Seniors pose with their Kindergarten buddy during match day.
Seniors pose with their Kindergarten buddy during match day.

Senior-Kindergarten Buddy match draws nerves, excitement

With this year’s Senior-Kindergarten Buddy match delayed by a week, the Class of 2023 and the Class of 2035 were especially eager to meet each other and begin their friendships. These year-long—and occasionally life-long—connections are one of the ways Colorado Academy creates bonds through the divisions.

In one of the most anticipated CA traditions, Seniors gather on the steps of Schotters Music Center, while the Kindergartners sit on the lawn of Stamper Commons. Students eagerly wait to hear their names called by Lower School Principal Angie Crabtree and the match is made.

Seniors gather on the steps of Schotters Music Center before the Buddy match.

Even Seniors were a little jittery.

“As a Senior, I was honestly surprised because I was a little nervous,” says Diana Reidy. “But the program is super fun and creates a stronger relationship within the CA community between younger and older grades.”

Once the Buddy groups get their photo taken, they find a spot to read books and get to know each other—a process that continues throughout the year.

After meeting their Buddy, Seniors spend time reading books on the lawn.

The Senior-Kindergarten Buddies program includes meet-ups for Halloween, before Winter Break, on the 100th day of school, and in the springtime. The Buddies will also sit together during Mustang Assemblies. And, the big highlight is a field trip to the Denver Zoo in May.

In between these scheduled visits, Buddies will give high fives, hugs, and shoutouts as they pass each other on CA’s campus, providing a positive boost to their day.

“I’ve been at CA since First Grade, and I’ve been looking forward to this since I was that age,” says Senior Jane Lauchli. “It’s surreal to finally be in this position.”

One of the many perks of attending a Pre-K-Grade 12 school is the family-like atmosphere that provides student interactions at all levels. Younger kids get to witness the older kids in sports, arts, and academics—aspiring to be like them someday—while the older students engage with their Lower School counterparts and serve as role models.

“It’s a great experience to be able to connect with younger individuals on campus,” adds Senior J.C. Turner. “It should be fun this year.”

Senior Campbell O’Neal looks forward to a joyful year-long connection with her Buddy. “This is the grade where they have the most fun and they start to love CA,” she says.