At North Cobb Christian School, we take our mission seriously to “train up a child in the way they should go, that when they are old they will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). So, it’s always fascinating and incredibly rewarding for us to catch up with our alumni years after they’ve flown the NCCS Eagle’s nest to see how this promise of God has played out in their lives. This summer, we journeyed to the heart of the Big Apple to check in with eight former students who are thriving in NYC.
The first alumni story we’d like to share from our travels is with Sarah Gold (’11), who attended NCCS from 2nd through 12th grades and was active in the arts programs. She’s now a professional dancer and model in NYC. (Most recently, she danced in West Side Story, performing at the 360-rotating theater at IHI Stage Around Tokyo!)
So, how do Sarah’s years at North Cobb Christian School continue to impact her today as a world-class performer? Here’s what she has to say about it:
Q | What was unique about your experience at NCCS, which impacted your current career?
SG | I’m a dancer in New York City right now, so I was heavily involved in dancing the entire time I attended NCCS. Back then, they had a program called NASOTA [North Atlanta School of the Arts], which is kind of an extension of what the [NCCS] Academics are now. I was very involved in my studio, but it was cool that I also got to dance at North Cobb Christian, as well. So that established my foundation.
I got really involved in North Cobb Christian’s musical theater performances, as well. [NCCS Director of the Arts] Mr. Hendrix gave me the opportunity to choreograph a lot of school musicals, so I got to explore my choreography brain, if you will, before I even went to college or before I even moved to New York. That was a really cool experience. I got to choreograph Aminesis, I helped with Annie, I helped with Seussical and Beauty and the Beast. So that was an awesome experience.
Q | Are there any lessons you learned while at NCCS that still impact your life today?
SG | One of the things that stuck with me from North Cobb Christian is that [the school] gave me a foundation of faith that has carried me until now. As elementary of an idea as it is, it allowed me to store God’s words in my heart without me even realizing it. Oftentimes, we would have Bible classes and would memorize scripture, and I think at the time, you’re thinking, “I have to memorize this verse, and the punctuation has to be right, and the spelling has to be right.” But even as a 26-year-old now in NYC, I’ll have Bible studies or go to church, or I’ll even be in a moment where I’ll need that word for my life, and that’s something that still rings true. It goes back to the 4th, 5th, 6th grade when I had to memorize scripture, and now it’s hidden in my heart. I think that’s something I found really important. North Cobb Christian gave me a basis for my faith that gives me the foundation that I needed.
Q | What class or teacher specifically impacted you the most?
SG | As we got older, one of the things I really remember, which my brother and I still talk about a lot, is our Apologetics class [with Dr. Hedges] our senior year. At the time, it’s a very challenging course, almost a collegiate-level course that we’re getting when we’re 17 – 18 years old. It was teaching us how to defend our faith and allowing us to challenge ourselves and why we believe what we believe. These are things that you’re going to get asked living in a city like New York City, where there are a lot of people who I’m surrounded by on the daily that don’t believe in Jesus and don’t know his love. Having a course like that, where I was challenged to be able to speak to people with different belief systems, allows me to open up and really hear them, but know my truth and know why I believe what I believe. That’s definitely something I got from North Cobb Christian School.
Q | After graduating from NCCS, you didn’t go straight to NYC, though. Tell us about that next chapter.
SG | I ended up going to college at Oklahoma City University. I was a dance major there, so I have a major in dance with a bachelor’s of performing arts and a minor in history. Deciding where I was going to college, we got to meet with a counselor at North Cobb Christian and really talk about it. I was looking at a lot of conservatories and one of the cool things is that I don’t think I ever wanted to end up at Oklahoma City University because it was a 4-year program. But because [I was able to get] a degree, I ended up going there, and it completely changed my life for the better and was an awesome experience. I think it was really cool that North Cobb Christian really pushed us to make sure we found the school we wanted — where we could get a degree and also end up where we wanted to be in life.
Q | What’s your favorite memory from North Cobb Christian School?
SG | So one of the coolest memories I have is our first Spring Term ever, when North Cobb Christian first started Spring Term trips. We went to NYC, and that was only the second time I had ever been to this city. I was 16 or 17, and I was with my best friend Haley, who also attended North Cobb Christian. We both live here now, and thinking back, we both got to go see a Broadway show [during Spring Term], and we got to take a dance class. We got to explore New York, and I remember both of us just looking up at the buildings and thinking, “This is going to be so cool one day when we both get to live here.” It’s really cool to see both of us living here [now] and living out our dreams and actually pursuing a career as a professional dancer. So, yes, I was built by NCCS.