Congratulations to the following NCCS seniors who have received acceptances to the colleges and universities listed below as of late February: Tobi Abiodun - Auburn University, University of Tennessee Kali Arcemont - Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, University of West Georgia, Kennesaw State University Alex Arnold - Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Auburn University CJ Ayers - Georgia Southern University, Mississippi State University Hyewon Bae - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University Sydney Barnes - University of North Georgia, Reinhardt University Grant Berry - University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University Sarah Beveridge - University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia Sophia Blake - Liberty University Caroline Bohannan - Kennesaw State University, Samford University Katie Boyd - Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University Matthew Brown - Liberty University Kendall Byrd - Kennesaw State University Travis Chance - Anderson University, Shorter University Austin Clark - Kennesaw State University Garrett Conforti - Mississippi State University, Kennesaw State University Kayla Constantine - Bowling Green State University, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Kentucky, University of North Texas, Columbus State University Natalie Cooper - Belmont University, Samford University, DePaul University, St. John's College, The College of Wooster Cierra Cordak - Marymount Manhattan College, University of Georgia Micah Crocker - Liberty University Brianna Daly - Georgia College and State University Camille Darby - Appalachian State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Valdosta State University Jake DeLaughter - SCAD Mallory Dennard - University of Tennessee, Kennesaw State University Adam Doughty - University of Georgia Marjan Eden - Jefferson University, Stetson University Carly Fletcher - University of Mississippi, Georgia College and State University, Kennesaw State University Wy’kia Frelot - SCAD, Georgia State University Purity Gitau - Mercer University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia College and State University, Kennesaw State University Chloe Glass - Elon University, University of Georgia, College of Charleston James Gnann - Mercer University, University of Alabama, University of Georgia Abigail Gowens - Anderson University, Berry College, Georgia College and State University, Samford University, Kennesaw State University Ansley Granato - University of Alabama, University of Tennessee, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Georgia College and State University Bekah Hardin - Lipscomb University, Mercer University, Samford University Hannah Hicks - Lee University, Millsaps College, University of North Georgia, College of Charleston Eric Hiser - Mississippi State University, Georgia Southern University, University of Tennessee, Kennesaw State University James Howard - Georgia Southern University, Mississippi State University Gracie Johnson - Auburn University, Georgia College and State University, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech Abby Knapp - Auburn University, Lee University, Middle Tennessee State University, Berry College, Georgia College, Samford University Celeste Kulin - University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Tampa, University of Mississippi, Oglethorpe University, Augusta University, Georgia College and State University, University of Detroit Mercy Briley Lawson - Truett-McConnell College Anna Lineberry - Liberty University, Western Carolina University, Samford University, Kennesaw State University Alena Loven - Georgia College and State University Kate Luther - Samford University Will Marquess - Mercer University, University of Tennessee, Auburn University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia College and State University, Sewanee, Clemson University Robert Mathis - Auburn University Katelyn McLendon - Berry College, Lee University, University of West Georgia, Shorter University, Kennesaw State University, College of Charleston Gabi Merced - Augusta University, Bryan College Braden Murray - Mercer University, Samford University John Robert Nelson - Mercer University, Auburn University Hunter Norman - Georgia College and State University, Kennesaw State University Cameron Parke - Anderson University, Emory & Henry College, Mississippi College, Auburn University, Lynn University, Mercer University, Randolph College, SCAD, SCAD Atlanta, Berry College, Keiser University, University of Kentucky, Kennesaw State University, University of North Georgia, Rollins College, Furman University, University of North Carolina at Asheville Reece Pascoe - University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi Ellery Payne - University of Alabama, University of Georgia, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy Nate Perrin - Anderson University, Liberty University Reid Peykoff - Kennesaw State University, University of North Georgia Miranda Phillips - Lee University KP Pierre - Georgia Tech Christine Resultan - Point Park University, University of Arizona, Butler University, University of Utah Annika Robbins - Mercer University, Western Carolina University, Samford University Chas Savage - Millsaps College Julia Shipman - Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Ohio University Adriene Singleton - Kennesaw State University Stephen Smith - Berry College, University of West Georgia, Kennesaw State University Grant Stavas - Iowa Western Community College Lauren Strickland - University of North Georgia, Georgia College, Kennesaw State University Rachel Tate - University of Tennessee, Mercer University Faith Thompson - Kennesaw State University, Samford University, Berry College Alex Toole - University of North Georgia, Berry College, Samford University, Baylor University, University of Rhode Island Meg Vo - Adelphi University, University of Georgia, University of the Pacific, University of South Carolina, Mercer University, Stony Brook University Katie Waldron - University of West Georgia, Augusta University, Georgia College and State University, Kennesaw State University Cherokee Walker - Western Carolina University, Anderson University, Sam Houston State University, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, University of West Georgia, Kennesaw State University Christina Warhola - Georgia Southern University, Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State University Luke West - Kennesaw State University, Seton Hall University Amanda Woodstock - University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University Nathaniel Woodward - Auburn University, Kennesaw State University
Preschool Team Attends Conference
Our awesome Preschool team and Emily Heald, Lower School Music Director, spent two days of laughing and learning at the 60th Annual Georgia Preschool Conference, held at the Cobb Galleria Center on March 2 and 3. With many workshops to choose from, our team covered 19 different topics. Workshops included titles such as The Language of Math, Write Out of the Box, How Music Connects with Us, The Four C’s of Helping Children Handle Upsets and STEM in Early Childhood, just to name a few. The conference provided our team with many great ideas as they continue to create a fun, learning environment that is developmentally appropriate for three and four year olds. It was a successful few days filled with laughter and learning, spending time as a team, sharing ideas, and refreshing minds. Lead Preschool teacher Dianne Pile commented about this opportunity - “We are thankful for our amazing team and for our school administrators who encourage us to keep learning, and to be the best we can be.”
Book Fair Returns to NCCS
by Lily King, 10th grade
On February 2, the Scholastic Book Fair came to NCCS for students to buy new books and let their imaginations go to new places. The teachers were treated to a preview breakfast that included a drawing for twenty-five dollars to be spent in the book fair--congratulations to 1st grade teacher Mrs. Nancy Childers for winning! Throughout the fair, every Lower School class got a chance to come and shop. Some books that were a hit at this book fair were Pete the Cat, Puppy Dog Pals, anything Lego and Star Wars. Ms. Speck says, “My favorite thing about the book fair is seeing the students get excited about books. I love [getting a chance to interact] with the younger grades--as only 3rd and up visit the Media Center.” (Younger grades visit the Reading Room regularly to check out books.) It is amazing for NCCS to open up its own little personal bookstore! Over $3,000 was made during the sale and that money will go directly to buying new books, resources, furniture and materials for our Reading Room and Media Center.
Learning a New Language
by Lily King, 10th grade
At NCCS we give students opportunities to learn and be a part of new things. One of those opportunities in the Lower School is giving the students a chance to go to Spanish class and learn a new language. Lupe Guerrero is the Lower School Spanish teacher and she has been working at NCCS for thirteen years. Senora Guerrero loves teaching Spanish for so many reasons. She says, “My favorite thing about teaching Spanish is that I can teach students a different way of thinking, not just different words.” She also loves teaching the students not only how to pray in Spanish, but also how to do it with ease. Senora Guerrero looks forward to the chance to teach the Bible in Spanish as well. She also appreciates that her ability to speak Spanish allows her to help those who need help with language translation at places like stores and at the doctor’s office. She feels like she is “blessed to be able to speak two languages. I can share Jesus with more people because I speak Spanish.” We are so thankful for Senora Guerrero and everything she does to teach the students another language.
NCCS 80’s Date Night
by Lily King, 10th grade
On February 10th, many dads, daughters, moms, and sons all gathered in the gym for a fun date night. This year the theme was the 80’s, so attendees were able to dress up and throw back to the past. There were about eighty-five families who came to have a good time. Mrs. Wallace said, ”We had a create-your-own-sundae bar, we put slinkys and rubik’s cubes on the tables, and we danced. Dancing is the best! We had a mommy-son song/dance and a daddy-daughter song/dance - so cute!” The performance by the Academy Singers was the main event of the night, and the families gathered on the dance floor to dance and hang out together. The Academy Singers sang five songs from their Valentine Cabaret’s set. Mrs. Wallace’s especially loved “knowing that these kids were making some major memories with their parents. It's just beautiful. There were smiles all over the room, and the kids really got into it.” This night is a great way for families to get together with friends and have a great time. Thank you Mrs. Wallace and the Academy Singers for all your hard work to make this night happen!
First Grade Parent University
by Lily King, 10th grade
Many first grade parents recently enjoyed an opportunity to hear from the teachers about all that is going on in first grade. Lead First Grade Teacher Melissa Nelson said, “The First Grade Parent University gave parents an opportunity to get a glimpse into their child's school day. They learned how we teach phonics, reading, and math in first grade at NCCS. They took part in hands-on, interactive activities and left the meeting with strategies they can use at home to help their child.” The night opened up with prayer led by Mrs. Titus, who also explained that the purpose of the meeting was to equip parents with strategies to help their child at home. Then, all of the first grade teachers explained what the students were learning in class. They wanted the students to not only be able to use the skills in class, but to then go further and practice their learning outside of school. If you are a first grade parent, and you missed this meeting, you have another opportunity to attend “First Grade University" on Thursday, March 8 in Mrs. Nelson’s room.
RISE Field Trip to Stone Mountain
To conclude their Mars unit, RISE students in grades 2nd through 4th put on their "spacesuits" and winter gear to visit Snow Mountain! In the classroom, students have been studying Mars for weeks and answered questions such as what is Mars' surface like, what would it take for humans to live on Mars, what role do rovers play in Mars' exploration, how is Mars different from other planets, and much more. RISE students created rovers, problem-solved, researched, collaborated, analyzed, compared and contrasted, and used other critical thinking strategies to find out more about the fourth planet! Finally, students investigated to find out that it snows on Mars! Mars is a cold, rocky planet that is home to the solar system's tallest known mountain, Olympus Mons. Students and RISE parents then ventured to Snow Mountain to weather the cold mountain just like on Mars!
ACSI Math Olympians
Congratulations to the Middle School students who qualified to participate in the ACSI Math Olympics on Monday, February 26, at Unity Christian School! Each of the following students was one of the top 3 scorers in their entire grade level at NCCS within either the Computation or Reasoning category.
5th Grade Computation Mitchell Eckard Adeline Hulsey Grant Pool
5th Grade Reasoning Kaitlin Long Tobi Rotowa (5th place) Rayanne Williams
6th Grade Computation Ryan Bayes (3rd place) Morgan Gordon Elizabeth Turnbough (1st place)
6th Grade Reasoning Luke McArdle (3rd place) Tobias Rupp (2nd place) Sutton Thomas
7th Grade Computation Aidan Punch (5th place) Juan Silva (4th place) Sam Wiedetz (2nd place)
7th Grade Reasoning Bethany Akinola (2nd place) Andrew Clark (4th place) Finley Ross
We are very proud of each participant for the hard work they put into preparing for Math Olympics and for the way they used their gifts in the area of Mathematics for the glory of God!
Feed My Starving Children
By Ella Lawson and Aine Jones, 8th grade
On Friday, March 1, the Middle School Student Government and National Junior Honor Society partnered together for a great cause! The group went to Grace Community Church in Marietta, which is a pop up mobile food packing location for Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit organization that supplies meals to children in need around the world.We didn’t know what to expect before we went, but our eyes were truly opened when we saw how children in other countries are living. They are not even guaranteed one meal a day, where we are fortunate enough to have many meals every day. This was a very humbling experience for all of us when we realized how often we take for granted all that we have.We were able to help by packing meals for children to eat throughout the year. We packed a total of 126 boxes which equals 27,260 meals! This will allow for 74 kids to have a meal every day for an entire year. This opportunity allowed us as students to see the importance of encouraging each other and working together as a team to accomplish our goal. We realize what this food will mean to children across the world and the impact that it will have on their lives. We are so thankful to have been able to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we really saw how God can use us to impact others despite our age and even if they are far away.
Dodge or Fall
by Sara Parker, 11th grade
“The time is finally here. This epic showdown is what legends are made of.” This was the fitting headline of the Dodgeball Tournament fliers passed through the Middle School. Students were given an exciting opportunity to compete as NCCS hosted the annual Middle School Dodgeball Tournament. Middle school students who wanted to participate had to make a team of seven, come up with a team name, and choose a team song. A winner for best dressed/most spirited was recognized, as well as the overall winner. “Ball of Duty 3” was the winning team and “The Unicorns” won as best dressed team. Families were welcome to join in on the fun and the gym was packed with enthusiastic fans to cheer on the teams.
by Sara Parker, 11th grade
We are proud to spotlight one of this year’s new teachers, Mrs. Carrie Peterson, who teaches Spanish. Mrs. Peterson is teaching both Middle and Upper School classes and though she is new to us this year, she has taught for a total of eighteen years. Mrs. Peterson says she knew she wanted to be a teacher as early as fourth grade. As she "grew closer in [her] walk with Jesus it quickly became evident that He was calling [her] to be a teacher.” Mrs. Peterson has dedicated her career to fulfilling this calling. Her favorite thing about teaching is when students “get it.” She often uses many illustrations and examples to get the translations across to students. Her favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. She likes this verse so much because she feels she has “seen God's hand upon [her] life in various situations, and [knows] that whatever we are facing, that God is has a plan for each of us!” She states, “I believe that God uses the difficult times to help us grow and rely on Him. He wants us to prosper and grow closer to Him while we're on this earth.” We are so thankful that Mrs. Peterson has joined the NCCS family this year!
by Keeghan Bevars, 5th grade
In fifth grade history, we have been learning about ancient China. Our teacher, Mrs. Capes, had two of our international students from eastern Asia come in and talk about what it’s like living in the area of Taiwan and China. They asked us some questions and we got a chance to ask them questions as well. Having them come was a very fun experience for our class! It was a wonderful idea and a very exciting class period. I think that next time Mrs. Capes teaches about ancient China, she should definitely have the students from China and Taiwan come again!
State Swim Meet - Follow Up
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
This year’s swim season was successful for several members of the Varsity swim team as they attended the 2018 State Meet held at Georgia Tech, with Prelims on Friday, February 2 and Finals on Saturday, February 3. Swimming a 200 Medley Relay and placing 14th in division 1-3A were Daniel Clark, Seth Carden, KP Pierre, and Zach Cerio (with Mason Holbrook swimming in Prelims and alternate for the relay.) Junior Seth Carden qualified for a few individual events, such as the 200 IM, where he placed 6th in 1-3A, and the 100 Fly, where he placed 5th in 1-3A. Another Junior, Daniel Clark, also qualified for two individual events, 200 IM, placing 12th in 1-3A and 100 Back, placing 6th in 1-3A. Daniel Clark tells us that “it takes a lot of work and dedication to get to State, but it’s worth it. Every late practice and busy weekend throughout the season helped to get [him] there.” We are very proud of our varsity swimmers for a great season, and we can’t wait to see how they do in the years to come.
A, Like, Totally Tubular Valentine’s
by Abby Knapp, 12th grade
Each year, the Academy Singers host the annual Valentine’s Cabaret. This year, the theme was the 80’s! The decade had arguably the best music of all time, and the show featured classics such as: “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, and “I Love Rock and Roll”. The singers, led by Mrs. Wallace, outdo themselves every year. As guests arrived, they were greeted by Valentine-themed desserts in the lobby, and the whole FAB was decorated with 80’s staples. Each song included solos and 80’s dance moves. Overall, it was definitely a flashback to a more neon time of life! For our seniors - Brianna Daly, Louis Kondratev, and Faith Thompson - the event was bittersweet, as it was their last Cabaret and one of their last shows as seniors. Valentine’s Cabaret, like, totally threw us back to the era of neon and hairspray; we’ll miss our seniors next year!
Basketball Season Wrap-Up
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
This year’s Varsity Basketball season started in November with practices followed by their first game on November 17th. Throughout the season, the boys worked hard to improve and maintain their skills on the court. A lot of heart and long hours has been put into the season and they headed into State playoffs with a 22-5 record. The team consists of six seniors: Myles Hamilton, Chas Savage, Nathan Perrin, Kennedy Howery, Eric Hiser, and Hunter Norman, three juniors, four sophomores, and two managers. Senior Hunter Norman tells us that “This year's season has been different than the past ones. We have won a lot but stumbled a bit along the way. This season we had multiple weapons on offense and anyone on our team could get hot. This season has been a roller coaster with all the ups and downs, but great teams will always face challenges. At the end of the day, we are all brothers and I love my team.” Varsity Head Coach, Greg Matta, tells us that he is proud of how hard the team worked for state yet again this year. He also notes that “our school has an amazingly supportive student section at all the games, no matter how far.” We are very proud of our basketball team for a great season!
Spiritual Emphasis Week
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
This year’s Spiritual Emphasis week was led by Brent Shoemaker, a pastor from Marietta City Church. Brent started off the week by talking about labels; how we get them, how they affect us, what they cause us to do, and how hiding them away with lies only makes it worse. He followed it up on Tuesday talking about shame and guilt; how they are different and how shame stems from hiding the labels. He talked about how guilt says, “I’ve done something wrong” and shame says, “I am something wrong.” Brent then allowed people to name their labels, so they don’t have to feel the shame of hiding them anymore. He invited the student body to walk to the front where he had laid out mirrors and markers, and write down their label. When he returned Wednesday, he addressed what the Bible says about the labels and the labels that God gives us--things like precious, loved, beautiful, warrior, and clean. Again he invited the students to come forward to write on the mirrors, but this time to cross out the previous label and write down one of the labels God speaks over them. Finally on Thursday, Brent addressed the topic of identity, how we find our identity in worldly things like sports, relationships, and gossip. He used a visual to demonstrate how we need to be finding our identity in God, because he makes us feel whole in a way none of the other things can.As a school we are very fortunate to be able to dedicate a week for a speaker to come in and share with us. Junior Chloe Go tells us “Spiritual emphasis week means alot to me because it’s a time to gather together and worship God and learn and grow in His word.” Overall it was a very impactful and meaningful week for our Middle and Upper School students.
All School Worship
by Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
Spiritual Emphasis Week is something that the middle and upper school students at NCCS always look forward to. As we have done for the past few years, Spiritual Emphasis Week closed with an All School Worship Chapel on Friday, February 16. The worship songs were led by Matt Wilson, a worship leader at North Metro Church and Caroline Fidell from Marietta City Church. One song that stuck out to 8th grader Isabella Gilstrap was “Build My Life”--“The last song, ‘Build my Life,’ hit hard. I love when it talks about building my life on Him because He is the firm foundation. A lot of times we build our lives on things that will only hold us up temporarily, but God is not temporary, He is the firm foundation that we need.” Nathan Wright, Student Life Director, pointed out how many people were in the room and then reminded us that God sees us all, knows us all, and loves us all. Senior Stephen Smith commented that while looking around as the whole school worshipped in the gym together, he “can't help but smile.” All school worship chapel is always an amazing time for our NCCS family to join together in worship and praise.
GHSA Region Literary Meet
Congratulations to the following students for a job well done at the GHSA Literary Meet region competition: Brianna Daly, Faith Thompson, and Erika Johnson brought home 2nd place in Girls Trio. Brianna Daly won 2nd place in Girls Solo. Louis Kondratev, Eli Thomas , Nate Ellis, and Carter Guarino won 1st place in Quartet, and Eli Thomas won 1st place in Boys Solo.
All 4 divisions are advancing to state and will compete on Saturday, March 17, at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. We are so proud of all of you!
NCCS Junior Artwork on Display
Congratulations to NCCS junior Elise Allen, a member of the Academy of the Visual Arts, who was featured this past weekend in an artist reception at the Turquoise Otter on Main Street in Kennesaw, where her artwork is currently on display.
NCCS Students Participate in Piano Adjudication
On Saturday, March 3, twenty-nine students who take piano from Mr. Roger Brink, Piano Instructor in our NCCS Private Lesson Program, were judged at the 2018 National Federation Festival Piano Adjudication. Judges consisted of college music professors and others who have earned degrees in piano performance.Students prepared two selections by memory and did a great job with their performances, with twenty-seven students receiving the highest rating of “Superior” and two receiving the next highest rating of “Excellent.” With only five points separating the two ratings, everyone was extremely successful.This year’s 2018 Award Winners are:
Bethany Akinola Avery Bayes Matthew Bayes Ryan Bayes Ashley Blair Benjamin Brink Samuel Brink Kate Butler Aden Canty Christophe Cesar Allie Contreras Bryanna Forbes Allie Galifianakis Maddie Jones Lili Li
Doug Long Kaitlin Long Abigail Malak Samuel Malak Emmi McKenzie Luke Meier Bailey Morrow Miranda Parker Christina Roache Misa Rogregues Madison Shuler Mackenzie Stahl Arta Tabrizi Kaleb Trowell
Each year, the each judge is asked to choose three students, who, during the day, performed at an exceptional level. These awards are called the “Top Performer Award.” At this year’s festival, Samuel Brink received this special honor. We are so proud of all of our Lesson Program students and look forward to many more success stories in the years to come.
New Middle School Football Coaches
We are pleased to announce the addition of two Middle School coaches for next year:
Raymond Priester will be joining us as our new 7th/8th grade head football coach. Coach Priester has been working with local youth football programs for a number of years. He had an outstanding college career as a running back at Clemson University and is currently the all-time leading rusher in Clemson history.
Mack Baul will be joining our staff as an assistant football coach with the 7th/8th grade program. Coach Baul has also been working with local youth programs and has partnered with Coach Priester in helping develop young men on and off the field. Coach Baul played quarterback at Georgia Southern University.
Please join us in welcoming Coach Priester and Coach Baul to our football program!
Congratulations to the following student-athletes for their recent recognition:
- Freshman Nate Watson for the being selected for the Adversity Award for Cobb County Wrestler's Association. Nate will be honored on Monday, March 12 at the CCWA Awards Ceremony at Lassiter High School. Additionally Nate has received All County Honorable Mention.
- Senior Sharece Morton made the 2nd Team All-Region for Varsity Girls Basketball.
- Sophomore Mary Claire Norman was an Honorable Mention for All-Region this year for Varsity Girls Basketball.
We are so proud of these athletes! Great job representing NCCS!
NCCS School Record Broken
Congratulations to Robert Mathis, Kyle Pierre, Connor Constantine, & CJ Ayers on breaking a 2013 NCCS school record in the 4x400 Relay on Saturday, February 24, at the Cartersville Invitational! The previous record was 3:40.58 and the official time for this year’s team was 3:38.88! Way to go, guys!
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