2018-2019 Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACTSO Program is in Full Effect

The Writer’s Workshop

Coaching and Enrichment in the Humanities will continue to be offered to ACTSO contestant the first Friday of every month during Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writer’s  Workshop. The Writers’ Workshop meets at 6:30 Fridays at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore 1302 N. 3rd Street Harrisburg, Pa. 17102. For more information contact Nathaniel Gadsden at pgadsden@Comcast.net.

Elizabethtown College Coaching and Enrichment Project

College Students from Elizabethtown College will make biweekly visits to Harrisburg to provide coaching and enrichment to ACTSO contestants. For more information contact Kaaba Brunson at kaabanjie@verison.net

Local ACTSO Competition and Awards Ceremony

The Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACTSO Competition will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10am at the John Harris High School, 2451 Market Street Harrisburg, Pa 17103.

The ACTSO Awards Ceremony will be held  at 6:30 pm on Thursday April 18, 2019 at the Harrisburg School District Administration building 1601 State Street Harrisburg, 17103.

2017-2018 ACTSO Competition

Last years’, competition produced eleven medalists. There were four gold medalists, all from the John Harris High School. They were: Michelaine Almodovar for Business Entrepreneurship, William Battle II for Vocal Classical, Kennedy Holt for Original Essay and Angelique Muhoza for Vocal Contemporary. These four students represented the Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACTSO Program at the National ACTSO Competition in San Antonio, Texas July 12-15, 2018.

Reflection: NAACP Act-So Competition by Michelaine Almodovar 2018

My experience at the NAACP Act-So competition was a once in a life time opportunity. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and creativity of young talented teenagers just like me around the country. Being able to interact and fellowship with them, I was able to learn so much about myself as well as learn the cultural differences around me. Although we were all the same race not caring if we were brown, light skin, or dark skin we all were demonstrating our different talents, and sharing those talents with others really helped me to grow and set the tone for when I left the competition. I now have the experience and wisdom to tell everyone back in my hometown that there is something more challenging for us out there. All we have to do is spread our wings and let our talents and beauty of what we do guide us to success. The Act-So competition changed my life and the way I look at it. Now, having the knowledge I have I am able to dream bigger, strive harder, look higher, discover talents, believe in myself, and manifest my desire. I thank everyone who supported me and, believed that I could do it, and let me represent the Harrisburg NAACP in Act-So. In conclusion, I would say this association is the best thing that’s ever happened to me and coming back from this I’ll never be the same. They gave me the best gift I could ask for and it was three words discover, believe, and manifest.

I am already preparing for next year!


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