More than 1,300 elementary and middle school students showcased their talents at Concordia University, Nebraska’s annual Gathering of the Talents on April 1, 2017.
Participants and their families traveled from 46 Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod schools and churches across Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota to attend the event.
“We are truly blessed to have so many participants come to campus and showcase their talents to glorify God,” said University Events Manager, Briianne Imig. “It is amazing to see all the incredible talents God has blessed these children with. The event is not about what color ribbon the participant receives, but instead encouraging all students in the areas they are talented in or passionate about.”
Students in grades K-8 participated in more than 1,600 events in five divisions including visual art, creative writing, drama, dance and musical performance. All submissions and performances were judged and awarded ribbons—yellow, pink, blue or purple, the highest honor of the festival.
Each year, the Gathering of Talents festival is run by the University Events Manager and Concordia students, who manage the five divisions of talent.