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!

2019 ACT-SO Showcase to be Held at World Beat Center

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.

ACT-SO Joins Futuristic Fun; Dream Tank and Vision Board

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.

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Parade

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr giving his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Final Updates!

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 Builds Robots with lilStar

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.

Chow Down and College Up: ACT-SO Visits the HBCU Expo

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.

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 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.

NAACP San Diego Freedom Fund Dinner 2018

“Our Voices, Our Engagement, Our Votes Matter!” was the theme of our annual Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12, 2018 at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa.  Dr. Helen Griffith, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of e3 Civic High served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Consistent with the theme of the dinner, Dr.  Andre´ Branch, president of the San Diego NAACP reminded all those gathered of the critical importance of voting on November 6, 2018.

There were outstanding performances by saxophonist Erisa Nicole, pianist Gloria Daviston and drummers of Extreme Rahim Entertainment.  Jor’Denay Collier, San Diego ACT-SO gold medalist, performed her award winning poem, “Mr.  Drugdealer.”  The 9th and 10th Cavalry Association, San Diego Chapter Buffalo Soldiers, led the presentation of colors ceremony.

The San Diego NAACP honored four students for their outstanding academic accomplishments.  The students were Yosief Abraham (Hoover High School), Amy Amoah (Eastlake High School), Jor’Denay Collier (Eastlake High School), and Angel Rios (Lincoln High School).

Dr. Branch presented a President’s Award to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for his service and leadership.  Attorney General Becerra has decades of experience serving the people of California through appointed and elected office, where he has fought for working families, the vitality of the Social Security and Medicare programs and issues to combat poverty among the working poor.

The San Diego NAACP honored three individuals for their community service.  Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, Vice President, State Governmental Affairs and External Affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company is an active member of the community.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Museum of Art, the Voice of San Diego and the California Asian Chamber of Commerce.  Rebecca Paida is the Senior Program Manager for Nile Sisters Development Initiative.  The mission of that organization is to educate, support and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to help them overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance.  Ms. Paida is a former refugee who is intimately aware of the health disparities as well as the social and economic challenges people face when relocating to a new community.  Eric Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs at San Diego State University has dedicated his life to advancing access, student success and achievement for all students in higher education.  Under his leadership the division significantly expanded learning communities and student support centers such as the Black Resource Center, Commuter Resource Center and the Women’s Resource Center.

The San Diego NAACP honored four organizations for their community service.  The California Innocence Project (CIP) is a law school clinic, founded in 1999 at California Western School of Law, dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students and changing laws and policies in the state of California.  Since its inception, CIP has freed 30 people from prison who have served more than 340 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.  The San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild provides a forum for the continuation of the tradition of quilting as an art and a method of recording history and storytelling.  They donate baby quilts to military families.  They donate quilts to community members who are ill.  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter provides scholarships to youth in the San Diego community.   Its signature event held in April is “Zeta to a Tea, Military Women Rock!”  The event honors women who have or are serving our country in the military.  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter serves the community though activities that include providing scholarships, contributing to organized charities and promoting voter education and voter registration.

The San Diego NAACP holds its general membership meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Jacobs Center located at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego.  The meetings are open to the public.

Here are photographs of attendees and honorees and performances from the dinner:

The Union Tribune covered the dinner:

San Diego NAACP honors service at Freedom Fund Dinner

The San Diego NAACP held its Freedom Fund gala dinner.

And this was the event program:

NAACP 2018 Booklet 10.5.18

Our Sponsors

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.

If you wear your ACT-SO t-shirt (which we will be happy to give students for free if they signup to compete), we will give you a $5 coupon toward food and drink!

For more information about Black Xpression, visit facebook.com/IWillXpress/.