Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics

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The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among 9-12 grade high school students of color in the Central Pennsylvania area.

The program recognizes and awards young people of color who have demonstrated academic and cultural achievement. Gold, silver, and bronze medals, along with cash awards, are awarded to winners in each of 29 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, performing and visual arts, and local and national entrepreneurship/ culinary competitions. Winners of the competition from the Greater Harrisburg Area Chapter are eligible for awards at the finals during the NAACP national convention.  Notable national winners include Alicia Keys, Kayne West, Anthony Anderson, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Hudson, and Mae Jamison, the first black women to travel into space.

Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACT-SO begins with students registering for the program through December 2022.  Then, students create and work on their chosen project through March with the competition on March 25, 2023.  The program culminates  with an awards  ceremony on April 8, 2023 at Whitaker Center. 

Eligibility:  Students of African descent who are U.S. citizens enrolled in grades 9-12 and are amateur in their chosen categories are eligible to participate.

Register today!

The mission of Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological, & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is to overcome the vicious cycle of low scholastic expectations and achievement that plagues Black undeserved minority youth throughout Harrisburg; to strengthen Black high school students’ academic skills and inspire the confidence they will need to succeed as adults; and, to offer individualized academic mentorship and diverse enrichment activities, of which there is short supply in the Harrisburg public high schools.

Upcoming Dates

Dates TBA

The ACT-SO Winners’ Showcase is sponsored by Milton Hershey School

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACTSO Virtual Competition winners!



BronzeJuniorBishop McDevittIndia Smith
SilverJunior Bishop McDevitt Tsion Estifanos
GoldJunior Bishop McDevitt Janice Baldwin

Short Story

BronzeSeniorMilton HersheyMartrecia Zoegar
SilverJunior Bishop McDevitt Priscilla Smith
GoldFreshmanHBG HS of Science & TechAmiliana Rivera

Original Essay

GoldSophomoreSteel HighKaaba Murray

Performing Arts

Music Vocal (Contemporary)

Bronze JuniorMilton HersheyTionna Williams
Silver SeniorCentral DauphinAshale Bynon
Gold JuniorBishop McDevittTsion Estifanos

Classical Instrumental

Bronze FreshmanMilton HersheyVeyda Ramos-Ramirez
Silver SeniorCentral DauphinDanneil Mubbala
Gold SophomoreBishop McDevittAngel Gule

Instrumental Contemporary

Bronze Senior Central Dauphin Danneil Mubbala

Dance Ballet

Silver JuniorMilton HersheySophia Lozada-Delzell

Dance Contemporary

Silver JuniorMilton HersheyZhakyiah Parker
GoldSophomoreMilton HersheyJahree Payne

Dance Traditional

Gold JuniorMilton HersheyTijesuni Ademuwagun

Poetry Performance

Bronze JuniorBishop McDevittIndia Smith
GoldJuniorBishop McDevittJanice Baldwin


Medicine & Health

Gold SeniorPA Cyber Charter SchoolMadison Stokes

Visual Arts


Gold Sophomore HBG HS of Science & TechGeomarys Morales


Gold Sophomore HBG HS of Science & TechGeomarys Morales



Bronze SeniorJohn HarrisAndy Sebastien Eustache

ACTSO strives to continue the strong showing of our 2020-2021 program. With the support of the business community, the local competition judges, the area high schools, the parents, the ACTSO Committee members, the Harrisburg Mayor, Harrisburg City Council, Dauphin County Commissioners, State Representative and other stakeholders, ACTSO contestants made one of their strongest showings ever.

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