Syracuse New York NAACP ACT-SO
All High School African American & Latino Students are eligible to compete



ACT-SO - is an acronym for , Cultural, and Technological & Scientific Olympics.  ACT-SO is a year-round program for high school students.  It is designed to encourage, recognize and reward academic and cultural achievement of students in 26 categories and five disciplines of the Humanities, Science, Business, Visual, and performing Arts.  This is accomplished through training, coaching, mentoring and competition on a local and national level.

ACT-SO - is a program of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (N.A.AC.P). A committee of unpaid volunteers, administers, ACT-SO locally.  It receives its funding from community organizations, churches, foundations, Private Corporation, and individual supporters.


High School students of African or Latino descent in grades 9 through 12 with an interest in the arts, humanities, sciences and business are eligible to compete in ACT-SO.


participants receive coaching and mentoring from professionals in the categories in which the student elects to compete.  Gold medal winners at the local competitions are eligible to compete in the national competitions.  At the national competitions Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and scholarships of $1,000, $750 and $500 are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.


Enrollment applications are available at area high schools, youth centers and churches.

  Additional information may be obtained by writing to:

NAACP PO Box 397 - Colvin Station, 2307 So. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205, or via e-mail at:

Contact person -  Mrs. Gwendolyn D. Fagan at (315) 314-6824 between the hours of 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Category Descriptions:

The Performing Arts:

Dance to perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usual performed to music

Dramatics - The art of staging or acting plays.

Music Instrumental

Classical - The art of performing with a device used to produce music with tomes of the late, 18th, and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity and moderation.

Contemporary - The art of performing with a devise used to produce music with the tomes of the present.

Music Vocal

Classical - The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones sounds of the late, 18th, and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity and moderation.

Contemporary - The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds to produce music with the tones of the present.

Oration - The art of speaking in public eloquently and effectively.(It is not a dramatic presentation.).

The Visual Arts:

Drawing - The art of representing forms and figures on a surface by means of lines.

Filmmaking / Video - The art and process of making motion pictures.

Painting - The art of laying on paints with a brush or a knife.

Photography - The process, art and techniques of taking images recorded by a camera and reproducing them on a photosensitive surface.

Sculpture - The art of making three-dimensional figures or designs.

The Sciences:

Architecture - The science, art or profession of designing buildings or outdoor spaces

Biology - The science of life or of origin, structure, reproduction, growth and development of living organisms collectively.

Chemistry - The science that deals with the composition, structure and properties of chemical processes and phenomena of substance and the transformation that they undergo.

Computer Science - The science that deals with the theoretical aspect of computers including storage and the transformation of data using computers.

Mathematics - The science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations and abstractions of spaced configurations and their structure.

Physics / Electronics - A branch of physics that deals with the emission behavior or effects (as in electron tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices.

Physics / Energy - A branch of physics that deals with usable power (as heat or electricity) and the resources for producing such power.

Physics / General - The science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions in the fields of mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, radiation, atomic structure and nuclear phenomena.

The Humanities:

Music Composition - The science or art of arranging music by ordering tomes or sounds in succession, in combination or In temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.

Original Essay - A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.

Playwriting -.A literary composition developed for the state.

Poetry - A composition, marked by language chosen for its sounds, beauty and evocative power


Entrepreneurship - Refers to owning, organizing and managing your own business by providing a necessary product or service.