North Shore Country Day alumnus Stephen Smith, who graduated in 2012, was recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for healthcare, released Dec. 1. Steve is the CEO and founder of NOCD, a digital health startup focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder. He wants to make one of the most effective therapies—known as exposure and response prevention—more accessible. NOCD has a smartphone app that facilitates virtual visits with therapists combined with exercises for patients to reinforce what they're learning in therapy.
Steve, who was diagnosed with OCD in 2014, learned firsthand how difficult it can be to find an affordable specialist and navigate all the information out there, so he started the company to help make the path a little easier for those who are struggling.
“My life was going great. I was in college, studying hard and playing football. Then OCD came out of nowhere, derailing everything,” he explained on the company’s website. “It took a lot of time and money to access effective treatment, but once I did I was able to get better. Now we’re working to help 180 million people with OCD around the world get that care more easily.”
Steve is actually the second North Shore graduate to appear on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in the last two years. Jonathan Segal, '15,
was honored last year for his work on turning nuclear waste into a useable energy source. "We are incredibly proud of these young men. They embody the combination of rigorous, innovative academics and the inclination to "Live and Serve" (our school motto) that defines a North Shore education," said Head of School Tom Flemma.
The Forbes Under 30 Class of 2021 includes 30 honorees for each of 20 categories. Each honoree under 30 years old was given an in-depth evaluation over the course of Forbes’ vetting process. Since the list’s inception, Forbes has grown the 30 Under 30 alumni network to include more than 6,000 individuals throughout the world. Being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree carries a lifelong reputation of embodying the revolutionary, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that the organization represents.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.