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

2017 ACT-SO Flier

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. All gold medal winners from the local competition qualify 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 appropriate student application below.
  • Students must also download the appropriate category guidelines for details on what is expected for their competition entry(ies). The guidelines provide details on how the judges will award points. STEM competitors must download the guidelines and Guide for Presenting ACT-SO Science Projects.
  • Students seeking to compete in the following categories must submit their competition pieces by the application deadline as well:
    • Entrepreneurship
      Business Plan
    • Humanities
      Original Essay
      Short Story
      Play Manuscript
      Poem — Poetry Written
      Short Story
    • Performing Arts
      Poetry Performance
    • STEM
      Science Papers
  • Students can only compete in either the Detroit Branch NAACP’s or Detroit NAACP Youth Council’s ACT-SO Competition.

Applications and Competition Pieces Must Be Submitted Via Mail To:

Detroit Branch NAACP
Attn: LaToya Henry
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

Applications Only (DO NOT FAX COMPETITION PIECES)
 (313) 871-7745 — fax

ACT-SO Enrichment Sessions
Learn from professionals and industry experts about the various categories and tips to help you compete successfully in ACT-SO!

STEM and Business
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 am
Detroit Branch NAACP

Humanities, Performing Arts and Visual Arts
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10 am
Detroit Branch NAACP

ACT-SO Applications
Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition Details
Application Due: Friday, March 24, 2017
Competition Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
ACT-SO application brochure 2017 — DBN

ACT-SO Detroit Central Branch Student Application

Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition
Application Due: Friday, April 21, 2017
Competition Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
ACT-SO application brochure 2017 — DYC

ACT-SO Detroit NAACP Youth Council Student Application

Categories and Category Guidelines

STEM
Guide for Planning and Presenting ACT-SO Science Projects

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

Humanities

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

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

Visual Arts

  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Business

  • Entrepreneurship

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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