If you believe so, then ACT-SO!

Chattanooga ACT-SO

WHAT IS ACT-SO?

ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO is a yearlong 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 around 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 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts.
 

WHO SPONSORS ACT-SO?

ACT-SO is sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. ACT-SO receives support from schools, community, organizations, churches, foundations, private corporations and individuals.

WHO FOUNDED ACT-SO?
Vernon Jarrett, a renowned author and journalist, initiated the idea of a program that would promote and reward academic achievers the same way sports heroes are honored. The first national ACT-SO competition was held in 1978 in Portland Oregon.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

High school students of African descent, who are citizens of the United States, enrolled in grades 9-12 and are amateurs in the categories of competition are able to participate.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN ACT-SO?

The ACT-SO program is intended to be a learning experience, first and foremost. The focus of a viable and effective local ACT-SO program is on enrichment and mentorship. Students work with ACT-SO mentors who help them develop projects throughout the year. Local ACT-SO programs also provide ACT-SO students with enrichment opportunities, such as workshops, tutorials, and field trips.

The benefits ACT-SO students receive from the enrichment and mentorship components include substantial assistance toward the development of their ACT-SO projects and valuable tools to assist them throughout their education. The local competition serves to showcase the hard work students have put in all year long. Students receive medals and prizes provided by the local and regional sponsors and contributors.

WHEN DOES THE ACT-SO PROGRAM BEGIN?
ACT-SO is a year-long enrichment program that begins with mentoring, coaching and teaching. Local competitions usually take place between March and May. Contestants who win gold medals on the local level qualify to attend the National ACT-SO competition, which takes place in early July at the Annual NAACP Convention.
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION?
SCIENCES HUMANITIES VISUAL ARTS PERFORMING ARTS
Architecture Music Composition Drawing Dance
Biology Original Essay Painting Dramatics
Chemistry Playwriting Photography Music Instrumental/Classical
Computer Science   Sculpture Music Instrumental/Contemporary
Mathematics   Filmmaking/Video Music Vocal/Classical
Physics/Electronics     Music Vocal/Contemporary
Physics/Energy   BUSINESS Oratory
Physics/General   Entrepreneurship  
* Students may compete in up to three (3) categories.
HOW CAN A STUDENT APPLY AND GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

1)  Download and printout the 2012 Contestant Application from here: 
     • In PDF: click here
     • In MS Word: click here
2)  Complete the application
3)  Sign, get your parent's/guardian's signature, and date the application
4)  Clear your calendar for the following dates:
    • March 17, 2012 (Local competition, mandatory to attend), 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • March 17, 2012 (Local awards ceremony, optional to attend), 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • July 2012 (National ACTSO in Houston, Texas, must be included in
      Chattanooga travel team)
5)  Mail application to the address listed on the application or scan/email the application to:
      chattanoogaactso@gmail.com

ACT-SO 2013 CONTESTANTS
Listing of 2013 Chattanooga ACT-SO Contestants
 
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