CONGRATULATIONS! LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS WINNERS

Our full list of winners for the 2017 ACT-SO competition year is now available.

We congratulate all our winners and participants.

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What is ACT-SO?

ACT-SO – the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students.

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Students have participated in the local workshops and competitions since the inception of the program.

Hall of Fame

National ACT-SO Hall of Fame
Outstanding Achievers

NAACP ACT-SO

ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO provides a forum through which African-American youth can demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.

Video: I AM ACT-SO! NAACP ACT-SO CHAMPIONS

“ACT-SO can become one of the best youth programs in the city”

I congratulate all the ACT-SO students on their courage and achievements, and I urge you to challenge yourselves and continue to strive for excellence.
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Anton Tomlinson
Past President

High School students prepare in up to three of 28 categories after school during the school year. The program culminates with the “Olympics of the Mind” competition and awards ceremony which give the students an opportunity to showcase their projects and to be recognized for their achievements.

Sciences (descriptions and guidelines)

Biology/Microbiology
Chemistry/Biochemistry
Computer Science
Earth and Space Sciences
Engineering
Mathematics
Medicine and Health
Physics

Performing Arts (descriptions and guidelines)

Dance – NEW CATEGORIES AVAILABLE
Dramatics
Music Instrumental Classical
Music Instrumental Contemporary
Music Vocal Classical
Music Vocal Contemporary
Oratory
Poetry – performance

Humanities (descriptions and guidelines)

Music Composition
Original Essay
Playwriting
Poetry – written
Short Story

Visual Art (descriptions and guidelines)

Architecture
Drawing
Filmmaking
Painting
Photography
Sculpture

Business (descriptions and guidelines)

Culinary Arts (*NYC does not participate in this category)
Entrepreneurship

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