Each spring, hundreds of elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to showcase their talents to glorify God at Concordia University's annual Gathering of the Talents. Participants and their families travel from dozens of Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod schools and churches across Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas to attend the event.
Students in grades 4-8 participate in over 300 events in five divisions including visual art, creative writing, drama, dance and musical performance. Each division is managed by a faculty representative and evaluated by Concordia students and faculty. All submissions and performances are evaluated and given both verbal and written feedback. Outstanding Talent Awards are presented to a few students in each division who display outstanding talent. Gathering of the Talents more about education, learning, experience and growth for each and every participant, and less focused on the competition aspect. Each student gains valuable skills to develop their talent further.
Track and Field skills are developed from an early age at Zion. Every spring, all of the Lutheran schools in our area are invited to bring their Kindergarten – 8th grade students to compete in our annual Field Day, hosted by Heartland Lutheran High School in Grand Island. Age-appropriate track & field events (both individual and group) are available to all students. The day begins with prayer, which sets the tone of Christian fellowship as schools engage in this annual competition.
In conjunction with providing our students with a fine Christian and academic education, we also grant the opportunity for our students to participate in sports. Our desire is that students who engage in these activities will further develop spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and socially with love for other human beings and a deeper faith in Jesus Christ. Students are encouraged to be the best that they can be to the glory of God. The Athletic Director, coaches, and parents are positive role models facilitating each student’s growth and development.
Zion looks to rebuild its athletic programs by providing the opportunity for students to initiate meaningful, Christ-centered relationships through sport. Students will learn how cooperation produces friendships as well as the satisfaction that comes from being part of a group with a common interest. Basic skills will be introduced, then students learn how to hone those skills through various sports.
We are beginning to work in conjunction with the local YMCA. Our organizations believe that a proper Christian environment is beneficial for both. This is the first step as Zion pursues its ultimate goal to once again compete in the Missouri Synod League.
Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to participate in competitive speech team. Both group and individual events provide your student with character building experiences and lifelong skills of oral presentation. As your student transitions to the rhetoric stage within the classical tradition, participation in competitive speech will help to develop the dialectic skills that are central to the application of the skills learned in the logic stage. In addition to academic benefits, this activity builds self-confidence through friendly competition and accountability. Events include: poetry interpretation, prose interpretation, duet, oral interpretation of drama, impromptu speaking, and platform speaking. Mrs. Megan Teel oversees the team as coach.