ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UPDATE

The proposed bylaws have been drafted, which can be found here. Online polls and surveys will be posted all summer long. Informational videos are coming soon. Send an email at prairietalon@yahoo.com. What you think should be added, removed or modified? There will be informal PHS alumni night gatherings coming soon. Don't forget to check out the Facebook and Twitter pages for more information!




Introduction
Hello everyone, this is the official website made by and for the alumni of Prairie High School in Vancouver/Brush Prairie, Washington. Nearly 20,000 students and staff have set foot on the school's campus since it opened back in 1979. This is your place for all the news, events and information involving former PHS students, staff, family and other community members.

News
If you have any PHS alumni news you would like to share, please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

We made the news!
PrairieTalon.org founder and webmaster Jayson Dodge was featured in Clark County Today regarding the plans to establish a PHS Alumni Association. The website was also mentioned. - Clark County Today

Training to respond to an overdose
Prairie High School has been notifying students, staff and parents about the dangers of fentanyl. An assembly at the school took place recently with a presentation from the Clark County Sheriff's Office. A total of 125 students, staff and parents attended a training session which included how to use naloxone. - PHS Website

Third generation Air Force vet with a passion for wrestling
PHS alum Jason Wilcox, who is serving in the U.S. Air Force, joined his father Jake as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Evergreen High School while on break from active duty. - Clark County Today

For the love of the game
Former PHS coach and teacher Don Freeman shared his passion for baseball around the world teaching and coaching the game to children and adults. His work resulted in numerous honors. - The Reflector

Olympic gymnast at NCAA championships
PHS grad Jordan Chiles competed for UCLA as she won the NCAA women's gymnastics championship on the uneven bars, scoring a perfect ten. She also won the floor exercise and finished second in the individual all-around competition. Chiles was named West Region Gymnast of the Year by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association. - The Columbian; UCLA Athletics

Remembering a legend
PHS grad Trent Kunz, who became a quadriplegic caused by a neck injury from playing football, passed away on February 13, 2023. He would later serve as ASB President, graduate from college, and become an estate attorney. His wife Kristi would be his full-time caregiver. A GoFundMe account has beeen set up to cover funeral, medical and other family expenses.


Upcoming Events
If you have any information on upcoming events of interest to PHS alumni or have an event or activity that you would like to share, please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

PHS FFA Plant Sale (May 11 to 16, 2023)
PHS Greenhouse, Vancouver, WA - battlegroundps.org

Traditional Powwow (May 20, 2023)
Clark Community College O'Connell Sports Center, Vancouver, WA - ndnedparentsassn@gmail.com

Portland Rose Festival (Weekends - May 26 to June 25, 2023)
Various Locations, Portland, OR - rosefestival.org

Multnomah County Fair (May 27 to 29, 2023)
Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, OR - multcofair.com

44th Annual PHS Commencement (June 8, 2023)
Battle Ground District Stadium, Battle Ground, WA - battlegroundps.org


PHS Sports
For more information on PHS sports schedules, visit the Greater St. Helens League website at 3agshl.com or the PHS Athletics website at falconnation.org.

PHS Baseball Schedule
March 13, 2023: Columbia River 4:30 p.m. (Columbia River High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 14, 2023: Ridgefield - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 15, 2023: Union - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 17, 2023: TBD - 4:30 p.m. (TBD)
March 20, 2023: Evergreen - 4:30 p.m. (Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 21, 2023: Evergreen - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 23, 2023: Evergreen - 4:30 p.m. (Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 27, 2023: Mountain View - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 28, 2023: Mountain View - 4:30 p.m. (Mountain View High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 30, 2023: Mountain View - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 5, 2023: Skyview - 5:00 p.m. (Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 8, 2023: Gig Harbor - 10:00 a.m. (Gig Harbor High School, Gig Harbor, WA)
April 17, 2023: Kelso - 4:00 p.m. (Kelso High School, Kelso, WA)
April 18, 2023: Kelso - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 20, 2023: Kelso - 4:00 p.m. (Kelso High School, Kelso, WA)
April 24, 2023: Heritage - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 25, 2023: Heritage - 4:30 p.m. (Heritage High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 27, 2023: Heritage - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 28, 2023: Selah - 7:00 p.m. (Selah High School, Selah, WA)
May 1, 2023: Camas - 7:00 p.m. (Camas High School, Camas, WA)
May 2, 2023: Battle Ground - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)

PHS Softball Schedule
March 13, 2023: Camas - 4:30 p.m. (Camas High School, Camas, WA)
March 15, 2023: Battle Ground - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 17, 2023: Heritage - 4:30 p.m. (Heritage High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 22, 2023: Mountain View - 4:30 p.m. (Mountain View High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 24, 2023: Kelso - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 27, 2023: Skyview - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 29, 2023: Evergreen - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 31, 2023: Tumwater - 4:30 p.m. (Tumwater High School, Tumwater, WA)
April 10, 2023: Union - 4:30 p.m. (Union High School, Camas, WA)
April 12, 2023: Camas - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 17, 2023: Battle Ground - 4:00 p.m. (Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, WA)
April 19, 2023: Heritage - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 21, 2023: Union - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 24, 2023: Central Catholic - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 26, 2023: Mountain View - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 28, 2023: Camas - 4:30 p.m. (Camas High School, Camas, WA)
May 1, 2023: Kelso - 4:00 p.m. (Kelso High School, Kelso, WA)
May 3, 2023: Skyview - 4:30 p.m. (Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA)
May 5, 2023: Ridgefield - 4:30 p.m. (Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, WA)
May 8, 2023: Evergreen - 4:30 p.m. (Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA)
May 10, 2023: Union - 4:30 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)

PHS Men's Soccer Schedule
March 15, 2023: W.F. West - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 17, 2023: Battle Ground - 7:00 p.m. (Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, WA)
March 20, 2023: Mountain View - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain View High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 24, 2023: Kelso - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 28, 2023: Heritage - 7:00 p.m. (Heritage High School, Vancouver, WA)
March 30, 2023: Evergreen - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 11, 2023: Aberdeen 6:00 p.m. (Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen, WA)
April 13, 2023: Camas - 7:00 p.m. (Camas High School, Camas, WA)
April 17, 2023: Kelso - 7:00 p.m. (Kelso High School, Kelso, WA)
April 19, 2023: Mountain View - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 21, 2023: Skyview - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 24, 2023: Union - 7:00 p.m. (Union High School, Camas, WA)
April 26, 2023: Battle Ground - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
April 28, 2023: Heritage - 7:00 p.m. (Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA)
May 1, 2023: Evergreen - 7:00 p.m. (Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA)



Reunions
If you have any information on upcoming reunions or gatherings (formal or informal), please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

PHS Classes of 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2013: Please check with your class website or Facebook page to confirm whether or not your class will be having a reunion. Information may be posted here once confirmed. Other alumni groups may schedule virtual or in-person gatherings in the near future.

PHS Class of 1983 - 40 Year Reunion on Friday, August 11, 2023 at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr., Camas, WA. Additional information to be announced later.

PHS Class of 1988 - 35th Annversary Celebration on Saturday, July 15. 2023 at the Harvest Days Festival in Battle Ground, WA. This event is open to all PHS alumni from every year (students and staff). For more information, email at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

Class Reunion Stories
Jayson Dodge (PHS Class of 1988 and PrairieTalon.org Webmaster) attended his class reunions, organizing the last two. Details of his experiences along with some photos from each reunion are listed below.
Jayson's Ten Year Reunion Story from 1998
Jayson's Twenty Year Reunion Story from 2008
Jayson's Thirty Year Reunion Story from 2018


Twitter Posts


Memorials
These are the names of former PHS students and faculty who are longer with us. The obituaries will open in a new window. If you know of any more deaths of students or staff (either during or after tenure/attendance at Prairie) or have additional information on the individuals listed, please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

CLASS OF 1980
Cheryl (Trimbo) Roesler (1962-2019) View obituary.
Terry Walter (1962-2020) View obituary.
Mike Wolf (1962-2013) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1981
Brenda Ahola (1963-2022)
Tim Gering (1962-1980) View obituary.
Bryan Merrell (1963-2009) View obituary.
Mark Wooster (1963-2013) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1982
Scott Hageman (1964-2022) View obituary.
Lori (Heinz) Wolf (1964-2008)
Ray Heup (1964-2010) View obituary.
Brenda (Johnson) Cox (1964-2014) View obituary.
Julie (Nerton) Dobson (1963-2007) View obituary.
John Marsolek (1964-2022) View obituary.
Kathy (Nail) Rubbelke (1964-2017) View obituary.
Matt Williams (1964-2017) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1983
Richard Deschand (1965-2019) View obituary.
David Hamm (1964-1983)
Rashan Henderson (1964-1995)
Jeff Peasley (1965-2016)
Lisa Wisner (1965-2002) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1984
Angela (Ahola) Anthony (1966-2022) View obituary.
David Campbell (1966-2007)
Shauna Cochran Scott (1966-2009) View obituary.
Steve Cocklin (1966-2008) View obituary.
Rick Dronen (1966-2012) View obituary.
Jackie (Tormanen) Firestone (1965-2020) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1985
Dan Brophy (1967-2021)
Darren Deputy (1966-2021) View obituary.
David Harris (1967-2014) View obituary.
Bobbie (Johnson) Davis (1966-2014) View obituary.
Tom MacDonald (1967-1987)
Sylvia (Newland) Cudiamat (1967-2023) View obituary.
Brian Olson (1967-1986)
Bobby Prentice (1966-2021) View obituary.
Dan Proudfit (1967-2018) View obituary.
Kay (Sarkinen) Hendrickson (1966-2018) View obituary.
Tom Shafer (1967-2012) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1986
Bryan Brown (1968-2001) View obituary.
Kristy Campbell (1968-2003)
Dean Luse (1968-1990)
Kevin Noorlander (1967-2021) View obituary.
Michael Paakanen (1967-1984)
Darin Reutter (1968-2004)
Holly Thorkildson (1967-2017) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1987
Brian Femling (1968-2013) View obituary.
Victor Hutton (1967-2017) View obituary.
Mark Richards (1968-1990)

CLASS OF 1988
Dan Claus (1970-2008) View obituary.
Tom Dalton (1970-1999) View obituary.
Cheyenne (Harden) Parker (1969-2017)
Jon Larson (1969-2007) View obituary.
Linda Lawrence (1969-2000) View obituary.
Sean Paakanen (1970-2021)
Bev (Puscher) Wharton (1970-2012) View obituary.
Kori (Rieger) Fredericksen (1969-2011) View obituary.
Jeff Ryder (1970-2018) View obituary.
Wally Sarkinen (1970-1984) View obituary.
Aric Schmeets (1970-1999) View obituary.
Chris Shull (1969-2020)
   View first obituary.
   View second obituary.
Troy Stevens (1970-2021) View obituary.
Paul Wilcox (1970-2021) View obituary.
Vincent Wilcox (1969-2007)
Paul Zimmer (1969-2000) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1989
Rick Colbert (1970-2018) View obituary.
Mike Diehl (1971-1999) View obituary.
John Eudy (1970-2008)
Matt Hart (1971-2019) View obituary.
Scott Hayden (1971-1992) View obituary.
Rick Jones (1970-2001)
Corinna Sofranko (1970-1997) View obituary.
Joanne Tormanen (1971-2007) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1990
Jason Davis (1972-1990)
Charlene German (1972-2001)
Trent Kunz (1972-2023) View obituary.
Matt Lang (1972-2006)
Brian Masic (1972-2021) View obituary.
Danell Mataczynski-Merck (1971-2021) View obituary.
Jeff Niedziela (1972-2019) View obituary.
Lori (Reddig) Homola (1972-2023) View obituary.
Shane Stout (1971-2017) View obituary.
Kim Torrence (1971-2022)
Jeff Upkes (1971-2018) View obituary.
Dirk Vandermeer (1972-2015)
Paul Voeller (1972-1994)

CLASS OF 1991
Adam Ahola (1972-2013) View obituary.
Kevin Bathe (1973-1994)
Damon Cannon (1973-2021)
Samuel Ramsey (1973-2008) View obituary.
Brad Sarkinen (1973-1999)

CLASS OF 1992
David Cox (1974-2023)
Gary Hiblar (1974-2021) View obituary.
Greg Thorkildson (1973-2014) View obituary.
Aaron E. Webb (1973-2021)
Tiffany (Wiser) Kennedy (1974-2018) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1993
Jeff Bushaw (1975-2020)
Ryan Ferrante (1974-2002)
Ron Frith (1975-2009) View obituary.
Jason Gladden (1975-2007) View obituary.
Shannon McCarty-Lane (1975-2015) View obituary.
Michael Rogers (1975-2004) View obituary.
Chris Waddell (1975-2011) View obituary.
Jason L. Ward (1975-2021) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1994
Angela Allen (1976-1997)
Terri (Donaldson) Reynolds (1976-2009) View obituary.
Amy Funk (1975-1998)
David Roy (1975-2022)

CLASS OF 1995
Ryan Brugato (1977-1994) View obituary.
Jon Davern (1977-2000)
Mark Fritzler (1977-2022) View obituary.
Jackee Kalahan (1977-2015)
Mary Nordberg (1976-2021)
Randy Schiess (1976-2016) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1996
Adam Allen (1978-1997)
Katelyn (Coates) Black (1978-2013) View obituary.
Shannon Collins (1978-2008) View obituary.
Kevin Gohlke (1978-?)
James Harkins (1978-1997)
Chris McCormick (1978-?)
Jaynece Nevin (1978-1998) View obituary.
Christina (Reed) Tandberg (1978-2020) View obituary.
Maria (Stogianis) Suh (1977-2016) View obituary.
Jason Vinsonhaler (1978-?)

CLASS OF 1997
Chris Adams (1979-1999)
Robert Hess (1979-2005)
Jeanette Rench (1978-2005) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1998
Adam Gragg (1979-2010) View obituary.
Rebecca (Lloid) Glendenning (1979-2020) View obituary.
Dustin Parkhill (1980-1998?)
Brandon Portnoy (1980-2007) View obituary.
Bryce Powers (1980-2001) View obituary.
Jeff Schwartz (1980-2018) View obituary.

CLASS OF 1999
Wendy (Muonio) Paso (1980-2010) View obituary.
Jay Timmons (1980-2022) View obituary.
Joshua West (1981-2020)

CLASS OF 2000
Cedric Bruns (1981-2003) View obituary.
Zachary Buchanan (1981-2012) View obituary.
Travis Bukowiec (1978-2004) View obituary.
Amy Coombs (1982-2000) View obituary.
Kevin Currie (1982-2003)
Caleb Krigbaum (1982-2011) View obituary.
Juan Sanchez (1982-1999)
Jennifer Steinmueller (1982-2005) View obituary.
Charles Thatcher (1981-2008) View obituary.
Erin (Tribe) Kilborn (1982-2005) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2001
Amy (Cowperthwait) Manley (1983-2017)
Jeremiah Johnson (1983-2007)
   View first obituary.
   View second obituary.
Heidi Lueth (1983-2004) View obituary.
Alisha (Tapper) Bernhardt (1983-2017) View obituary.
Tyler VonRuden (1983-2005) View obituary.
Marcus Wieber (1982-2009) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2002
Brent Larwick (1984-2007) View obituary.
Laura Mockford (1983-1999)
Brandon Romine (1983-2007) View obituary.
Jennifer Statczar-Neely (1983-1999) View obituary.
Kyle Tracy (1984-2003) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2003
Kara Ellertson (1985-2019) View obituary.
John Gaither (1985-2011) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2004
Kayla (Seals) Castro (1986-2022) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2005
Timmy Krussell (1986-2005) View obituary.
Chris Raugust (1986-2016) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2006
Justin Franklin (1987-2008) View obituary.
Donald "Don Don" Wallway, Jr. (1988-2008) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2010
Rachel Casper (1992-2020) View obituary.
Jode de Klerk (1992-2020) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2011
Colby Stuart (1993-2021) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2013
Justin Boyce (1994-2012)

CLASS OF 2014
Dylan Adams (1995-2020) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2015
Jessica Prew (1997-2022) View obituary.
David Shattuck (1997-2015) View obituary.
Seth Winterup (1997-2019) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2016
Briana Pasco (1997-2018) View obituary.
Sean Stillwell (1998-2020) View obituary.

CLASS OF 2018
Caleb Gervickas (2000-2022) View obituary.

FACULTY AND STAFF
Sandy Bernhardt (1953-2009) - ASB Head Office Secretary, 1989-2009 View obituary.
Bev Blair (1935-2008) - Librarian, 1979-1997 View obituary.
Gordon Buslach (1932-2019) - History and Driver Education Teacher; Football and Track Coach, 1979-1989 View obituary.
Jeanne Charles (1941-2009) - Art Teacher
Juan Christian (1948-2009) - English Teacher, 1979-2009 View obituary.
Gary Clark (1942-2012) - English and Speech Teacher; Debate Team Coach View obituary.
Larry Douglass (1934-2007) - Assistant Softball Coach View obituary.
Earl Glass (1935-2006) - Principal, 1979-1982 View obituary.
Dewayne Hanson (1945-2009) - Custodian, 1980-1986 View obituary.
Micah Hilario (1977-2020) - Math Teacher, Activities Director View obituary.
Bill Hill (1945-2018) - History Teacher, Men's Basketball Coach, Interim Activities Director, 1986-1989 View obituary.
Phil Jackson (1948-1994) - Chemistry Teacher, 1979-1994; Wrestling Coach, 1989-1994 View obituary.
DeWayne Kendall (1947-2008) - History Teacher; Men's Basketball Coach, 1979-2004 View obituary.
Joe Mazzoncini (1950-1990) - Activities Director, 1986-1990 View obituary.
Diane McCormick (1938-2006) - English Teacher; Student Newspaper Advisor, 1984-2000 View obituary.
Greg Parcher (1951-2017) - Principal, 1998-2007 View obituary.
Don Phillips (1927-2008) - Automotive Teacher, 2000-2002
Phil Phimister (1953-2017) - Special Education Teacher; Cross Country Coach; Track and Field Coach, 1986-2015 View obituary.
Joanne Rooney (1955-2013) - Child Care Director; Early Childhood Education Teacher View obituary.
Hillie Stoker (1919-2004) - German Teacher, 1981-1987 View obituary.
Velda Sutton (1935-2021) - Principal, 1986-1990 View obituary.

Yearbook Gallery
These are the yearbook covers since 1980. If you have covers for the yearbooks not listed below, please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.



About The School



Prairie High School opened in September 1979 to accommodate the growing population in the southern portion of the Battle Ground School District, in Southwestern Washington. Located 10 miles northeast of Vancouver, Washington near the town of Brush Prairie, Prairie High School has provided numerous opportunities from academics to athletics to fine arts to computers to vocational training to over 1400 students each year in grades nine through twelve. Most of the student body previously attended Pleasant Valley, Daybreak and Laurin Middle Schools plus the former Maple Grove Middle School in the Battle Ground School District as well as the neighboring Hockinson School District before the high school opened in 2003. The school's mascot is the falcon, and the colors are crimson and gold. The school's mailing address is PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604. The campus is located at 11311 NE 119th Street, Vancouver, WA 98662. The school's main office can be reached at 360-885-5000. The telephone number for the activities office is 360-885-5013.

About The Website
The website was created by Jayson Dodge (PHS Class of 1988) in 1999 as a means for alumni of Prairie High School to keep in contact when no such site existed. The current domain name of prairietalon.org (named after the school's yearbook) was established two years later. Plans are underway to form a PHS alumni association.

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Links and Contact Information
Email: prairietalon@yahoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/groups/28920019525
Twitter: twitter.com/PrairieHSAlumWA
YouTube: youtube.com/prairietalon2011
TikTok: tiktok.com/@prairietalon
Prairie High School: phs.battlegroundps.org
Prairie Boosters: prairieboosters.org
Prairie Falcon Athletics: falconnation.org
Battle Ground Public Schools: battlegroundps.org
PHS Falcons Sideline Store: sideline.bsnsports.com
The Columbian: columbian.com
The Reflector: thereflector.com
Camas-Washougal Post-Record: camaspostrecord.com
Clark County Today: clarkcountytoday.com
Greater St. Helens 3A League: 3agshl.com
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association: wiaa.com





Updated April 30, 2023
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