March 29, 2019 – Notre Dame University-Louaize North Lebanon Campus (NDU-NLC) organized this year’s “NDU GOT TALENT Competition.” Twenty Four students performed in various categories: acting, poetry, dancing, instrument-playing, and singing. The competition was held in the presence of NLC’s Director Fr. François Akl, NLC Alumni Affairs, faculty coordinators, staff, students and their parents.
Following the Lebanese national anthem, Lebanese singer Nicolas El Osta gave a remarkable performance. El Osta said that this event presents NDU as a university that not only encourages knowledge and education, but also endows future generations with the confidence to develop their talents and personalities. El Osta’s performance was followed by the NLC Student Activities Coordinator, Elsy Kfouri, who greeted participants and audience. Kfouri stressed on the fact that “North Lebanon will always remain a beating heart for all kinds of cultural activities” and that “NDU has and will always continue to support teenagers and young adults, because the University strongly believes they are the pillars of hope for a better future.”
At the start of the competition, Fr. Akl addressed the guests, emphasized on the importance of art and music, and stated: “It is art, in all its forms! Music carries you out on its soft wings to the kingdom of distant dreams.”
The competition was held under the supervision of five jury members: singers Nicolas El Osta and Laura Khalil, Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and a violin teacher, Mario El Rahi, Lecturer at the Ramez G. Chaghoury Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, Dolcy Lawoun, and the Arabic- Language Professor Dr. Jean Touma.
The winners of the competition were:
1. Yamane el Hage
2. Aren Donerian
3. Sabine Corgodian
4. Maria Bathish
5. Chady Haddad
6. Ryan Ghoshe
Fr. Akl distributed trophies to all the participants and he congratulated the winners for creating such memorable and exciting performances and wished them the best in their future endeavors.