BHC, UT students come together for talent, fashion show

man seated playing guitar and singing
BHC student Santiago Flores won 1st place in the Multicultural Talent Show.

Black Hawk College and United Township High School students recently came together to perform and compete in a Multicultural Talent and Fashion Show at Black Hawk College.

Participants represented more than a dozen countries, including Belgium, Chile, the Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ghana, Iran, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Sudan, Thailand, Togo and the United States. The talent show featured 12 competitors, and 30 students modeled their traditional clothing in the fashion show.

The winners were:

  • 1st place ($1,000) – BHC student Santiago Flores from the U.S. and of Mexican descent. Talent – singing and playing guitar.
  • 2nd place ($500) – BHC student Chantal Nabageni from the Republic of the Congo. Talent – singing.
  • 3rd place ($200) – UTHS student Namiah Aiello from the U.S. and of Italian, Filipino, Turkish, Puerto Rican and Native American descent. Talent – singing and playing guitar.
  • 1st place in the fashion show – UTHS student Rose Zing from Myanmar.
woman singing on stage
BHC student Chantal Nabageni won 2nd place in the Multicultural Talent Show

Thank you to the donors who contributed to the event’s success:

  • Ascentra Credit Union
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Gary Reed
  • Gelicious Desserts
  • Heather Bjorgan, BHC Dean of Enrollment Management
  • Hy-Vee
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Olive Garden
  • Optimist International Breakfast Optimist Club
  • Tap 22
  • 21st Century Scholars
  • Verity
  • Walmart Supercenter, Silvis

Thank you to judges Yen Dao, Alyssa Gordon, Jim Heubach and Sheila Heubach.

The event was sponsored by the BHC Multicultural & Inclusion Center in partnership with United Township High School’s L.O.V.E. Club (Lifting Our Voices for Equity).

View photos from the event.