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PW NAACP’s Inaugural Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific (ACT-SO) Competition

Provided by PW NAACP

Three students from Prince William County received gold medals to qualify to compete at the national level in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 14-17, 2022, as part of the Games’ premier competition and awards program Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympic Games (ACT-SO). sponsored by Prince William County
NAACP at Northern Virginia Community College – Woodbridge Campus.

Ayana Conley, a sophomore at Gainesville High School, advanced in photography; Indigo Green, a senior at Colgan High School, advanced in written poetry; and Osbourn Park High School senior Kyrah Davis continues to compete in the Contemporary Vocal Music category.

Ten students from Northern Virginia competed in categories that also included drama, music
instrumental and classical vocal music, original essay, painting and chemistry by Woodbridge
and Colgan High Schools in Prince William County, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science
and technology in Fairfax County, Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria and Christ
Chapel Academy at Woodbridge.

“Skills and hard work win out over talent when talent doesn’t work hard”, Dr. LaTanya, McDade Prince
The William County school superintendent, reminded an audience of about 100 at the
opening ceremony of the first Afro-academic, cultural, technological and scientific Olympic Games
(ACT-SO) Prince William County NAACP Sponsored Contest and Awards Program
at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

ACT-SO, a one-year enrichment program is designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and
encourage academic and cultural success among secondary school students. ACT-SO
program is built around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers, educators,
artists, civic leaders and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches to promote
academic and artistic excellence.

“We have oratories and we have STEM in the county,” said the Reverend Cozy Bailey, Prince William
President of the NAACP, referring to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. and
program, and the annual youth summit and technology expo. “Nowhere do we combine
social justice, advocacy and pride,” like we do here with ACT-SO, Bailey added.

PW NAACP’s Inaugural ACT-SO Program Was a Success, Says PW ACT-SO President
Michael Artson, citing parent and mentor/coach support for the 10 ACT-SO Northern Virginia
High school student competitors representing Prince William and Fairfax counties, Culpeper,
Manassas and Alexandria in nine competition categories; a community audience of over
100 participants for the opening and closing ceremonies, 15 judges and numerous volunteers.

Four of the 10 competitors qualified for the national level competition while five
competitors won silver and bronze medals.

The local ACT-SO competition serves to showcase the hard work of students throughout the year
long during the mentoring-coaching period, McDade said. Ultimately, it’s a celebration of
unique skills and talents that have brought every student here today.