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NAACP Anchorage ACT-SO Announces Winners of the “Olympics of the Mind Local Competition.”



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Finalists for the 2014 National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Anchorage Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) youth program is pleased to announce the winners of the recent 2014 “Olympics of the Mind” local competition. Local high school students: Armoni Edwards (Performing Arts-Vocal Contemporary); Trinity Colvin (Performing Arts-Dramatics); and Hannah Branch (Humanities-Poetry); will represent Anchorage, Alaska at the National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 17 - 20, 2014.

The ACT-SO program is a major youth initiative of the NAACP. Founded in 1978, by renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes. ACT-SO is a yearlong scholastic enrichment program where participants flex the most important muscle - "the mind." Just as an athlete trains before a competition, so must the ACT-SO participant with coaches and mentors in preparing for the local competition. ACT-SO is not a talent show, but an opportunity for high school students to showcase their skills and abilities in the Sciences, Humanities, Performing and Visual Arts, and Business. ACT-SO is where the next millennium architects, scientists, musicians, poets, dancers, artists and entrepreneurs are discovered.

The Gold finalists on the local level must score 95 or greater out of a possible 100 points, to earn the opportunity to compete against over 1,000 participants from across the United States at the National Competition held each July.

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