Orientation Oct. 15 for Afro-Academic Olympics

The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is having orientation at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at Booker Washington Center, 1005 S. Court.

ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the NAACP that provides a forum through which African-American youth demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.

The program is open to high school students of African descent, who are citizens of the United States, enrolled in grades 9-12 and are amateurs in the categories of competition. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts. Every student is a champion just by participating.

ACT-SO students who receive gold medals on the local level then compete at the National Competition, where they may receive scholarships and other rewards provided by national sponsors. The National Competition will be in Washington, D.C., in July.

If you need more information, call 633-4203. Parents are encouraged to attend orientation.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2005, issue

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