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 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.

NEW THIS YEAR!!!
THE DETROIT BRANCH NAACP AND DETROIT NAACP YOUTH COUNCIL ACT-SO COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE
SAME DAY SATURDAY APRIL 27!

  • Interested students who would like to compete in the Detroit Branch NAACP’ and Detroit NAACP Youth Council’s local ACT-SO Competition must submit an application to receive registration time and contestant number.

ACT-SO Application 2019

  • 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 deadlines as well:
    • Entrepreneurship
      Business Plan
    • Humanities
      Original Essay
      Short Story
      Play Manuscript
      Poetry Written — Poem
      Short Story
    • Performing Arts
      Music Composition
      Poetry Performance — Poem
    • STEM
      Science Papers
  • Culinary Arts is only open to Juniors and Seniors in a Culinary Arts Program. 

Applications and Competition Pieces Must Be Submitted Via Mail  by April 22 To:

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

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

Application Due: Monday, April 22, 2019
Competition Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Culinary Competition Date:Sunday, April 28, 2019

Categories and Category Guidelines

STEM Descriptions and Guidelines 2019

Guide for Planning and Presenting ACT-SO Science Projects

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

Culinary Arts Description and Guidelines 2019

Humanities Descriptions and Guidelines 2019

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

Performing Arts Descriptions and Guidelines 2019

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

Visual Arts Descriptions and Guidelines 2019

  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Business Description and Guidelines 2019

  • Entrepreneurship

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    • 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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