2019 ACT-SO National Awards Ceremony

For those of you who are interested in what ACT-SO looks like, here is the full video of the awards ceremony. It’s four hours long, so you might want to either lay in a big supply of popcorn or else just dip into it here and there.

While our returning Poetry Performance competitor, Ms Jor’Denay Collier, didn’t medal this year, she did get a significant part in the award ceremony for the second year running. (If you want to skip right to Jor’Denay, she appears at about the 36th minute of the video.) We could not be more proud of Jor’Denay; in addition to her fine performances, she was a strong President of the Eastlake High BSU this last year. As a rising Junior, we expect even more wonderful things from her this year!

Ms Jor’Denay Collier performs

ACT-SO National Coming Up!

Once again, the NAACP San Diego Branch ACT-SO program is sending Ms Jor’Denay Collier to compete in Poetry Performance at the National ACT-SO Competition!

Jor’Denay, our Gold Winner!

This year’s competition will be in Detroit, Michigan, at the Renaissance Center, pictured above.

Jor’Denay’s Aunt Kim and ACT-SO Chair Renita will be there to cheer her on.

ACT-SO Debrief, Brainstorm and Celebration

On Saturday, June 8th, from 3-5pm, the ACT-SO team will meet at Liberty Station to enjoy one another’s company, graze from the Public Market, and talk about how this ACT-SO season went and what could make it better next year.

We would LOVE for any of our students, parents, and volunteers to come and chat with us about what you liked, what you didn’t like and what you’d like us to try.

We would also welcome anyone with input to come hang out with us and help brainstorm–just be warned: you will probably be asked to help with anything you suggest!

If you plan to come, please drop us a line at [email protected] so we can arrange for you to find us.

ACT-SO Showcase Schedule

It’s Show(case)time!

The ACT-SO Showcase is coming up fast, on April 27th at the fabulous World Beat Center.  We have nine students across 13 competitions, so it’s going to be a very busy day.  However, there will be frequent intermissions and you’re free to watch only those competitions that interest you.  There’s a lot to see both in the Beat and in the Park outside, so there is plenty to do while you are waiting.

Our day will be divided into two major blocks; 1-3pm and 3-5pm.  Each block will be divided into multiple sections of related competitions.  Once the 3-5pm block ends, we will present the scores and the Showcase will be done.


1:00PM – 3:00PM

Opening

Renita Payno
Anaya Payno
Clovis Honoré

Visual Arts

Amy Amoah – Drawing
Jacari Jenkins – Drawing
Sharr Alexander – Painting
Joshua Olaoye – Photography

Keynote

Charda Fontenot

Music

Jacari Jenkins – Composition
Raynisha Fields – Classical Instrument
Caleb Berry – Contemporary Instrument
Shainiece Law – Contemporary Vocal


3:00PM – 5:00PM

Humanities

Amy Amoah – Essay
Raynisha Fields – Essay
Raynisha Fields – Written Poetry

STEM

Jackson Duckworth – Mathematics
Joshua Olaoye – Computer Science

Performing Arts (Spoken)

Jor’Denay Collier – Oratory
Jor’Denay Coller – Poetry Performance


5:00PM

Presentation of Scores

Renita Payno
All Competitors


Competitors

PLEASE ARRIVE WELL BEFORE THE START OF YOUR BLOCK.  We cannot give you an exact start time, as things inevitably change as the day goes forward.  If you are in the 1-3pm block, please arrive by 12:30pm. If you are in the 3-5pm block, please arrive by 2:30pm.  When you arrive, check-in at the student table, and you will be directed to the Green Room to wait to compete.

IF YOU MISS YOUR PERFORMANCE TIME, other competitors will be called to perform.  Once all the other competitors in your section (Visual Arts, Music, Humanities, STEM, Performing Arts (Spoken)) have gone, you will have another opportunity.  IF YOU ARE STILL NOT PRESENT AT THAT TIME, YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO COMPETE.

Judges

We will seat all the judges for a single section (Visual Arts, Music, Humanities, STEM, Performing Arts (Spoken)) at one time.  You may not be judging each competition in the section, but please don’t wander off into traffic until the whole category is finished!

Presentation of Scores

We will present scores at the end of the entire competition.  If you are in the 1-3pm block, your scores WILL NOT be available until then.  Be sure to come back at 5pm if you want to get your score!

Presentation of Awards and Scholarships

The awards and actual scholarship checks will be presented at the NAACP San Diego Branch General Membership Meeting at 6pm on May 2nd, 2019, in the Community Room at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid.

More Volunteers Desperately Needed!

We are looking for 8-12 more volunteers for the Showcase.  We need people for setup, teardown, to run a video camera, to welcome students, judges, and other volunteers, and more.  Please write us at [email protected] if you can help!