High School Festival a Valuable Learning Experience

by   |   [email protected]   |  

Whether they present a ceramic art piece, a handbell choir performance or a dramatic monologue, BJU’s annual High School Festival is an opportunity for students in grades 9–12 to put their God-given talents on display.

The University hosted High School Festival, which has been in existence since 1976, on campus after the 2020 program was conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals and groups representing schools as local as Bob Jones Academy to as distant as Colorado participated in competition categories including art, music, speech and drama over the four days. A Preaching & Teaching conference was also held. Every student or student group received feedback from BJU faculty and staff. 

“These young people were a delight to work with. They were eager, cheerful and grateful for the opportunity to study God’s Word together,” said Dr. Kerry McGonical, a faculty member in the School of Religion. “Many of them expressed how much they learned throughout the interactive sessions and how excited they were to come back next year.

“It is such a privilege to train the next generation of preachers and teachers, knowing how much our churches and the world need a faithful re-representation of God’s Word.”

Added School of Religion faculty member Cindy Garland: “Although lesson and sermon presentation were optional, nearly all of them wanted to present their lessons and sermons orally. Dr. McGonigal and I came away encouraged by their excitement for studying and proclaiming God’s Word.”

Students also had opportunities to visit classes, attend chapel, participate in workshops with faculty and rehearse with BJU music groups for the Festival Concert. Next year’s High School Festival will be held in early November.