Talented young people from a wide variety of disciplines were recognized as local winners in the 2014 Altadena NAACP ACT-SO Awards Celebration held Sunday, April 27, 2014. The celebration draws interest from the local community and surrounding areas, San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles.
The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics of the Mind (ACT-SO) is a National Youth Initiative of the NAACP. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded during the Altadena NAACP's 17th Anniversary Celebration of ACT-SO. Jesse Mitchell, television personality and comedian was the lively and entertaining Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon.
The success of ACT-SO is due largely to the dedication of the ACT-SO local sponsors, volunteers, mentors, and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence. Through this collaborative effort, participating high school students develop the confidence and skills needed to excel in school and life. The students competed in 17 of the 27 categories which comprise the ACT-SO program.
For the first time in Altadena ACT-SO's history the chapter will send a gold medalist in both Microbiology and in Medicine/Health to the National competition in Las Vegas. Receiving a gold medal at the local level, qualify the participants to compete in the national finals held each summer in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention in cities throughout the country.
This year's Gold medalists by category are: Chelsea Johnson – Vocal Contemporary; Jamael Dean - Instrumental Contemporary and Music Composition; Gabriella Brigdmon - Dance; Dominique Wright - Short Story; Omar Wiseman – Painting; Erin Reeves - Photography; Alana Jackson - Microbiology and Medicine/Health; Lillian Paris - Poetry.
Silver medals were awarded to the following: Joniece Boykin – Dance; Chelsea Johnson – Short Story; Patrice Gladney – Poetry; Jade Bryant – Vocal Contemporary; Christopher Astoquillca – Instrumental Contemporary.
Bronze medals were awarded to the following: Jade Bryant – Painting; Kai Nugent – Drama; Ashley Hernandez – Vocal Contemporary; Ashley Campbell – Filmmaking; Dominique Wright – Instrumental Classical; Isabella Bridgmon - Dance.