Pride of Prairie Award

This Prestigious Award Was Created in 1985 by the PSF.

Pride of Prairie Award Fall 2022
Nominations Due October 14, 2022

Nominate someone today who represents the Pride of Prairie. This prestigious award is
presented by the Prairie School Foundation to give recognition and show appreciation to an
individual(s) who exemplifies the Prairie Spirit and a loyal commitment to our Prairie Schools.
The Pride of Prairie Award will be presented at this fall’s Prairie Foundation Society Breakfast,
and will also be recognized at Prairie Fest 2023.

Submit your nomination by letter or email including your name and contact information along
with the nominee’s name and qualifications. It is important that you state why this person (or
persons) is deserving of the Pride of Prairie Award. Give specific details describing how your
nominee has shown the Prairie Spirit and dedication to our Prairie Schools and Prairie Kids. The
Pride of Prairie selection committee will choose the recipient based on your input. The more
details you provide the better.

All nominations may be mailed or emailed to the Prairie School Foundation Director, Randy
Rumery, 401 76 th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034, Nominations
are due by noon, Friday, October 14 th , 2022. Thank you in advance for your nomination.
See below for a listing of Past Pride of Prairie Award Recipients.

2019 Pride of Prairie Awardee: Amy Ellis

The Pride of Prairie Award is given by the foundation to those who have demonstrated loyal commitment and service to Prairie Schools. Amy Ellis was named the winner of this year’s award. She was nominated by Deron Jimmerson and Charles Oldenkamp, co-directors of Prairie Bands for her tireless work with the bands for 19 years.

Pictured above: Deron Jimmerson, President Steve Howes, Pride of Prairie Awardee Amy Ellis, Charles Oldenkamp, PSF Executive Director Randy Rumery 

Pride of Prairie General Information

It is presented annually to recognize and show appreciation for the individual or individuals who exemplify the spirit of and a commitment to Prairie Schools.  

Nominations for the award are solicited from residents in the College Community School District in the fall. The nominations must be in writing, provide specific information about the nominee’s contributions to the district and signed by the nominator. Nominations should be sent to Randy Rumery, Executive Director, Prairie School Foundation, 401 76th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 or The nominations are submitted to a volunteer selection committee of five for review. After a thorough review of the nominations, the committee ranks the nominees focusing on men and women who have a reputation as positive role models for all Prairie Students.  

Nominees typically have given some treasure, talent, and time to the Prairie Schools, their teachers, staff, and students. 

Time is Your Greatest Gift

Currently the Pride of Prairie Award is presented by the foundation’s president during the Prairie Foundation Society annual breakfast which was held on November 11, 2019. Since its inception, the Pride of Prairie Award has been given to 36 individuals, couples or groups.

We Extend Congratulations And Genuine Appreciation to Our Past Recipients:
  • 1985 Mary Hynek
  • 1986 George Joens
  • 1987 Joyce Anderson
  • 1988 Jack Hayes
  • 1989 Larry Hardin
  • 1990 Nancy Cook
  • 1991 Ron Nove
  • 1992 Florence & Bill Glass
  • 1993 Ed Hielers
  • 1994 Joanne Chadima
  • 1995 Bonnie Becicka
  • 1996 Sandy Flatgard
  • 1997 John Randles
  • 1998 Phyl Britcher
  • 1999 Pam & Larry Langton
  • 2000 George Chadima
  • 2001 Glenn Selzer
  • 2002 Becky & Roger Neuhaus
  • 2003 Mick Starcevich
  • 2004 Vicki Hyland
  • 2005 Ken Hanzlik
  • 2006 Craig & Karen Vondracek
  • 2007 Tom & Linda Carver
  • 2008 Marilyn Miller
  • 2009 Patti Joe Scheel
  • 2010 Julie Farmer
  • 2011 Al Soukup
  • 2012 Charter Foundation Members
    • Sherry Pipkin
    • James Macek
    • John Anderson
    • Norman Humble
    • Dwight Hughes
    • Ron Nove
    • Bonnie Becicka
    • Bill Bach
    • George Chadima
  • 2013 Greg & Debbie Erenberger
  • 2014 Kathy Waychoff
  • 2015 Mary & Chuck Gudenkauf
  • 2016 (Spring) Randy Bauer
  • 2016 (Fall) Dean Schrader
  • 2017 Mike Fisher
  • 2017 Mark Smyth
  • 2018 Steve & Terri  Howes
  • 2019 Amy Ellis


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Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5200 Ext. 2019