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ACT-SO is the acronym for Afro-Academic, Culture, Technological, and Scientific Olympics.

Goals of ACT-SO

  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence

  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement

  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society

ACT-SO 2023

​Program Information

  • Akron ACT-SO Competition is open to all high school students attending school in Summit County, Ohio; email the ACT-SO Team for special considerations 

  • ACT-SO offers 5 Categories (STEM, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Business) with a total of 32 different competition areas within the Categories. Students may select up to 3 competitions total

  • Gold medal winners of the Akron Competition automatically advance to the National Competition

  • The Akron NAACP is poised to assist with travel and accommodations for National competitors


  • Enrolled in and attending a high school in Summit County, Ohio

  • Be a citizen of the United States or hold a permanent resident visa card

  • Be an amateur (having not received wages for professional services) in the categories of competition


  • Contestant and parent/guardian attend the ACT-SO Orientation

  • Contestant attend ACT-SO workshops at 11am on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of month

  • Contestant follow all ACT-SO guidelines and deadlines 

Calling all Summit County High School Students

​Summit County high school students begin their ACT-SO journey in the
Akron ACT-SO program, hosted by the Akron NAACP. Registration is currently closed for 2023.

National ACT-SO 2023

National ACT-SO Competition 

​Competition Date: July 27-30, 2023
Venue: TBD, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Must be a local Gold Medal Winner or a designated alternate to qualify for the national competition  

  • Local winners must present their local winning submission(s) as their National submission(s) -- students may not present new material

  • For the safety of all students, competitors must stay with their designated escorts and travel group

  • Akron NAACP will assist with travel and accommodations

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