Annual NAACP ACT-SO Program Continues Legacy of Academic Excellence and Performing Arts Talent

The NAACP ACT-SO Program held its annual competition on Saturday, April 1st, at Douglas Anderson School of The Arts. Students throughout Duval displayed their talents in dance, music, and visual arts. In July, the gold medalist winners will attend the national competition in Baltimore, MD, for a chance to win scholarships. 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 29 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 more info visit Pictured l-r: Sandra Thompson (ACT-SO Co-Chair), Simone Matchett (Modern Dance), Allyson Williams (Contemporary & Ballet), Louis Williams (Drawing). Angelika Robertson (Poetry), Timothy Hightower (Instrumental Classical), Lorry Lang (Filmmaking), Leonard Roudy (Photography), Preston Alteus (Painting), Alexus Monroe (Vocal Classical), Monique McCarthy (ACT-SO, Chair), Samantha Nelson (Vocal Contemporary), Makabi Marshall (Instrumental Contemporary).


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