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Lee Hosts Teen Talent Awards Ceremony
Merritt Jenkins - 8/18/2021

Lee Hosts Teen Talent Awards Ceremony


Lee recently hosted the Church of God International Teen Talent, a competition for teens ages 13-19, in partnership with the Church of God Department of Youth and Discipleship. This year's Teen Talent took place virtually.


"While we missed the on-campus engagement and energy, we were privileged to serve students and their families and share the Lee story with them virtually," said Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development at Lee.


During the first week of August, approximately 550 talent videos were shared online in 58 categories such as music, drama, art, and writing. Each submission was reviewed to determine this year's top finishers, which were announced during the live Awards Ceremony held in the Conn Center on Lee's campus.


"The Church of God International Youth and Discipleship Department was thrilled to once again hold the International Teen Talent competition," said Rob Bailey, International Youth and Discipleship director for the COG Department of Youth and Discipleship. "Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and in an effort to be inclusive to those nations with limitations still in effect, the incredibly difficult decision was made to hold this year's competition virtually. Parents, leaders, and state, regional, and national youth and discipleship directors gave wonderful support to bring this competition to fruition and continue a tradition that has spanned 60 years."


Over 157 trophy awards were announced in various categories for first, second, and third place. Lee gave 16 scholarships to top winners in several music, drama, and art categories. Awards were presented by Bailey and Brian Yaun from the COG Department of Youth and Discipleship.


Watch parties were held in various locations across the Bahamas, Canada, and the United States to view the live ceremony.


"We are extremely grateful to Lee University for hosting our staff and adjudicators on their beautiful campus," said Bailey. "Our sincere appreciation also goes out to the individuals who served as adjudicators, video editors, and support team members during this magnificent celebration of Church of God young people using their gifts to glorify God."


To view the Awards Ceremony, visit To see the full list of winners or for more information about Teen Talent, visit

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