ACT-SO


Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics


ABOUT ACT-SO

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (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 forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. The goals of ACT-SO are:

  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence.
  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement.
  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

ACT-SO is sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  ACT-SO receives support from schools, community organizations, churches, foundations, private corporations and individuals . Click the hyperlink below to learn more about how to compete:

ACT-SO 101: Learn everything you need to know to compete

Dallas 2020 EVENT DETAILS

When- April 11, 2020

Where- Lincoln High School – 2826 Elsie Faye Heggins. Dallas, TX 75215

ACT-SO ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

ACT-SO participants must be African-American high school students (and other students of color) who are citizens of the United States, enrolled in grades 9 through 12 and are amateurs in the categories of competition. Students must compete in a local ACT-SO program to qualify for the National ACT-SO competition.

ACT-SO BENEFITS

ACT-SO, above all, is a learning experience, in which scholarships and prizes are awarded. At the national level, gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded along with cash scholarships of $1,000, $750 and $500 in each category, in addition to many other awards, scholarships and prizes. Local winners are awarded certificates and many other prizes. Participants develop new skills and enhance their ability with each ACT-SO pursuit. ACT-SO also provides the exciting opportunity to connect with, learn from, and develop meaningful relationships with other talented youth!

ACT-SO COMPETITION CATEGORIES

THE SCIENCES :

Architecture – Biology – Chemistry – Computer Science

Mathematics – Physics/Electronics – Physics/Energy – Physics/General

THE HUMANITIES:

Music Competition – Original Essay – Playwriting – Poetry

THE PERFORMING ARTS:

Dance – Dramatics – Music Instrumental/Classical

Music Instrumental/Contemporary – Music Vocal/Classical – Oratory – Music Vocal/Contemporary   

THE VISUAL ARTS:

Drawing – Painting – Photography – Sculpture Filmmaking/Video

BUSINESS:

Entrepreneurship

*Students may compete in up to three (3) categories.

APPLY NOW

APPLY NOW: APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Do you have what it takes to win? Are you ready to represent the great city of Dallas? Are you committed to investing the time needed to shape your talent should you advance to the national competition? Well click below to take the first step – we can’t wait to embrace your talents at our local competition!

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GET INVOLVED

We are looking for bright, talented adults who want to see our youth excel! If you have a background in the area(s) of Science, Humanities, Performing Arts, Business Arts, or Business – then we need YOU!!! Please click the link below to provide your information:

CONTACT DALLAS ACT-SO

CONTACT US

For more information about the Dallas NAACP ACT-SO program, please email the ACT-SO Chair, Shelonda Weaver at [email protected]

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