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
Amy Amoah – Drawing
Jacari Jenkins – Drawing
Sharr Alexander – Painting
Joshua Olaoye – Photography
Jacari Jenkins – Composition
Raynisha Fields – Classical Instrument
Caleb Berry – Contemporary Instrument
Shainiece Law – Contemporary Vocal
3:00PM – 5:00PM
Amy Amoah – Essay
Raynisha Fields – Essay
Raynisha Fields – Written Poetry
Jackson Duckworth – Mathematics
Joshua Olaoye – Computer Science
Performing Arts (Spoken)
Jor’Denay Collier – Oratory
Jor’Denay Coller – Poetry Performance
Presentation of Scores
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.
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!
Breaking news! The ACT-SO Showcase will be held at the fantastic World Beat Center in Balboa Park!
Join us to celebrate the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific talents of African-American high school students on April 27th!
The exact schedule of events is not yet finalized, but the various competitions will begin at 1pm and finish by 5pm. A detailed schedule will be available soon, so you can decide which competition(s) you want to see.
Care to envision the future? Want to plan to carry it out? ACT-SO is joining two futuristic events for young folks:
You’ve seen the mess old folks have made of the world; it’s up to you to straighten it out. Show up and show them new ideas to beat the old ones!
These events are both free and require no registration; just show up!
While the Vision Board Party will build on the Dream Tank, and it’s best if you can do both, you may attend either one without the other.
T-Shirts are Here!
The t-shirts are here. If you ordered a t-shirt, we have it for you. If you didn’t order a t-shirt, you can still pick one up in most common sizes. T-shirts cost $15. You may purchase one at the parade, or you may purchase one from 2-3pm on Saturday, January 19th at the NAACP Office, Room 388 of the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Avenue.
Find Us by the Fountain
The parade sets up between noon and 2pm on Harbor Drive between the County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway) and the Embarcadero. We will gather at 1pm by the circular fountain on the bay (Harbor Drive) side of the County Administration building:
Please arrive by 1pm to be sure to have time to find us before the parade begins. Consider taking the trolley to the County Administration Building to avoid parking problems.
About the Parade
Read what the organizers, the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. have to say about the parade:
Join us on Harbor Drive Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.
This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
Come join thousands as we continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m.
ACT-SO enabled six students to join lilStar’s BUILD Robots day. This was a fun day for the kids, who got to build actual autonomous robots from kits generously provided by Clarity Design, in a lab at the University of San Diego. Sponsorship was also provided by Beta Selam Academy. The instructor for the day was Camille Eddy.
There is an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Expo happening at the Jacobs Center on January 19th, from 2-6pm. Join the ACT-SO crew for (free) lunch, then head on over to the Expo and see what these historic educational institutions have to offer.
We are having lunch from Burros & Fries from 12-2pm in Room 389. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, we have plenty of food.
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 member of the committee, one of our judges, several students and their parents.
We look forward to many more ACT-SO outings in the coming months, include a movie night, a tour of the Salk Institute, a lecture/demonstration on neuroscience, and much more.
ACT-SO is the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Scientific, Technological and Scientific Olympics for African-American high school students. If you have talent and want to show it off, sign up with us today! Or, if you would like to see African-American students succeed, sign up to help out.