Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and
Scientific Olympics

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.  For over forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

The goals of ACT-SO are:

  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence.

  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement.

  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

 Find out more about ACT-SO click image below-ACT-SO 101:

We would like to Congratulate our 

National NAACP 2020 ACT-SO Winners!

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Ayana Askew

Performing Arts-Poetry Performance
Norfolk Branch

Uyen Tran

Roanoke Branch

London Paige

Roanoke Branch

Amairat Kadri

Visual Arts-Poetry
VA Beach Branch

A special thanks and congratulations to all youth who participated, won as a gold medalists on their local branch level qualifying them to compete nationally.  These youth were faced with challenges of being part of the first Virtual ACT-SO.  More importantly, they represented the VA State Conference extremely well and we are so proud of all of you.  THANK YOU!

VSC NAACP Branches who participated at the National NAACP ACT-SO 2020 Competition:

  • Chesapeake -(Tidewater Area 2)

  • Norfolk-(Tidewater Area 2)

  • Portsmouth-(Tidewater Area 2)

  • Richmond

  • Roanoke

  • VA Beach-(Tidewater Area 2)

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