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

ACT-SO 2016

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 32 categories that include the sciences, music, and drama to name a few. The gold medal winners from the local competition qualifies to compete with other local winners at the National NAACP’s ACT-SO Competition, which is held apart of the National NAACP’s Annual Convention.

Interested students who would like to compete in either the Detroit Branch NAACP’s or Detroit NAACP Youth Council’s local ACT-SO Competition must download the application. Students should also download the category guidelines for details on what is expected for their competition entry(ies).  Links to the application and category guidelines are listed below.  Students can only compete in either the Detroit Branch NAACP’s or Detroit NAACP Youth Council’s ACT-SO 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. 

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
Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition
Application Due: April 15, 2016
Competition Date: April 23, 2016
ACT-SO application brochure 2016 — DYC
2016 ACTSO Student Application.pdf — DYC

Categories and Category Guidelines

2016 STEM

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

2016 Humanities

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

2016 Performing Arts

  • Dance: Ballet
  • Dance: Contemporary
  • Dance: Modern
  • Dance: Traditional
  • Dramatics
  • Music Instrumental Classical
  • Music Instrumental Contemporary
  • Music Vocal Classical
  • Music Vocal Contemporary
  • Oratory
  • Poetry — Performance

2016 Visual Arts

  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

2016 Business

  • Entrepreneurship

2016 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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