By Rometa Porter
The 36th Annual ACT-SO Olympics program was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roughly 9,000 youth participated nationally with 60 finalists competing in Las Vegas for Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in 27 categories of the Arts, Cultural, Science and Entrepreneurship. The Jacksonville Branch of ACT-SO entered twelve participants and brought home two medals, a silver medal in entrepreneurship and a gold medal for dance. Brittany Bean was the winner of the entrepreneurship silver medal and received $1,500 from ACT-SO. Brittany is a graduate of Paxon High School and will attend Fisk University in the fall and will major in Spanish and International business. Gold medal winner Brianna Mims is a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Brianna was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. All winners received a Microsoft Surface computer with keyboard.
The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.