NAACP ACT-SO Winners Announced

NAACP Students Compete

Recently, high school students from the Atlanta , Fulton, and Gwinnett County school systems competed in 26 categories during the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP’s local ACT-SO competition. The first place winners will advance and compete nationally during the NAACPs national convention in July. The 1st place winners include: Barry Duperon from Tri-Cities High – visual arts, painting; Kinsey Simpson from North Atlanta High – entrepreneurship; Kahlil Slader from Tri-Cities High – visual arts, drawing; Kesi Kmt from Douglass High, poetry; Tamara James from Tri-Cities High, vocal contemporary; Chad Mancy from Tri Cities High, dance; Brandon Brooks from Douglass High, dramatics; Melvin Byrd from Lanier High, music composition.

The NAACP’s nationally recognized 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. Historically, ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business and the performing and visual arts.  The event was held Saturday, March 31, at Frederick Douglass High School. For more information contact the NAACP Atlanta office at 404-756-5447 or email Mary Ross at

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