Georgia NAACP coordinates the work of the various Units and stimulates the participates ambitions throught joint workshops, cultural enrichment activities, and fundraising endeavors.
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 thirty 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.
"This is the place where professionals, mentors and your peers desire to see you succeed."
- Larry Brown, Jr.
STUDENTS – 2022 LOCAL GOLD MEDALIST
DeKalb County NAACP
7 Gold Medals
Xavier Doyle - Dramatics
Josiah O'Connor Music Instrumental
Ana Villavasso - Film making
Zayla Bryant - Oratory
Salmoncain Smith Shomade - Poetry
Danya Boyer - Painting
Sultan Ziyad - Architecture
Henry County NAACP Youth Council
4 Gold Medals
Maya Daniel - Short Story, Play writing
Kyla Duff - Music Volcal Contemporary
Tanea Harris - Poetry Performance
Shanece Daniel - Observer due to illness
4 Gold Medals
Jaivyn Beauford -Modern Dance
Madison Jarrett- Dance Contemporary
Olivia Richardson - Culinary
Nicholas Alexander Wilkinson II- Music Vocal
Contemporary & Dramatics
There are FIVE others on a DELTA team
Carroll County NAACP
6 Gold Medals
Kira Babbs - Poetry Written & Original Essay
Josephine Glass- Musical Contemporary & Vocal Classic
Lauren Glass - Drawing & Poetry Performance
Mark Johnson - Oratory
Kai McMichael - Short Story
Khalil Payne - Music Instrumental Classic
GSC Chair Dr. De'Shazior-Hill/HENRY COUNTY ACT-SO
Atlanta Dr. Plowden Chair
Carroll Candice Babbs Chair
Carroll Marilyn Glass Co-Chair
DeKalb Dr. Freda Hammonds Chair
DeKalb Dr. Beretta Smith Shomade Co-Chair
Henry Esmond Charles Pickett Jr. Co-Chair
GEORGIA ACT-SO PROGRAMS
Dr. Martha Plowden
Dr. Patricia Deshazior-Hill
State ACT-SO Co-Chair
Brooks County Branch
Dr. Patricia DeShazior-Hill
State ACT-SO Chair
Carroll County Branch
DeKalb County Branch
Henry County Branch
ACT-SO NATIONAL MEDALISTS
Here are the National winners from ACT-SO 2021:
Dekalb winners from 2021.
4 students with 5 winning categories.
Layla Alexis White won Silver in two categories:
1. Silver Medalist
2. Dance Silver Medalist
Music Instrumental Classical