Welcome, NCCS Alumni!

The North Cobb Christian School alumni network consists of 800 graduates living across the U.S. and around the globe.
The alumni program exists to provide a sense of legacy and pride for our graduates, as well as to encourage ongoing involvement at the school. We also want to help our alumni stay connected to each other beyond graduation.DorseyTara

We would love to hear from you! If you have suggestions for alumni engagement opportunities, questions about the Alumni Association, or an update to include in our alumni news, please contact Tara Dorsey

Alumni Board

The North Cobb Christian School Alumni Board sets the vision and goals for the Alumni program and helps with event planning and outreach. If you are interested in serving please contact Tara Dorsey.

Alumni Board Members

Cheston McAllister '01
Kenan Knight '02
Caleb Jones '03
David Nicholas '04
Mary Kuipers David '05
Nataley Raines Childers '06
Victoria Westland Schneider '09
Akil Marrow '10

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We want to stay in touch! Please click here to register your name in the alumni database and give us your current contact information. Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

As alumni, you have a unique opportunity to give back to the school and help the students that are currently here by contributing to the Annual Fund. It's a great way to build a legacy and to show your pride in NCCS! The great thing about the Annual Fund is that any amount helps out. There is truly no insignificant gift. If you'd like to give, you can click here to do so.

Special thanks to our 2015-2016 Alumni Annual Fund Co-chairs:
Cheston McAllister ('01)
Ashley White ('02)
Brianna Westland ('11)

Alumni Events

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Alumni Spotlights

Victoria Schneider, NCCS Class of 2009Victoria Schneider

Victoria {Westland} Schneider, a 2009 NCCS graduate, has been married to Ian Schneider since March of 2012. In 2014, Victoria and Ian founded a lifestyle/photography website called The Southern Trunk (thesoutherntrunk.com). Their mission for the website is simply stated, “We want to inspire others to see that what makes life wonderful is not always the new and the shiny, but the things that tell stories and can be found in an old trunk. It is our hope to capture a small glimpse into not only makes the south so irresistible, but also to highlight the beauty of its simplicity and authenticity.”

Victoria also works part-time as the marketing director for The Cooper Firm in Marietta. In December of 2015, Ian and Victoria had baby boy Cove. Ian and Victoria have always loved to travel, and now they are enjoying taking Cove along with them on their adventures! They all attend Four Points Church in Acworth, where Victoria and Ian both volunteer. Victoria is also a member of the inaugural North Cobb Christian School Alumni Board.

Kendyll Romine, NCCS Class of 2014Kendyll Romine

Kendyll Romine, NCCS class of 2014 graduate, is heading into her junior year at Savannah College of Art and Design where she is studying motion media design. This year she has been working on a Ladies of Theatre project, drawing a different female musical theatre character for every day of 2016. The drawings have been featured on major theatre websites like Playbill.com and BroadwayWorld.com and by many members of the theatre community, including well-known Broadway actresses. You can see the drawings for her entire project at ladiesoftheatre.tumblr.com.

Kendyll has also used her study of motion media design to give back at NCCS. She has designed and animated the scenic projections for the spring musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Shrek the Musical. This summer, Kendyll is spending most of her time directing the NCCS Alumni Show, Godspell, with several of her fellow alumni and friends. “It’s a project I’ve wanted to do for a while and I’ve loved coming back home to do theater again with old friends! Godspell is about the formation of a community through the love of Jesus, and we can't wait to celebrate with the community that fostered that love in us for so many years.”

Akil Marrow, NCCS Class of 2010

Akil Marrow

Akil Marrow, a 2010 NCCS graduate, graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a concentration in Accounting. He went on to get his Masters in Accounting at Auburn in 2015 as he prepared for and took all sections of the CPA exam. Akil passed all four sections of the exam on the first try - a feat that only about 20% of testers accomplish! While getting his masters degree, Akil interned with Ernst & Young, where he signed on full-time as a staff 1 auditor upon completion of his degree and CPA exam. Akil has also served on the North Cobb Christian School Alumni Board since February of 2016.

Emily Bless, NCCS Class of 2012

Emily Bless, 2012 NCCS alum, graduated from Mercer University in May with an international affairs and French double-major and a minor in Spanish. While she was at Mercer, Emily was involved with the Model Arab League for three years. In November of 2014, she was invited to participate in the Qatar Study Visit Exchange and Malone Fellowship offered by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. She spent 12 days in Qatar meeting with government officials, civil society actors, educators, students, businesspeople, and journalists.Emily Bless

In addition to all of her work in the Model Arab League, she was also involved in and held a few leadership positions in Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Le Cercle Français, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Order of Omega. In spring of 2016, she was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

After Emily graduated from Mercer, she was accepted into the Teach for America program. She will be teaching special education in an under-resourced public school in South Carolina.

“I’m so honored to have received this opportunity to work with Teach For America and serve others,” said Emily. “Teach For America is such a wonderful organization, which seeks not only to serve students and families, but to raise the level of debate about inequality within our education system. The organization’s passion to further this debate and to personally change the education system is one of the major reasons I applied and a passion I hope to further throughout the future.”

Emily & Blake Goss, NCCS Classes of 2002 & 2003Emily Blake Goss

Emily (Lawler) is a graduate from the class of 2002, and Blake is a graduate from the class of 2003. Emily and Blake met at North Cobb Christian School and dated throughout high school and college. They have been married for almost 10 years, and have three children: Gavin (7), Brittan (4), and Myla (2).

Blake is the worship pastor at Freedom Church, which they helped launch in 2008. “We have been blessed to see thousands of lives changed as it has grown over the years,” says Blake. “We now meet at two locations on Sundays, with an Acworth and Kennesaw campus.” In addition to music and production, Blake also oversees global missions. He and Emily are extremely passionate about the people of Haiti, and led a missions trip there last November. Blake will be leading [the church’s] 3rd mission trip to Haiti during May.

On April 15, Blake released his latest worship album titled "Unveiled." “This is a collection of songs written from Scripture that I was excited to write and record with Ed and Scott Cash. Ed is a six-time Dove award-winning Producer of the Year and it was such an honor to work with him again,” explains Blake. The heart of Unveiled is 2 Corinthians 3:18: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord.”

“My desire for this album is two-fold,” says Blake. “First, that people far from God would have the veil pulled back from their eyes to see the glory of the Lord and place their faith in Jesus. In addition, I want those who have a relationship with Jesus to experience the fullness of His presence and worship Him with unveiled eyes.”

Blake has prayed for God to give him the platform to use his passion for music to impact his passion for missions. And the Lord has answered those prayers. At the CD release concert Blake and Emily were able to see almost an entire orphanage in Haiti sponsored by the attendees. “The lives of these Haitian children being changed, as well as those who placed their faith in Jesus at the release concert, were the vision for this album coming to fruition,” says Blake. “Scripture says God’s Word does not return void. I love that when His Word is put to melody that truth still reigns!”

Davis Richardson, NCCS Class of 2011

This article was originally published in The Bison: A Harding University Student Publication by David Salley
See the original article here: http://thelink.harding.edu/the-bison/davis-richardson%E2%80%99s-leap-faith

Not everyone finds their path to Harding right off of the bat. Senior Davis Richardson would be the first to tell you that coming to Searcy, Arkansas, was not in his original plan. A promising high school catcher from the talent-rich area of Davis Harding BaseballAtlanta, Richardson’s biggest goal for as long as he could remember was to play college baseball at its highest level. After committing to the College of Charleston out of high school, intent on fulfilling those dreams of playing DI baseball, Richardson found himself on the outside looking in, both on the field and in the classroom.

“When I was 10 years old my dream was to play DI baseball, so I jumped at the first opportunity I had out of high school when I got that offer from Charleston,” Richardson said. “And I don’t think it was a mistake. I think my time there was huge and was a big part of my personal development that God was calling me to. But it was also a source of pride, which is something I’ve always struggled with.”

While his passion for baseball was unquestioned, Richardson had another passion as well: architecture. His desire to build and create is something he said has been instilled in him for years.
“I think one of the coolest things that God gave us the opportunity to do is to create,” Richardson said. “He is the ultimate creator, and he has made us in his image and given us the ability to create beautiful things. I think that he’s given us just a fraction of that, and it’s a really cool way that we can reflect a little bit of his glory.”

But the College of Charleston was not able to provide an outlet for Richardson’s passion for architecture and his aspiration to study it. He quickly found himself stuck with a major in “preservation of historical buildings.” He was also stuck down the depth chart of catchers for the Cougars. Frustrated by his classes and unable to see playing time in his future, Richardson decided to explore other options and was determined to make things work in both areas on the second go-round. He drew interest from Ivy League schools like the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, as well as bigger DI schools like the University of Cincinnati, all while searching for the right blend of athletics and academics. Unbeknownst to him, another school lacking an architecture program would prove to be the perfect fit. “For whatever reason, I just really felt like I needed to reach out to Harding,” Richardson said. “But when I realized they didn’t have architecture, I figured they were off of the list. That’s when they told me about the interior design program.”

Although initially hesitant to major in interior design, Richardson ultimately decided to swallow his pride and follow the pull he felt towards Harding. “I think God was really trying to teach me a little bit of a lesson in humility and saying, ‘It’s not about being a DI baseball player — it’s about doing what you love and doing it in a place that’s right, with people that you care about.” Following that call has proved to be a wise choice. Since he enrolled in the spring of 2013, Richardson has had unquestioned success behind the plate for the Bisons baseball team. A career .307 hitter with a .988 fielding percentage and 15 homeruns to his credit, he was named First Team All-Great American Conference (GAC) in 2015, as well as the 2015 GAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Along the way, he has developed close relationships with his teammates and coaches, whom he says have made his playing experience better than it could have been anywhere else.

“I’m really glad I came to Harding and didn’t let (pride) get in the way,” Richardson said. “My teammates are family to me. It wasn’t that way in Charleston. I had some great teammates, but it wasn’t a family. (Harding) is a very special place. You hear that a lot, but it really is. The baseball team has been very special to me and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Equally as important as his success on the diamond has been his time in the interior design program. A 4.0 student throughout college, Richardson said having a chance to further his understanding of design while also playing baseball at a place like Harding has opened his eyes to seeing God in his passion for architecture.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned (from both baseball and interior design) is attention to detail,” Richardson said. “A famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had a saying that ‘God is in the details.’ I firmly believe in that — especially in architecture — because I believe that it is in those details that structures and buildings really come to life.”

Although his baseball career will come to an end this spring, Richardson’s journey towards becoming an architect will continue this fall at the University of Texas School of Architecture, where he will pursue his graduate degree over the next four years. Richardson said he is amazed when he remembers that none of it would have been possible without coming to a DII school that lacked an architecture program. “I think some people have a really cool testimony, but it was never a drastic moment for me where God said, ‘You need to go to Harding, play baseball and study architecture,’” Richardson said. “But when I look back, one of the coolest things has been seeing how circumstances and opportunities have come about, that God has then used to mold me.”

More info on Davis from the NCCS Soaring Magazine:

Davis will graduate from Harding University in May 2016 with a degree in Interior Design, and will continue on to grad school for a Masters in Architecture. He received first team Capital One Academic All-America honors and went on to be named as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Great America Conference (Division II).

Davis spent last summer in Boulder, Colorado where he interned at Caddis Architecture and played baseball for the Boulder Collegians, a summer college team.

Davis has also been involved with HU service projects, including Miracle League of Little Rock and the West Side Elementary School reading program.

Brooke Ranson

Brooke Ranson, NCCS Class of 2015

Brooke Ranson, a 2015 NCCS graduate, is spending her spring semester in the Disney College Program. The program recruits college students to spend a semester long (or more) paid internship with the Walt Disney Company, and it even counts for college credit at many schools. There are many different options of jobs within the program: custodial, hotel concierge, Fairy-Godmother-in-Training at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, working attractions, food service, and much more.

Out of all of the possibilities, Brooke has the most sought after position. She works as a character performer in the entertainment department, which is the only internship position you have to audition for. We can’t say exactly what Brooke’s role is, but we’ll just say most days she’s sporting ears and a tail.

“Being a character performer in Walt Disney World has always been my dream as long as I can remember,” says Brooke. “Not going to lie, I probably have the coolest job at Disney World. I interact with and perform for hundreds of guests each day. I am friends with the most beloved and adored characters that everyone knows! The best part is, when I am not working, I can go play in the Disney parks for free! I've enjoyed my time here in the Disney College Program and I encourage everyone to follow their dreams, because they really do come true!”

Ethan Kraft, NCCS Class of 2013Ethan Kraft

Ethan Kraft, a 2013 NCCS graduate, attends Seton Hall University in New Jersey. When he’s not in class, he has the best interning jobs ever. Ethan spent Spring 2015 as an intern on the Breaking News desk at CNBC, NBC's financial news network. From there, he moved on to Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he was a writer's intern. His job was to find the news stories that the show's writers used for jokes in the monologue. “The coolest part was seeing my words on the show each night,” Ethan says.

Currently, Ethan is a production and writer's intern at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His main job is supporting the entire staff for projects and as-needed tasks. He also has the opportunity to stand-in for rehearsals and help process the audiences coming in for Jimmy's monologue rehearsal.

“I've really enjoyed my time at the show, as the staff is extremely welcoming and friendly,” says Ethan. “It's great to hear their experiences and how they got into the industry, especially because many of them started out in [the interns'] shoes. Late night comedy is where I'd like to end up, so making connections in the small world of late night is very helpful. The Tonight Show has one of the best workplace environments I've had the opportunity to witness, and I wouldn't trade my experiences there for anything.”

Niamh Caffrey Wilkins, NCCS Class of 2012

Written by Niamh, featured on the Rue Olivier website. To read more and to see all of the absolutely gorgeous photos, click here.Niamh Caffrey Wilkins

Two months before our wedding ceremony was set to take place in Georgia, Ethan and I finally admitted something very important - we weren't planning a wedding that we actually wanted. We wanted our wedding day to be focused not on caterers and planning every last small detail, but rather on the covenant we would be making with one another and most importantly - with God. We wanted to spend the day with one another and have time to reflect and worship God together. We wanted to remember the day as relaxed, reverent, and absolutely adventurous. So we bought some plane tickets to Iceland, called off our wedding, and started making plans.

Two years prior to eloping, I visited Iceland with my dad and we spent a good bit of time driving around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. One of my very favorite spots from the whole trip ended up being the little church in Hellnar. I took a picture of it, got it framed, and it has been in our living room ever since. I never would have thought that I would be getting married at that church, but that's exactly what happened!

My family was so wonderful throughout the whole thing. They guided and helped us but allowed us to have all of the say in how we wanted the whole day to go down. Our photographer, Cole from Nordica Photography, met with us the morning of our wedding over some coffee to learn about us and what our vision was for the day. Gunnar, our new friend who performed the ceremony, spent the day with us as well and provided many laughs (and Icelandic language lessons). Flexibility was certainly the name of the game and made the day go seamlessly. We were so blessed by the people who surrounded us and their commitment to helping us fulfill our wedding day desires.

While planning our wedding in the states, I was adamant about not wanting to have a 'first look'. However, after choosing to elope, we realized that there really was no way around seeing each other before the ceremony and decided to have one. Ethan picked the spot - a beautiful field behind the guest house we rented - and it turned out to be so perfect. The foggy mountains in the background really set the tone of the day. Mysterious and beautiful - just begging for an adventure and an epic, memorable day.
Ethan even brought his guitar out to the field and we were able to have such a sweet time of worship and reflection. It was so surreal to be singing praises to God in such a beautiful place.
We soon headed to the church together to finally get married. Although it was freezing and I shivered (and cried) my way through the whole thing, it was exactly the wedding ceremony that I never knew I wanted. There was absolutely no stress and Ethan and I were able to rest in the knowledge that everyone surrounding us was completely in support of us and our marriage. That's how it should be!
After the ceremony, Cole snapped some family pictures and then said "Alright, let's go!" and ran off to the car. He was on a mission and drove like someone straight out of a James Bond movie. We had so much fun with him and trusted him completely (both with driving up a glacier and taking our wedding pictures!). He fulfilled the "absolutely adventurous" part of our elopement wishlist and we are so glad to have met him!
So here is just a glimpse of the most memorable day we've yet experienced. We feel so thankful to have met such wonderful, creative people throughout our time in Iceland and to have had the wedding day of our dreams!
 

Brittany Lang Neal, NCCS Class of 2001Brittany Lang Neal

NCCS graduate Brittany (Lang) Neal, from the class of 2001, currently lives in Powder Springs, GA with her husband Darrell. They have four children: Ashlyn (8), Malaya (6), Asher (4), and Lockett-Mercy (9m). Darrell is a panel fabricator for Peachtree Protective Covers, and Brittany owns Brittany Neal Photography.

“I have always been an artist,” says Brittany. “After having my own children I wanted to leave the 9-to-5 world and be there daily with them. I decided to take the creative spirit and gifts God blessed me with to build a business. I love taking a journalistic approach and capturing memories when they happen rather than MAKING them happen.”

Brittany is currently in the beginning stages of becoming a doula to assist in labor and delivery for women seeking natural and/or water births. She plans to offer birth stories using photography along with her doula services. Having had three water births herself, Brittany loved the process and wants to support other women trying to do the same. She also keeps very busy homeschooling all four of their children and loves that she has the opportunity to be home with them. Brittany and Darrell were involved in planting the The Factory Church in Woodstock with the pastor that married them, Keith Norman. They are very involved at the church, helping to fulfill the church’s mission of making disciples the other six days.

Brianna Westland, NCCS Class of 2011

In Fall 2015, Brianna participated in the Kennesaw State University Italian Language Immersion program in Tuscany. During a three month semester, she learned Italian at Il Sasso Italian Language School in the beautiful, renaissance town of Montepulciano. Through a community outreach project, she taught several classes of English language and American Culture at a local high school. Brianna also participated in cultural courses and experiences Brianna Westlandin Italian food, art, history, music, agriculture, and traditions. Some of her favorite cultural activities included taking Italian cooking class, exploring Tuscan gardens, enjoying community festivals, drinking a morning espresso at a local café, getting to know the locals, and traveling to explore the rich history in Italian cities. During her time in Italy, Brianna was able to visit and observe voice classes at the Conservatorio di Musica L'Aquila with vocal professor Mariangela Di Giamberardino. Through this experience, she was able to see the importance that classical music has in the lives of the students and professors.

“Music is an important part of Italian culture,” says Brianna. “So I found the parallel between music and the Italian language beautiful and intriguing. I believe that languages have many connections to music. Both music and language have rhythms, patterns, shape, and phrasing. Learning languages and music both rely on listening closely.”

Brianna hopes to incorporate what she learned in Italy about languages into her study of music and as she pursues music in her career. “I believe that my experience in Italy has made an impact on me personally and academically,” she explains. “While living and studying in Italy, I not only learned a lot about the culture, people, and language, but I learned a lot about myself in the process. Through the experience, I have had the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective. God has taught me to continually rest in Him and trust in His promises. In the future, I hope to continue studying Italian and learning about Italian culture. I hope to continue to develop as a global citizen and use what I’ve learned in Italy for my future life decisions. In looking back on my time at NCCS, I am thankful for the Christ centered education I received from a wonderful community of teachers, staff, and fellow students. Throughout my college, travel, and life experiences, I realized how thankful I am for the faith and relationship I have with God and the strong Biblical foundation I received while at North Cobb Christian School.”

Brianna is a senior at Kennesaw University, pursuing a degree in Vocal Music. Following her graduation, she plans to continue her education in vocal performance in graduate school.

David Nicholas, NCCS Class of 2004David Nicholas

North Cobb Christian School 2004 graduate David Nicholas is the president and founder of Nicholas Wealth Management, a full-service investment and financial planning firm in Atlanta, Georgia. He is curently pursuing his Masters (M.S.) in Financial Planning from the University of Georgia.

David also hosts “Protecting Your Retirement” radio show, which airs at 10am every Saturday and Sunday on 640 AM. During his tenure as a radio host, he has had the privilege of interviewing titans of business and politics, including Steve Forbes, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Ed Meese, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

David was selected as one of 25 individuals in the Atlanta area to be a member of the Buckhead Coalition’s Diplomatic Leadership Corps, a one-time honor given in recognition of the coalition’s 25th anniversary. He also was named one of Atlanta’s “Power 30 Under 30” individuals by the Apex Society. David’s opinions and commentaries have been featured on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto, TheBlaze with Glenn Beck and AOL’s Daily Finance.

David married wife Kristin in March of 2015, and they live in Atlanta. They attend Church of the Apostles, where David teaches an adult Sunday School class called "What the Founders Knew."

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