The Jacksonville Branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Color People – Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (NAACP ACT-SO) students competed in the 40th National ACT-SO Competition in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, July 13th.
Six students from Douglas Anderson, Ribault, and Baldwin competed in dance, drama, written poetry, and contemporary vocal. Competition sessions included educational workshops and an awards ceremony on Sunday with special guest actor Michael Anthony of the hit TV show Black-ish and a former ACT-SO Alum. Each medalist received a scholarship to assist with college tuition books and fees.
ACT-SO 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 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts.
Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. For over thirty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. Pictured (l-r): Sandra Thompson (Co-Chair), Jesseca Scott (Contemporary Dance), Chandler Bryant (Dramatics), Ashari Cicero (Modern Dance) and Monique McCarthy (Chair).