The NCCS Upper School Journalism Class shares one special word that sums up what NCCS means to each of them:
"FAMILY" Isabella Moore 11th Grade
The Oxford Dictionary defines family as “a group of people related by blood or marriage.” My time at NCCS has taught me that that definition is incorrect. A family is a group of people who care about you unconditionally. Before I came to NCCS, I would say my family consisted of my literal immediate family, but since I moved here, it has grown significantly. Moving to a new place and enrolling in a new school half way through the year as a 7th grader was bound to be hard. I was afraid that I wouldn't make any friends and that no one would like me, but right away I was welcomed. On the first day of school, I found that I fit perfectly into what is now my current friend group. It wasn't just the students, but the teachers too. I found that the teachers really cared about me and what grade I got in their classes. They went above and beyond to make sure I understood the curriculum, and they invested in my life as a person. I slowly began to realize that this wasn’t just a school--it was a family, and I was glad to be a part of it.
"BELONGING" Kate Cunningham 11th Grade
I have always had a sense of belonging at NCCS. Even before my first day, I was already accepted into the NCCS family and had friends. My relationships with my friends, teachers, and God began to grow on that first day and still continues to grow today. I feel that I belong at NCCS and that no other place would be a better fit for me. The teachers and students provide me support, comfort and encouragement even on my hardest days. While this is a place of belonging, it is also a place that holds me accountable for my actions and faith. This school is my home away from home. It has taught me many things and provided me with many relationships. The NCCS family was so quick to make me feel accepted and like I belonged, and I am so thankful for that because I know that because of the NCCS family, I have grown in every aspect of my life.
"CHALLENGE" Sara Parker 11th Grade
Coming to North Cobb Christian School my sophomore year was honestly one of the most challenging decisions I made and faced in my life. Education is the one thing I have always valued in my life and wanted to succeed in and I wasn't doing that prior to NCCS. Once I moved to NCCS, I quickly realized how big of a change I had just made. Students and teachers really cared about what they were learning or teaching. It was a new challenge to put so much effort into my work and then it felt rewarding to see teachers put in the equal amount of effort. I was surprised by the learning curve I faced, because my previous efforts at my old school were not going to be enough to meet the standards at NCCS. Yet, I am all the more satisfied with being at NCCS, because I know my education is growing further than it would have previously and I am being challenged to succeed in all areas.
"OPPORTUNITIES" Lily King 10th Grade
NCCS is a school that gives its students many opportunities. I moved here from Scotland when I was only 6 years old, so I was very nervous about my new home and school. Coming to NCCS made me feel very welcomed and at peace. Coming here has allowed me to be a part of so many things that I might not have been able to take part in elsewhere. I have enjoyed being a part of three sports, and I was even able to find the sport that I succeed best in. I have also been given many opportunities to participate in many musicals at NCCS. I have been in the annual musical since fourth grade, and I have been able to play many different roles. One of my favorite shows was The Sound of Music, where I was able to play the part of Marta Von Trapp. NCCS also has given me many academic options by providing great clubs, classes, and education. I have been able to take my learning to a new level. North Cobb Christian gives students opportunities like no other!
"ORIGIN" Abby Knapp 12th Grade
The dictionary defines “origin” as “the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived.” After 13 years at NCCS, it is truly my origin. I have had friends arise, my faith begin, and my education derived from Christian principles. This school is the origin of who I am and who I will continue to be. It was here that I became the person, student and child of God that I am. It was also here that I met teachers who encouraged me to grow year by year. I know God placed this school in my life to prune me for His work. As I prepare to branch out and leave, my origin will always be firmly rooted in NCCS.
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