2020 LOCAL COMPETITION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY JUNE 6, 2020
ALL STUDENT PROJECTS WILL BE DUE ON MARCH 23, 2020.
INFORMATION REGARDING PRESENTATION PLATFORMS FOR THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES IS FORTHCOMING.
ALL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THEIR PROJECTS, FOLLOWING THE CATEGORY CRITERIA UNTIL LOCAL PRESENTATION ISSUES ARE FINALIZED
The National ACTSO Competition is still scheduled for July 23-26 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Writer’s Workshop
Normal Coaching and Enrichment in the Humanities offered to ACTSO contestant the first Friday of every month during Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writer’s Workshop. Have been suspended, pending further notice. 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 biweekly visits to Harrisburg to provide coaching and enrichment to ACTSO contestants, have been suspended due to school closings. For more information contact Kaaba Brunson at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-2019 ACTSO Competition
Last years’, competition had more than 60 participants, 30 of whom competed in the local competition. There were fourteen medals awarded, including 3 bronze, 4 silver and 7 gold.
Our gold medalists were: from Sci-Tech, Johnathan Lopez for Poetry, Madison Stokes for Medicine and Health, and Dance, Irene Soriano Cabrera for Photography. From Bishop McDevitt, Megan Mwaura for vocal contemporary and Dramatics. From Central Dauphin, Ashale Bynon for Vocal Classical These four students were all eligible to represent the Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACTSO Program at the National ACTSO Competition in Detroit, Michigan in July of 2019.
Reflection: NAACP ACTSO 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!