The NAACP ACT-SO National Competition began this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Jacksonville students well represented. Jacksonville’s local NAACP Chapter traveled with 10 students to compete in the NAACP ACT-SO National Competition. The Silver Medal in dance was awarded to Jacksonville’s own Faith Norton, daughter of Lisa Jones-Norton. Young Faith is a first year ACT-SO competitor and a rising senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and dance student at Jacksonville Centre of the Arts. She received a monetary award which will be matched by Target.
ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program sponsored by the NAACP to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students of African descent. Over 600 students from all over the nation competed in 26 categories in the areas of science, humanities, business, performing and visual arts, entrepreneurship, and culinary arts.
The program was founded by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, The first National ACT-SO competition was held in 1978. ACT-SO award winners can win up to $2,000 in scholarship money. More than 300,000 young people have participated in the program since its inception.
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.