ACT-SO Expanding The Minds Of Our Youth

ACT-SO is an acronym for the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. It is an academic mentoring and enrichment program that provides career exploration and a competition in 27 categories encompassed by the Sciences, Humanities, Business, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. ACT-SO is the principle youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The mission of ACT-SO is to promote academic and cultural excellence among high school students of African descent and showcase their intellect and skills. The DuPage County ACT-SO Chapter includes students in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, and parts of Cook County. The chapter is hosted by DuPage County Branch NAACP and is co-sponsored by College of DuPage and the DuPage Regional Office of Education. Read More...
So…Are you or a high school student interested in science, like to experiment or discover new things? Are you gifted and talented? Do you like to sing, dance, act, or write poetry? Do you paint or draw? Do you have a business mind? If you do, then ACT-SO! Be sure to review the competition category guidelines and rules under the COMPETITION tab. Register as a student, mentor, judge, or volunteer under the REGISTER tab.

DuPage ACT-SO Wins Gold
The judges have spoken and we have new ACT-SO local winners. The 2016 Local Competition was formidable and 12 of our outstanding students were awarded 14 Gold medals, 9 Silver medals, 12 Bronze medals, and 2 Honorable Mentions.

Tavis Reed, Allyson Amegashie, Khanya Collier, Jalen Crump, Kira Thomas, Amirah Yessoufou , Imani Porter, Riziki Covington, Daja Brown, Chloe Docks, Whitney Ford, Gabrielle Henderson
Wins at Gold at 2015 Nationals

Another great year for DuPage ACT-SO at the National ACT-SO Competition! Our local gold medalists Olympians competed against about 700 other gold medalists from about 150 ACT-SO chapters from around the nation. Nationally, there were a total of 87 medals awarded in the 29 categories. DuPage County ACT-SO sent 11 Olympians to the national competition in Philadelphia, and three of our students won national medals:

Tavis Reed
11th grader from Illinois Math & Science Academy
Gold in Chemistry
Whitney Ford
9th grader from Plainfield East HS
Silver in Computer Science
Kelechi Agwuncha
12th grader from Proviso Math & Science Academy
Bronze in Filmmaking

Tavis’ Chemistry research was A Study on the Media Optimization of Cellulose Based Fermentation Process. His experiment examined the bacterial process of cellulosic ethanol formation under different media conditions and resulted in a patent-pending process that produces ethanol at a much lower cost than industry standard.
Whitney Ford’s computer science research project was conducted to contribute to the existing knowledge related to facial recognition techniques. Her study tested the ability of the code developed to accurately predict light and dark skin tone using grayscale pixel averages using pixels from images in the Kaggle Facial Key Point Detection (KFKPD) training data set.

Kelechi’s film is called Valeria.  The film is about a young lady who has had to help her family by cleaning public restrooms and the challenging decision she faces about college and her future.

Tavis and Whitney were part of the Argonne National Laboratory ACT-SO STEM Mentoring and Research Program.