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


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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