LCS Festival for Academics and the Arts


The goal of the LCS Festival is to focus on helping children find their talents, sharpen their skills, and learn to share their gifts with confidence, knowing that what they have is a bestowed by God and to be used without fear, yet in all humility.

The LCS Festival is a discipleship tool intended  to help students discover, develop and deploy their ministry gifts. Although competitive elements are present, providing a competition venue is not the primary mission of the Festival. Through the Festival, students are given the opportunity to have their skills evaluated by qualified ministers, industry professionals, and educators who encourage excellence, offer ideas for improvement, and inspire students to use their gifts in the local church, community, and around the world in ministry or secular vocation. Scores are not as important as lessons learned, experience gained, and skills developed.

The Festival allows students to perform or demonstrate their skills and talents in dozens of different categories and events. Each event is evaluated by three professional adjudicators who provided detailed evaluations of each students presentation, giving guidance and observations that will help students to overcome weaknesses and improve their talents and skills. The Festival features events for students in grades 3 through 12, and is hosted in beautiful Lakeland, in the heart of Central Florida.

March 6 & 7, 2020

Important Dates

  • January 17, 2020 – Early Registration Deadline, postmarked.

  • January 31, 2020 – FINAL Registration Deadline; must be in office (no postmarks), no exceptions!

  • January 31, 2020 – ALL 2D Art and Writing submission entries must be received in the LCS Office

  • February 14, 2020 – Change request deadline; no changes will be accepted after this date. Only drops will be allowed.

  • February 21, 2020 – Festival Schedule will be posted online.

  • March 20, 2020 – District Fine Arts Festival on-time deadline for “Superior w/ Invitation” participants.

Time left to PRACTICE:

Academic Categories

Academic categories are traditional academic disciplines.

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Art Categories

Art categories include performing, visual and graphic artistry.

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Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida

1000 Longfellow Blvd.
Lakeland, FL  33801

The LCS Festival is held at the beautiful campus of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Southeastern University is located in the city of Lakeland in Polk County, Florida the heart of citrus country. Surrounded by the beautiful lakes that characterize Central Florida, the 60-acre campus presents an attractive and picturesque scene for the students’ pleasure and academic environment. The natural beauty of the lakes and citrus groves, combined with a semi-tropical atmosphere and lifestyle, makes Lakeland a delightful place to attend college and enjoy Florida winters. The average annual temperature is 72 degrees. With a population of 200,000, the greater Lakeland area is less than one hour from Florida’s world renowned tourist attractions—Sea World, Busch Gardens, Epcot Center, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. In addition, the Gulf of Mexico can be reached in an hour and the Atlantic Ocean in less than two hours.

Lakeland is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando and is easily accessible via the international airports of each city. Three major highways serve the Lakeland area: US 92, US 98, and Interstate 4.

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SEU will be on spring break during the Festival. As such, the food outlets will not be available to us this year.

We are excited to partner with Lisa’s Love at First Bite Food Truck and Jet’s Pizza Lakeland to bring quality food services to our event this year. Both vendors will accept cash and credit cards.

Food Services will be set up in the faculty parking lot behind the science building (#4 on the map). You can view the map for specifics. Follow the signs from the Fountain!

Lisa’s Love at First Bite

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Hamburger/Cheeseburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Fries
  • Drinks

Jet’s Pizza

  • Cheese Pizza by the Slice
  • Pepperoni Pizza by the Slice

Celebration Service

The LCS Festival ends on Saturday evening with a celebration festival where students are recognized for their achievements. During the service participants are recognized for their performances and the top three scores are read. The top scorers in each category will receive a medal of achievement. All other categories will receive a ribbon (elementary) or a certificate (middle and high). The top score in each category will also receive a trophy for their school.

Several specific categories are featured as “Performance Categories.” A Performance Category is a category that is chosen during the event for presentation in the celebration service. If a category is a performance category, it will be announced during the service prior to the reading of the top three scores in that category. The winner of that category will have a few minutes to prepare before presenting before the entire audience. It is wonderful time for everyone to see the rich talent that populates our schools!


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District Fine Arts

Students scoring with a “Superior With Invitation” are invited to participate in the PenFlorida Youth District Fine Arts program. Fine Arts will help student further develop their skills and talents and also provide them the opportunity to advance to Nationals in August.

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Results from Prior Festivals

Interested in prior year events? Find the results from prior years below.