NAACP: Encouraging youth to succeed, and ʻACT-SOʼ

Written by admin   // May 30, 2012   // 0 Comments

Local ACT-SO winners are all smiles after receiving their medals. Pictured are (L to R) Myesha Henderson, Jamika Bradford, Terrell Lewis, NAACP ACT-SO Chair Jacqueline Cook, NAACP Branch President James Hall, NAACP Branch Vice President Barbara Becker, Imani Smith, Kelton Howard and Mykesha Chaney. (photo by Robert Bell)

They came, they competed and they conquered.

Area high school students recently participated in the annual Afro-American, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), competition sponsored by the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. The competition, held at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, was a 26-category contest of the mind in which students could compete in five categories: sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts.

The first, second and third place winners were recently awarded their medals during a special ceremony held at the NAACP Branch offices.

In the Music Vocal-Classical category: Terrell Lewis (1st place); Anthony Miller (2nd place); and Myesha Chaney (3rd place).

In the Music Vocal-Contemporary category: Imani Smith (1st place); Kelton Howard (2nd place); Jamika Bradford (3rd place).

In the Poetry category: Myesha Henderson (1st place).

In the Musical Instrumental category: Marquis Clawson (1st place)

Components of the ACT-SO program include a local, city-wide competition and mentoring of local first place winners in preparation for their participation at the national competition during the annual NAACP convention.

Lewis, Smith and Henderson will compete nationally July 5-8 in Houston, TX.

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