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The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. 


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2015 Highlights

May 2015

Rocketry Teams recognized by Albuquerque City Council

Team Sigma won spot in National Fly-off, the Plains Virginia

L. Tang won NM State Science/Engineering fair, represented NM at International Science & Engineering Fair (Biochemistry - Genome Study)

June 2015

Q. Thompson won National/International Scholastic Young Artists and Writers Gold Medal for Poetry - Ceremony in Carnegie Hall in New York City (His poem was social protest against death of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner as a result of police interactions)

July 2015

Travel to National ACTSO Contest in Philadelphia

D. Evans won GOLD Medal for Writing Short Story (her entry will also be used for the 2016 National Fictional Works)

August 2015

Student Q. Thompson responded to U.S. Constitution committee to write an essay about Blacks and the U.S. Constitution; he chose Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass. Results announced at the end of the month

Meeting set up with Sandia Labs Black Leadership Committee to begin to form science teams and mentors for 2015-16 Academic year

Recruiting for students to participate in the 2016 Team America Rocketry Challenge

September 2015

Student Q. Thompson attended event hosted by the President/First Lady/Secretary of Education Sept 25th

October 2015

National Scholastic Young Artists and Writers Finalist (Q. Thompson) – is in the 2015 Best of Teen Writing in the Nation

NOTE: Only student in New Mexico being published among 1000’s of national competitors

Initial pairing of STEM students with mentors for ACTSO, UNM Central Regional, State & International Science Fairs

African-American Pavilion hosted visual arts work by local artists