High School Activities on for January 24, 2020

Looking for something to do tonight??

Activities are still happening for Prairie High School Students…

Double Header at CR Washington 6/7:30pm.  Come watch our Varsity Girls and Boys take on CR Washington Warriors tonight.

JV/V Girls and Boys Bowling at Lancer Lanes at 4pm.  Come watch our bowlers take on Cedar Falls.

Come watch our Drama Department perform their Winter One Act play at 7pm at the High School Theater.

Student Job Shadows – 2nd semester

Students – please take advantage of this last chance to sign up for a Job Shadow this semester. 
Job Shadows provide a one-day glimpse into an area of work that you may want to pursue after graduation.  How do you know what a particular field is all about, until you try?
Applications are due Tuesday, January 21.
The online application is easy to complete:
click on JOB SHADOWS
click on one of the six areas to learn more
click on APPLY
complete the application, make sure to list a correct email for parent/guardian
Questions?  Email Mrs. Gudenkauf or stop by her office across from The Success Center.

High School German Students support HACAP

This year, German National Honor Society encouraged  German students to count down to the holiday using a reverse Advent calendar  while also supporting the HACAP food pantries. Students chose a date or multiple dates to bring in designated items. All students who participate in this voluntary activity were entered in a drawing for a bag of German treats.   GNHS  had designated dates with specific items that are needed in the food pantries; however, we added a list of other items that are also needed.

The students were very excited to bring in items to help the needy.  Items brought in included rice, beans, peanut butter and other foods. Students also realized that spices and sauces might be appreciated so they brought in soy sauce, sriracha, and other tasty sauces.  GNHS also realizes that many essentials are not covered by government assistance. Things like tampons, toilet paper, razors, shampoo and soap were brought in in droves.

Five cars full of GNHS members took the donations to HACAP.  The result was 1007 POUNDS of food and essentials were raised through the efforts of Prairie German National Honor Society.

1964-1965 Alumni Wrestling Team Recognition

The 1964-1965 Prairie Hawks were a special group that set a new standard of excellence for Prairie Wrestling.  This team exceeded preseason expectations of Head Coach Bob Mellgren who was quoted in the Cedar Rapids Gazette stating that “his team will still be building this season.”  That seemed like a reasonable expectation as the Hawks were 8-7 the previous season, had just four seniors, and were relying on many younger wrestlers. The perfect dual record of 13-0 they earned was evidence of Mellgren’s “building”, a team of hard working young men, and the establishment of a solid foundation upon which more success was soon to follow.

All wrestlers (varsity, junior varsity, and reserve), wrestlettes, cheerleaders, support staff, coaches, and families from this great Prairie Hawk team are invited to attend the alumni meet on Thursday, January 16th.  Alumni of the 1964-1965 team, families, and guests are encouraged to arrive at 6:00 PM for food and fellowship. A room across from the south gym will be reserved for this group for the entire night. Family members of those that have passed away are encouraged to attend to represent their loved one and celebrate this accomplishment.

Please RSVP by contacting AD Admin. Asst. Lori Pleiness 848-5350 (ext. 2128) or lpleiness@crprairie.org

Head Coach Bob Mellgren*

Assistant Coach John Osland


Jerry Schropp

Terry Hartley*

Gary Schropp

Lyle Glass

John Hromidko

Chris Miles

Mike Langridge

Jim Goins*

Steve Peterson

Larry Hromidko

Burdette Voss

Jerry Wood

Steve Selzer*

MVC Wrestling Dual:  Prairie vs. Xavier

Art of Noiz Pep Band Performing

Order of Events:

6:00 PM food and fellowship for 64-65 team, families, & guests

6:15 PM JV Wrestling 

Alumni Night Recognition

Senior Night Recognition

Varsity Wrestling 

*We remember those that have passed away and celebrate with us in spirit.

Sophomore and Junior Summer Internships

Sophomores and Juniors … It’s never too early to start planning for summer.  It will be here before you know it.  Want to make the best investment in yourself?  Consider a Workplace Learning Connection Internship to learn more about a particular career and earn elective credit.  Workplace Learning Connection’s Summer 2020 internship application portal is now open.  Completed applications are due February 1 by 3:00 p.m.  Email Mary Gudenkauf at mgudeknauf@crprairie.org for more information.

Learn more about WLC internships here.


For our Winter One Act!

Orpheus was a great musician in Ancient Greece. It is said that nothing could resist to his music and melody, neither friends nor enemies or beasts. Even trees and rocks were entranced by his music.

Orpheus fell in love with Eurydice- a woman of unique beauty; they got married and lived happily- But the fates stole Eurydice’s life and now Orpheus will stop at nothing to get her back

Join us for this adaption of Orpheus’ mythical journey to the underworld and back!

Kami Zbanek Hill
Prairie High School Library Associate
Drama Sponsor



Congratulations to EIGHTEEN students from Prairie High School and Prairie Point 9th Grade Academy who have been
selected to participate in the NORTHEAST IOWA BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION HONOR BAND to be held at
Oelwein High School on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

These students will perform in one of two 125-piece select ensembles, made up of students from approximately 60
schools in the northeast Iowa region. Selection to this group is a great honor for the students, as they will rehearse all
day and then present a concert that evening at 7:00 P.M. in the Oelwein High School Gymnasium. This year’s honor
bands will be under the direction of Dr. Danny Galyen from the University of Nothern Iowa, and Dr. Kevin Kessler from
South Dakota State University.



Camden Beightler Freshman Trombone
Abigail Bell Junior Trumpet
Molly Bourgeous Junior Oboe (2nd year)
Alyssa Cassady Freshman Clarinet
Kylie Cooling Junior Flute
Luka Elges Senior Tuba
Lilianna Gimse Senior Flute
Tu Ho Senior Contra-Bass Clarinet
Sydney Hoffmann Junior Percussion
Brody Joens Senior Bari Sax
Isabella Koch Senior French Horn
Jacob Kruse Junior Trumpet
Anna Lantz Sophomore Bass Clarinet
Hannah Lester Junior Flute
Carlie Mallicoat Sophomore Clarinet
Abby Sebetka Junior Clarinet (2nd year)
Jonathan Servey Senior Alto Sax (2nd year)
Emma Svoboda Senior Flute (3rd year)

On behalf of these students we sincerely wish to thank the faculty and administration of College Community School District for their encouragement and support of the music program.

Altorfer CAT Hosts HS Students For Career Event

Altorfer CAT Hosts HS Students For Career Event

On Tuesday, November 12, over 36 students from Prairie High School got to experience a career in the construction industry in action. They visited eastern Iowa’s Caterpillar dealer, Altorfer Cat where they received a tour of the shop and learned about the ThinkBIG internship program.

The tour of the shop exposed the students to what technicians do every day. They saw all from simple routine maintenance to month-long projects on some of the largest pieces of equipment in the Caterpillar line. They had the chance to ask the shop managers about careers, projects past and present, and more.

The ThinkBIG internship program partners Altorfer Cat with Illinois Central College (ICC) in Peoria, Illinois. Students will partake in, eight weeks of classroom learning and eight weeks of paid internships at one of Altorfer’s nine full-service shops. Upon the completion of the program students earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science and potential employment upon graduation. Thanks to the new tuition reimbursement program, the cost has become more affordable.

To learn more about the ThinkBIG program, visit https://www.altorfer.com/contact-us/careers/ or contact Sarah Markham by calling 319-365-0551 x2209 or emailing sarah.markham@altorfer.com.

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