Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)


ACT-SO is a yearlong scholastic enrichment program where participants flex the most important muscle – the “mind.” Just as an athlete trains before competition, so must the ACT-SO participant with coaches and mentors in preparing for the local competition.

Local NAACP chapters hold programs across the country for students in grades 9-12 in 29 categories that include the sciences, music, and drama to name a few. The gold medal winners of the local levels qualify to compete with other local winners at the National Competition, which is held during the NAACP Annual Convention.

Interested students who would like to compete in the Detroit Branch NAACP’s local ACT-SO Competition must download the application below and click on the Category links  below for details regarding the category(ies) they wish to compete in at the competition. 

It is very important for students to read the category guidelines to understand what is expected and required to compete in the  ACT-SO competition.  The guidelines provide details on how the judges will award points. 

Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Application Details
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition: Saturday, April 18, 2015

All Applications must be returned to:

Detroit Branch NAACP
Attn: LaToya Henry
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
or via fax to (313) 871-7745

ACT-SO Application
actso application brochure 2015 — DYC
2015 ACTSO Student Application DYC

Categories and Category Guidelines


  • Biology/Microbiology
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine & Health
  • Physics


  • Music Composition
  • Original Essay
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry — Written
  • Short Story

Performing Arts

  • Dance
  • Dramatics
  • Music Instrumental Classical
  • Music Instrumental Contemporary
  • Music Vocal Classical
  • Music Vocal Contemporary
  • Oratory
  • Poetry — Performance

Visual Arts

  • Architecture
  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture


  • Entrepreneurship

Culinary Arts

  • Culinary Arts

2 thoughts on “Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)

    • Hello Alecia and thank you for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. Each category will have its own competition and each contestant is allowed to compete in up to three categories. If you have any further questions, you may contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at 313-871-2087.

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