Bahamians Antwuan Dean and Kemel Mitchell are among some of the most talented teens in the Church of God International. The duo captured top awards at the church’s recent week-long Teen Talent event organized by the International Department of Youth and Discipleship on the campus of Lee University.
Dean, a member of the Lighthouse Church of God, Harbour Island, took home three wins from the teen competition, winning awards in the Music (male vocal solo) category, for which he was awarded an $18,700 scholarship to Lee University; the Multimedia (presentation video short film) category; as well as the Art (photography) category.
Dean was one of 15 students, all winners, that were offered a portion of $250,000 in scholarship money to attend Lee University in the fall.
Mitchell, from Cathedral of Praise Church of God, won the Bible (Bible Teaching Youth) category.
Since its beginning in 1961, Teen Talent has been one of the most exciting and rewarding programs sponsored by the International Department of Youth and Discipleship. Participants work hard and spend long hours practicing and preparing to be involved in Teen Talent, a program that continues to help teenagers in recognizing and developing their abilities and directing them toward reaching their fullest potentials for Christ.
A Bahamian contingent of more than 70 from three islands – New Providence, Eleuthera and Bimini – participated in the event in Cleveland, Tennessee, led by Reverend Brian Rolle, national youth and discipleship director of the Church of God, Bahamas, and talent coordinator, Minister Joy Rolle.
The Bahamas had 27 entries in art, creative writing, multimedia, drama and music.
They went up against eight other countries/regions – Antigua, Belgium, Eastern Canada, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Latin America, South Africa and Taiwan, in addition to 35 states/regions from the United States.
The Bahamian side also participated in the Battle of the States which consists of outdoor and indoor games such as three-on-three basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, tug-o-war, recess relay, eating contest and obstacle course.
The competition is held every two years and is for Church of God youths ages 13 to 19. It is held over a one-week period and participants room at the university’s dormitories.
According to the Church of God, youth have an extraordinary capacity to learn, to develop skills and to display leadership – and realizing this, the church takes steps through its Teen Talent program to guide youth in utilizing their abilities in their everyday lives and in the church for the glory of God. The Teen Talent program’s divisions include art, Bible, creative writing, drama, multimedia and music. The Teen Talent program’s objective is to discover the talent, develop the talent and dedicate the talent.
They say the program is more than a competitive activity to determine who rates first and second; it is a ministry of love and guidance to Church of God youth; but that competition is a vital component of the program.
Antwuan Dean – vocal solo male, Lighthouse Church of God, Harbour Island
Antwuan Dean – Photography, Lighthouse Church of God, Harbour Island
Antwuan Dean – Short Film Video, Lighthouse Church of God, Harbour Island
Kemel Mitchell – Bible Teaching Youth, Cathedral of Praise Church of God
Antonio Dean – electric keyboard, Lighthouse Church of God, Harbour Island
Deiahjae Forbes – solo expressive/interpretive movement, Chippingham C.O.G.
3-on-3 basketball – Battle of the States
Bryan Rolle – percussion indefinite pitch, drums, Chippingham C.O.G.
Alexander Carey – solo pantomime, Cornerstone Church of God
Andrew Rolle – electric keyboard, United Church of God, Bimini
Lucy Simeon – solo pantomime, New Good Church of God
Devaughn Mackey – oil/acrylic painting, Southland Cathedral Church of God
Faith Mission Group Pantomime – Faith Mission Church of God
Bimini Boys – small instrumental ensemble, United Church of God, Bimini