Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics
The NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic CulturalTechnological Scientific Olympics) program is an historic national achievement program specially designed to showcase the unique talent, passion, and academic achievement of high school students across the country.
Originally conceived as a needed platform for underrepresented Black excellence, the prestigious program has since evolved to include all cultures, identities, and lived experiences.
Every year, NAACP units across the country host their own local programs, holding local competitions in the spring. Top finishers advance to the National ACT-SO Competition in July to vie for cash prizes, award packages, scholarships, exposure, and more!
CALLING ALL SUMMIT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Summit County high school students begin their ACT-SO journey in the Akron ACT-SO program, hosted by the Akron NAACP.
Register in January • Attend the Student Orientation on 1st Saturday in February • Attend the ACT-SO Workshops on 1st and 3rd Saturdays in February - April • Shine in the Akron ACT-SO Competition in late April
Akron GOLD MEDAL WINNERS advance to the National ACT-SO Competition in July!
2023 Akron ACT-SO Program Open to Summit County High School Students Competition Weekend April 8, 2023 | Akron Civic Theatre Akron gold medal winners will advance to the National ACT-SO Competition Register By Friday, February 3, 2023
2023 National ACT-SO Program Open to 2023 Akron ACT-SO Gold Medal Winners ONLY Competition July 27-30, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts Top finishers receive awards, prize packages, cash prizes, scholarships, and more!
Join the Legacy of National Akron ACT-SO Champions! • • • • •
Summit County is home to 4 National ACT-SO Champions! Will you be next?
2022 National Lancome Scholarship Winner 2021 Bronze Medal • Sydney Borges for Short Story 2019 Silver Medal • Chika Nkowcha for Drawing 2019 Bronze Medal • Connor Harris for Microbiology 2018 Silver Medal • Kofi Boakye for Music Instrumental/Contemporary
Notable ACT-SO Alumuni Include: John Singleton, Roy Hargrove, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Anthony Anderson, and Kanye West