Midwest students gather at Concordia to share talents
Nearly 1,500 elementary and middle school students showcased their talents at the 71st annual Gathering of the Talents festival held at Concordia University, Nebraska on Saturday, April 11. Participants and their families traveled from 53 schools across Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota to attend the festival.
“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 given these children.”
Youth in grades kindergarten through eighth participated in more than 1,600 events in five divisions including visual art, creative writing, drama, dance and music performance. All submissions and performances were judged and awarded ribbons—yellow, pink, blue or purple, the highest honor of the festival. The festival also included an art experience workshop for the third year in a row.
The Gathering of the Talents festival is run each year by the university events manager and a handful of Concordia students who manage the five talent divisions. These students organize judges and dozens of student volunteers to assist with the event.
A complete list of purple ribbon recipients is available at cune.edu/gott.