Stephanie Ecklin
ACT-SO Chair

NAACP Proudly Congratulates

2010 ACT-SO Medalists

Talented young people from a wide array of disciplines took their place in history recently by being recognized as national winners in the NAACP ACT-SO competitions. ACT-SO–the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics–is a major youth initiative of the NAACP.

ACT-SO: Today’s Youth…Tomorrow’s Legends. “If you believe you can do it, then…ACT-SO!”
© 2011 – 2012 Flagler County Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
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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.

*** Congratulations to the 2012 National Olympics of the Mind Bronze Metal Winner Xavier Ryan # 11th Annual Jacqueline A Browne Golf Tournament August 11, 2012 Contact Harry Davis 386-437-5082 # 2011 The Annual Report is available by clicking the link provided on the Home Page *** BRANCH DRAFT BYLAWS WERE APPROVED AT THE NOVEMBER 15 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. THEY HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FLORIDA STATE CONFERENCE AND HAS BEEN SENT TO NATIONAL FOR APPROVAL *** # Florida State Conference is Coming to Palm Coast, FL March 8 & 9, 2013. #

Stephanie Ecklin

ACT-SO Chair

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!

Discover your talent and Launch it! Join with other Flagler County High School Students in ACT-SO!

Compete in Song Writing, Science, Poetry Writing, Playwriting, Drama, Music Vocals, Essay Writing, Dance, Business/Entrepreneurship and lots more.

  • If you think so . . . Then ACT-SO!be of African-American or Latino/Hispanic descent.
    be a high school student enrolled in grades 9 through 12.
    be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
    be an individual who has demonstrated a genuine interest in one of the 26 categories.
    submit a separate project, one contestant per category per city (a contestant may enter up to three (3) categories of competition.)
    be of amateur status–never having never having performed as a professional in any categories of competition.
    conform to the guideline requirements as dictated by the category(s) chosen.
    submit to his/her local NAACP chapter
    a. final application.
    b. 1 to 2 page, typed biography (double-spaced.)
    for National contestants, submit to his/her local NAACP ACT-SO sponsor:
    a. completed project.
    b. national application.
    c. one to two page, typed [double-spaced] biography.
    d. completed parental consent form.
    e. medical release form signed by a parent.
    f. small, clear photo.
    g. Media release.

Competition Categories

Computer Science
Earth and Space Sciences
Medicine and Health
Music Composition
Original Essay
Short Story (NYC ACT-SO only)
Performing Arts
Music Instrumental Classical
Music Instrumental Contemporary
Music Vocal Classical
Music Vocal Contemporary
Visual Arts
Students who compete in the local and national ACT-SO competition can compete in up to three (3) of the following categories:
Student Application

Download an ACT-SO application by clicking here.
Make a Donation to ACT-SO

“Applied knowledge is power not knowledge itself! With this in mind, it takes the efforts of the community, family, and local businesses to help empower our children with the knowledge they need to accomplish tremendous things.”


The Flagler County ACT-SO Program is seeking your support. Our program is under-funded and operated entirely by volunteers. In the first instance, the program requires money to run efficiently. Beyond this need, additional funds would permit the employment of a full time professional staff, which would improve every aspect of Flagler County ACT-SO. Specifically, each high school in the city could be monitored and recruitment of coaches and judges could be enhanced. Additionally, the organization might be in a position to provide other services, such as scholarship guidance and job referral for participants.


Money invested in ACT-SO does a triple duty by:


1.     positively influencing the lives of its participants;

2.      “changing the culture” of the communities from which those participants come; and

3.      enhancing the quality of Flagler County’s 21st century workforce.


ACT-SO operates under the administrative support of the NAACP, which serves as the fiscal conduit to the local ACT-SO programs but does not provide funding. However, it provides technical assistance and program guidelines; and, hosts the national “Olympics of the Mind” at the annual NAACP convention. Flagler County ACT-SO is a not-for-profit organization, having an IRS 501(C)(3) tax exempt designation. Your contribution to Flagler County ACT-SO is 100% tax deductible and goes to direct program support.


All contributions should be made payable to: Flagler County NAACP ACT-SO


Mail to: Flagler County NAACP, 1 Florida Park Dr. Suite 305, Palm Coast, FL 32137
Each Contestant Must:
Eligibility Rules and General Requirements             Student Application            Other Forms


How can you help Flagler County ACT-SO? By:

·    contributing funds to support Flagler County ACT-SO’s operating expenses

·    including Flagler County ACT-SO in your corporate giving program

·    providing in-kind support

·    providing additional prizes for Academic Competition winners

·    providing job and internship opportunities to current students and alumni

·    becoming a volunteer student recruiter, coach or judge

·    donating your professional skills (i.e. graphic design, printing, etc.)

·    suggesting others who might be able to assist us
How can Flagler County ACT-SO help you?

Flagler County ACT-SO endeavors to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with corporate and other sponsors tailored to their philanthropic concerns. By its nature, Flagler County ACT-SO provides the opportunity for significant personal involvement by sponsors and donors. In addition to providing funds and in-kind gifts, a corporate sponsor could, for instance, recruit coaches and volunteers from among its workforce. We also welcome the opportunity to expose our students to sponsors’ enterprises through internships, field trips or other means.
And, for Flagler County ACT-SO donors and supporters who appreciate favorable publicity and visibility, there are sponsorship opportunities available especially with the Olympics-style Academic Competition and the Annual Awards Ceremony.

What is ACT-SO?


ACT-SO – the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students. ACT-SO relies on community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence among African-American and Hispanic students. By providing an arena where students strive to excel in the sciences, arts and humanities, ACT-SO equips its participants with the skills to live meaningful lives.


In 1977 Vernon Jarrett of Chicago, a renowned author, civil rights activist and journalist, initiated the idea of a program that would promote and reward young academic achievers the same way sports heroes are honored. The first national ACT-SO competition was held in 1978 in Portland Oregon.


“We must never write off the potential for greatness among any of our beleaguered youth. Never!”
Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO founder (1918 – 2004)

Participate in our
2012 ACT-SO Fundraiser
Meet the Flagler County Branch NAACP ACT-SO Logo Design Winner

BYLAWS for UNITS and Constitution of the NAACP

Annual Report
2012 Olympics of the Mind Awards
Congratulations to the Winners