Welcome to the informational page for the San Diego Branch of the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition.  We’re glad you’re here, whether you are an African-American High School student looking to enter, or a member of the San Diego community interested in mentoring, judging, recruiting, or assisting!

What is ACT-SO?

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 African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.  (For a very brief description of each category, please see our Categories page.)

For forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

Yeah, but SPECIFICALLY What is ACT-SO?

Students will, over the course of the school year, prepare a scientific paper, a play, an essay or other academic work (for a full listing, see our Categories page.)  The NAACP will provide mentorship and assistance all along the way.  At the end of the school year (specifically, April 21st, 2018) there will be a local showcase of student work, with expert judges.  Work that achieves the highest standard will get student a spot in the national ACT-SO competition in San Antonio, July 12-15th.  The NAACP will help defray travel expenses.

The Goals of ACT-SO are:
  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence.
  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement.
  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

If you are an African-American high school student looking to polish and show off your skills to earn scholarship money and the potential to compete nationally, sign up today!

Are you interested in seeing African-American youth succeed?  Share what you know.  Maybe you can mentor a student in STEM or Dance.  Maybe you can help them develop business savvy.  Maybe you have life wisdom to share.  We need YOU to help our young people.  Sign up today!

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The Committee

Renita Payno
- ACT-SO Co-Chair -

Renita is a veteran, the owner and sole proprietor of her own small business, and a mother of two. You will find her at many community events; just ask the ...

Kamaria Allen
- ACT-SO Committee Member -

Kamaria has degrees in English and Psychology, has extensive administrative experience and currently works as a counselor to persons with developmental disabilities, and also volunteers with children and adults. She ...

Steve Dorner
- ACT-SO Co-Chair -

Steve Dorner has a degree in Computer Science, worked as a software engineer for 20 years and as an executive in a Fortune 500 company for 10.  He is interested ...

Mentors

Elena
- STEM: (Bio)Chemistry -

Elena is a staff member at the Salk Institute

Ashley-Nicole
- Entrepreneurship, Humanities: Essay, Humanities: Short Story, Humanities: Written Poetry, Performing Arts: Poetry Performance -

Kamaria
- Mentor - Essay, Poetry, Playwriting and Oratory -

Kamaria has degrees in English and Psychology, has extensive administrative experience and currently works as a counselor to persons with developmental disabilities, and also volunteers with children and adults. She ...

Bobby
- Mentor - Entrepreneurship, Music -

Besides being Kamaria's husband and father of two, Bobby grew up inside his family's music business, and ran his own restaurant. While he sold the restaurant and sadly won't be ...

Judges

Jasmine
- Entrepreneurship, Humanities: Playwriting, Performing Arts: Dance: Ballet, Performing Arts: Dance: Contemporary, Performing Arts: Dance: Modern, Performing Arts: Dance: Traditional, Performing Arts: Dramatics (Staged Play), STEM: Computer Science, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Mathematics, STEM: Physics -

Ms. Jasmine lives her life on purpose through her company, The STEAM Collaborative, which educates children, parents and community stakeholders about STEM from an artistic perspective. Jasmine works as a ...

Avery
- Entrepreneurship, STEM: Computer Science, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Mathematics -

Avery is an engineer with Solar Turbines

Elena
- STEM: (Bio)Chemistry -

Elena is a staff member at the Salk Institute

Ashley-Nicole
- Entrepreneurship, Humanities: Essay, Humanities: Short Story, Humanities: Written Poetry, Performing Arts: Poetry Performance -

Ryn Corbeil
- Judge - Poetry -

Ryn Corbeil is making the jump from an Engineering career to Poetry. He likes to refer to this as "going over to the light side."

Vera Sanchez
- Judge - Poetry, Essay -

  Vera Sanchez is an adjunct professor of English at Grossmont College, and a Social Work Counselor for the San Diego Regional Center.

Darwin Fishman
- Judge - Essay -

Tomás Gayton
- Judge - Poetry -

Tomás Gayton is a retired Civil Rights attorney and poet. His latest volume is "Jazz Heaven," a volume of Jazz Poetry.

Earl Vaults
- Judge - Music -

Earl Vaults graduated from SDSU with a BA in music. He studied the saxophone with Harvey Pittel from USC, a world renowned classical saxophonist. He's played with R&B group The ...

Dr André J. Branch
- Judge - Essay, Poetry -

Beside being President of the NAACP San Diego, Dr Branch is a professor of Education at San Diego State University, and holds a degree in English and a PhD in ...

Quis Colion
- Judge - Music, Poetry -

Quis Colion, 35, is a Black artist, Black poet and Black entrepreneur. He is a United States Air Force veteran. He has a Bachelor's of Science in audio production from ...

ACT-SO related events:

Thu, Dec 6, 2018
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Dec 6, 2018  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

Thu, Dec 20, 2018
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Dec 20, 2018  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

Thu, Jan 3, 2019
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Jan 3, 2019  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

Thu, Jan 17, 2019
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Jan 17, 2019  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

Thu, Feb 7, 2019
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Feb 7, 2019  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

ACT-SO News

The ACT-SO Judges for 2018-2019

These fine folks have signed up to judge for ACT-SO this season. We need more judges!  If you have skills to contribute, please don’t keep ...
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ACT-SO Visits Black Xpression!

The ACT-SO crew when to visit Black Xpression!, the Friday night performance event featuring open mic performances by African-Americans.  Then of us went, including a ...
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October 19th ACT-SO Visit to Black Xpression

ACT-SO will be visiting the dynamic Open Mic night that is Black Xpression.  If you register (for free), ACT-SO will cover your entrance fee. Register ...
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The ACT-SO Kickoff–In case you missed it!

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Elections, ACT-SO, Superior Court, CHP and more…

At tonight’s General Membership Meeting, we have four agenda items: Upcoming branch elections ACT-SO Matter concerning the Superior Court Captain Penner of the El Cajon ...
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