Students Shine at the NAACP ACT-SO Awards

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:00am

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the ACT-SO Awards Luncheon. The Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is the sponsored by the NAACP and is the premier program to showcase the extraordinary talents and achievements of our students.

The program is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American students.

The ACT-SO goals are:

  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence among African American youth.
  • To recognize academic and talent achievement among African American students.
  • To provide and assist African American students with the necessary tools to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

The following Champaign Unit 4 students participated in the program this year:

Edison Middle School:

Darrell Allen* (Attending Nationals)
Ayana Cowert

Central High School:

Norrlyn Allen* (Competing in Oratory and Original Essay)
Johynn-a Evans* (Observer and Alternate at Nationals)
Collette Harmon* (Competing in Poetry)
Rontez McClure* (Competing in Vocal Contemporary)
Devryck Newell
Marseilis Peacock

Centennial High School:

Cassandra Davis* (Competing in Instrumental Contemporary)
Terrace Davis

The students whose names are starred above will also go on to attend or participate in the 35th Annual ACT-SO Competition in Orlando, Florida scheduled for July 11-14, 2013. Best of luck to our students!

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