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Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch

ACT-SO

The Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1977 by renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett.

ACT-SO provides a forum through which African-American youth demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.

ACT-SO is a year long enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

The ACT-SO program centers on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts.

Today's Youth ...Tomorrow’s Legend.

 

ACT-SO Categories

ACT-SO is a program to encourage, recognize, and reward academic and cultural achievements among African-American high school students through local and national competitions. There are 24 categories of competition, below are the list of the five categories followed by sub-categories.

Sciences
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Architecture
Dance
Drawing
Biology
Dramatics
Filmmaking/Video
Chemistry
Music Instrumental/Classical
Painting
Computer Science
Music Instrumental/Contemporary
Photography
Mathematics
Music Vocal/Classical
Sculpture
Physics/Electronics
Music Vocal/Contemporary
Physics/Energy
Oratory
Physics/General
Humanities
Business
Music Composition
Entrepreneurship
Original Essay
Poetry
Play Writing