NAACP ACTSO Local Competition Produced Four National Contestants

Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACTSO Competition was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at John Harris High School, 2451 Market Street Harrisburg, Pa 17103.

The ACTSO Awards Ceremony was held  at 6:30 pm on Thursday May 3, 2018 at the Harrisburg School District Administration building 1601 State Street Harrisburg, 17103.

This year we had a total of 31 students compete in over 16 subject categories at our local Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP Local ACTSO Competition.

At the award ceremony, all students were presented with individual proclamations from Representative Patty Kim and Mayor Papenfuse.

A total of eleven medals were awarded to students in seven different subject areas. There  were Four gold, two Silver and Five Bronze medals awarded to students from John Harris, Susquehanna Township, Central Dauphin East and The Harrisburg High School of Science and Technology.

This year, all four gold medalists are from the John Harris High School. They are: 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 will represent 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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