ACT-SO Recognizes Top Students In Annual Competition

Monday, April 16, 2018
The medal winners of the 13th Annual ACT-SO competition
The medal winners of the 13th Annual ACT-SO competition

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Branch of the NAACP recognized the medal winners of the 13th Annual ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics) competition. 

ACT-SO is a national, yearlong enrichment program for high school students offering 33 categories of academic and performance competition.  Approximately 50 national ACT-SO programs compete for a chance to have their local winners advance to the national ACT-SO contest each summer. The 2018 national contest will be held July 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas. The Chattanooga ACT-SO contestants will have an opportunity to be among the top 1,000 of the best ACT-SO high school students in the United States.   

Students at the National ACT-SO have an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash plus scholarship opportunities. Chattanooga’s ACT-SO Medalists in 2018 include: 

Anaya Griggs Instrumental Silver Medal Jr Center for Creative Arts
Chaise Garrison Instrumental Bronze Medal Sr East Hamilton High School
D’Ariaus Albert Dance Bronze Medal Sr Chatt School for Arts & Sciences
John Paul Freeman Drawing Bronze Medal Fr Chatt School for Arts & Sciences
Jordan Pauldin Painting Bronze Medal Sr Girls Preparatory School  
Jymon Scott Dance Silver Medal Sr Chatt School for Arts & Sciences
Tyrese Jones Dramatics Gold Medal Sr Center for Creative Arts 

NAACP Chattanooga Hamilton County Branch President Dr. Eleanor Woods said, “It is important that our children are given the platform to showcase their talents.  The NAACP takes pride in celebrating our youth for their artistic, professional, and academic talents where they can best be recognized.” 

Chattanooga’s ACT-SO Chair Thessela White said, “The community should support ACT-SO because when wanting the best for our community, we should invest the best in our youth.”




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