What is ACT-SO?
ACT-SO, a major program of the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP), is an acronym that stands for Afro-Academic,
Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.
ACT-SO, often referred to as the Olympics of the Mind seeks to promote
the following among high school students:
• Positive self-esteem
• Positive interaction between our youth and the adult professional
• Positive academic and artistic excellence
• High academic and cultural achievement
To aid high school students grades 9 – 12 work towards achieving
excellence in academic and cultural achievement.
ACT-SO strengthens high school academic skills. It inspires, motivates,
and ultimately increases the confidence needed to succeed in life. ACT-SO
focuses on the individual and offers other valuable programs through the
Stark County NAACP.
Students who participate in ACT-SO, can compete with other students in
up to 3 of 33 categories which include STEM, Business, Humanities,
Performing, Visual & Culinary Arts.
The local competition serves to showcase the hard work students have put
in all year long. ACT-SO students who receive gold medals at the local
competition qualify to compete at the National Competition where they can
receive scholarships awards and prizes provided by national sponsors.
For 2021 the Stark NAACP ACT-SO PROGRAM will only offer competitions in categories listed below.
ACT-SO 2021 CATEGORIES
(art and technique of taking images recorded by a
camera and reproducing them on a photosensitive surface.)
(art or profession of designing buildings or outdoor spaces.)
(literary composition developed for the stage.)
(drawing, forms/figures painting, laying on paints with brush or painting tools.)
Dance – Ballet
(perform a series of rhythmic and highly technical
bodily movements usually performed to music using grace and
(Dance forms include: Broadway/Musical
Theater, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap- perform a series of rhythmic
and technical patterned bodily movements performed to music.)
(The art of staging or acting plays.)
(Music Vocal and instruments – Contemporary)
(The art of performing with the human voice and or device rhythmic
tones or sounds to produce music with the tones of the present.)
• Must be in high school grades 9th-12th
• Submit an application (posted online)
• Compete in the local competition in order to qualify for the national
• Request and meet with a mentor/instructor
• Be of amateur status, having never performed as a professional in any
categories of competition
• Conform to the guideline requirements as dictated by the category or categories chosen
• For students who will advance to the National
contestants must submit to his/her local NAACP chapter:
A national application
A one to two pages typed [double-spaced] biography
A completed parental consent form
A medical release form signed by a parent
A small, clear photo
If you have what it takes then ACT-SO