Alexandra Day                  Noah Day

Ella Flatgard                                    Carson Frazee                    Laurel Gammon

Camden Ganzeveld                     Kristin Gavin                      Amanda Grimm

Michael Guckenberger             Claire Habel                        Peyton Hanlin

Bailey Heathman                          Emma Heggen                    Zach Hilleman

Grace Hobson                                Sydney Hoffmann             Emma Joens

Jensyn Jones                                   Nate Keiper                          Joel Kelsey

Spencer Kirk                                    Max Lampe                          Taylor Lee

Jenna Leggatt                                  Maura Levi                           Carter Lins

Emma Lynch                                     Braxton Martin            MackennaMatson

Kayden McMaster                       Caleb Miller                     Tanin Moores

Jacob Moser                                    Nate Nisley                      Morgan Norem

Garrett Pientok                            Katie Ray                           Carli Reittinger

Maddie Rigdon                             Isaac Rubsam                  Tanner Sanders

Shaylin Schares                            Sadie Schmidt                 Jonathan Servey

Trevor Stoltenberger                Trinity Suchan                Will Thalacker

Maguire Venable                         Preston Venable             Jacy Werning

Jaymeson Westphal                   Lauren Whinery             Evan Williams

Hunter Williams                           Colin Winborn


Competitors preparing for Nationals in Washington DC included:  

Grant Beach                                   Andrew Bickford              Laurel Gammon

Amanda Grimm                         Michael Guckenberger       Nate Keiper

Sadie Schmidt                              Jacy Werning


BPA is a “co-curricular” organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering curriculum based on national standards.  For more information on joining BPA, please email a Prairie High School advisor; Kim Hynek;, or Mary Gudenkauf; or Matt Sima;  We look forward to building on our success and encourage students interested to consider joining this great organization.

Curtain Call 2020

Curtain Call 2020 is quickly approaching on Friday, April 3, at 7 pm in the Concert Hall. Curtain Call is the final opportunity to see Prairie’s Ambassadors and Focal Point show choirs. The concert also includes a performance by Chamber Choir and special student acts.
Reserved seating tickets are $11 online at and benefit the Prairie Music Association. Get your tickets now!
If you are in need of wheelchair accessible and companion seating, please email Kari Kempf at Activity passes will not be accepted.
Please join us as we cap off a great show choir season and say good-bye to our seniors!

Mike Hicks Receives Sportsmanship Award from IGHSAU

Congratulations to Mike Hicks who was recognized by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) prior to the Prairie Vs City High State Basketball Quarterfinal game on Monday. Each participating school gets to nominate a person for the Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to a person who personifies proper decorum and ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season, and a role model for all spectators, students and adults alike, who supports interscholastic athletics. The school will receive a $250 check from the IGHSAU to be added to the High School Scholarship fund and given to a female student in Mike’s honor.  Congratulations Mike!

High School Students Attend Local Job Fair

Prairie Students Attend Local Job Fair

Fifty students from Prairie HS and Delta traveled to Kirkwood’s Regional Center on Feb 26 to attend a corridor job fair. Iowa Works sponsored the one day event where over 75 businesses were on hand to recruit part time, season and for our seniors, full time employees looking to enter a career.  Students were coached on how to introduce themselves, inquire about open positions and necessary qualifications as well as educational opportunities and training the business provides.   The students were able to practice their skills when meeting with company representatives. Many of the jobs available were with companies our students weren’t familiar with so they were able to learn about new and growing jobs and careers in the area.  A complete list of companies can be found here.  Company representatives are looking for new ways to partner with the schools through an internship and or apprenticeship to get students learning and working in an industry well before graduation. Prairie staff reported the event was really a great experience for the students who attended. We appreciate administrators Ms. Thies and Mr. Dye supporting this career readiness event.

Transportation Team Provides Job Shadow

Transportation Team Provides Job Shadow

The CCSD transportation department opened their bus garage doors to let Christian Sturbaum, sophomore, job shadow mechanic, Brian Shaw. Christian’s career path includes auto and diesel mechanic training with an ultimate goal of getting his CDL, owning his own truck and possibly an entire fleet someday. In order to gain some real time, hands on experience in the field, Christian spent an hour with Brian learning about and how to service a school bus for a routine oil change and maintenance check up. After the job shadow, Christian said, “I loved everything about the experience and want to go back again to learn more.” Brian showed him how to grease the axles, check tire pressure and air brakes, and change the oil filter. Mary McWilliams, CCSD’s Transition Coordinator, couldn’t  be more pleased with the outcome of this opportunity provided by Kris Hartgrave, Transportation Director, and her team. “This job shadow did exactly what it was intended to do. The student learns about a career, gets to try out some typical tasks and can spark enthusiasm for more learning, “ said McWilliams.  A big thank you to Kris and her team for keeping the student at the center of what we do to provide this experience.



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