One of our most valued community members, our alumni demonstrate their leadership, stewardship and community spirit as they graduate from 8th grade and move on to navigate high school, college and beyond. If you have contact information or know of a graduate that would like to participate in our Alumni section please contact Dil Dybas
Where Are They Now?
April Alumni News
Riley Ley, PCCS Alumnus from the class of 2012, was recently awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship for his caddie experience throughout high school. Riley, who attends Carmel Catholic High School, played golf and tennis throughout high school and is a member of the National Honor Society. Riley will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. Congratulations to Riley and his family!
January Alumni News
Maeve Daw, graduate of Prairie Crossing Charter School’s Class of 2011 completed basic training at the US Air Force Academy and on Sept. 4th, 2015 was accepted into the Cadet Wing during the Acceptance Day.
December Alumni NewsCongratulations to PCCS Alumni Alden Aaberg, Riley Achtemeier, Mali Chiodi, Greta Ruhlmann, and Ben Steinbeck for representing their high school at the state cross country meet. The boys’ team placed first in the state!
In early December, Merrit Penticoff (PCCS Class of 2012) and Ellie Penticoff (Class of 2008) stopped by PCCS to observe classes in Mr. Habel’s Social Studies classes. Ellie is currently studying Early Education at Carthage College.
Spotlight on Casey Boyle – PCCS Class of 2008
“I attended PCCS ever since Kindergarten. I was the first group of students to go all the way from Kindergarten to 8th grade at PCCS. I am currently attending Northwood University. It is a NCAA Division 2 University in central Michigan. I am studying Sport and Entertainment Management and am a part of the Men’s Basketball team.”
What are some of the key lessons/experiences you learned from PCCS that you have taken with you in life?
When I attended PCCS I was put in many group projects and I realize now that being able to work in a group is a great asset to have.
In what ways do you think PCCS was a better choice than a traditional public school?
I believe PCCS is better because you make an actual connection with your teacher. At PCCS the learning was more personal and your teacher could see your progress in every subject. Looking back, I realize that attending PCCS shaped me into the person I am today and created friendships I’ll have forever.
If you were able to talk to a parent who was considering sending their child to PCCS, what would you say to them?
I would highly recommend [PCCS], not so much from what they will learn but because of the person they will become. PCCS will improve your kid by the personal learning, field trips and outdoor activities. The experience your kid would get at PCCS is unlike anything he/she could get at any other school.
PCCS Alumni Abby Goldberg (Grayslake High School) and Erin Richter (Warren Township High School) represented their respective high schools at the Illinois Leadership Seminars. Each Illinois high school can send one representative to this conference. Abby feels her work from her 8th grade CP at PCCS helped her be selected for this honor. Erin was selected from a group of sophomores in her high school’s student council.
Both alumni attribute lessons they learned at PCCS as stepping stones to the leadership opportunities they have now in high school.
“Ever since we were little kids at PCCS, we were taught to be leaders and taught the importance of service,” shared Erin.
Abby adds, “PCCS taught us to go out in the community and help others, which is what leaders do.”
What advice would you give current PCCS students?
“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You don’t have to go to a seminar to be a leader. Leadership opportunities happen every day.”
Erin agrees. “Stay involved in service. Do little things to stay involved in the community.”