McKenna Purdy (’20) has always known that she was going to go to CB. The academics are rigorous but valuable, the community is welcoming and connected (some might even say the most memorable aspect of their CB experience), and the traditions never fail to draw excitement and fun for the CB students, faculty, and alumni. […]
McKenna Purdy (’20) has always known that she was going to go to CB. The academics are rigorous but valuable, the community is welcoming and connected (some might even say the most memorable aspect of their CB experience), and the traditions never fail to draw excitement and fun for the CB students, faculty, and alumni. CB has many valuable qualities that make it appealing to potential freshmen and even students from different high schools who want a memorable and faith-filled high school experience.
However, CB had one more appealing aspect to McKenna that most of the students won’t be able to experience and that solidified her decision to go to CB. Her father, Mr.Kirk Purdy, has been a counselor at CB for 18 years and was even the class counselor for the class just one year above her. As a result of her father’s employment at CB, McKenna has been familiar with the CB campus and community ever since she was a baby.
“I’ve known that I was going to go to CB basically ever since I was born,” McKenna explained. “My first time on campus was when I was a couple months old I think, and so I’ve also gone to summer camps here and family barbecues [with people from CB community.]
“I remember when she was born and pushing her in a stroller on Founders Day here to show her off to all the teachers,” Mr. Purdy nostalgically recalled. “She’s grown up with CB basically being apart of everything that she knows.”
As many of us can remember, the transition from elementary school to high school is rough. Even though McKenna had CB flowing in her blood for so long, she wasn’t an outlier to this stressful process.
“When I came to CB, I didn’t really know anyone, which made me pretty nervous going into [high school],” McKenna explained.
Even though she was doubtful in the beginning, having her dad at school was helpful during her transition into CB.
“I thought that it would be really weird having my dad there, but it was really great to have that connection to my dad at first.”
One aspect of CB that McKenna and her father enjoy participating in is CB’s faith life. They participate in two of the same faith oriented experiences, the Student Retreat Leadership Team (SRLT) and Kairos.
Without revealing too much of the top secret event, Mr. Purdy told the story of his and McKenna’s decision to lead Kairos 77 at the same time.
“When McKenna said she wanted to lead the September Kairos, I told her I was directing it and asked her if that was still something she would like to do and she said ‘yeah I’m really excited.’”
Mr. Purdy made sure that the process of selecting Kairos leaders was unbiased by looking over McKenna’s application in a fair way.
“I looked at her application just as I would look at anybody else’s application and felt like she’d be really strong.”
Both McKenna and Mr. Purdy treasured the memorable experience that they had in Kairos and leading K77 brought their relationship closer together.
“It was so incredible to lead with him!” McKenna said. “ It was also so amazing to hear his story again, obviously because it’s kind of my story as well.”
“That was a great time to have a few days together as we were both leading the retreat,” Mr. Purdy stated. “It was a very emotional moment for both of us, so it’s going to be very memorable.”
“For the first 17 years of my life, I had no idea of anything that would happen [on Kairos],” McKenna reflected. “ so being able to experience it and him being able to talk to me about it afterwards helped our relationship a lot.”
The relationship that the Purdy’s have is unique and hard to find. Their involvement in CB activities and friendliness towards others helps make our school the inclusive and charismatic place that it is today.