Charles County NAACP to hold ACT-SO orientation and kick-off event Nov. 18

Charles County NAACP to hold ACT-SO orientation and kick-off event Nov. 18

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school students can learn more about a NAACP-sponsored program during an upcoming orientation and kick-off event. The NAACP’s Academic, Cultural, Technological, & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is designed to pair teens with professionals in specific areas of interest. The Charles County Branch of the NAACP will hold an ACT-SO orientation and kickoff 6:30 to 8 p.m., Nov. 18, in the gymnasium of New Hope Church of God in Waldorf.

Students of color who are U.S. citizens, in Grades 9 to 12 and who are amateurs are eligible to participate in ACT-SO. A community-based enrichment program, ACT-SO pairs students with volunteer instructors and mentors to develop projects and take part in enrichment opportunities like workshops, tutorials and field trips. The interest areas are in STEM, business, humanities, performing visual and culinary arts, and hospitality management.

Local ACT-SO competitions and ceremonies highlight projects, research and work completed by students. Competition winners at the local level receive medals and prizes provided by local and regional sponsors and contributors. Gold medalists at the local level advance to the national competition where they vie for scholarships and other rewards provided by national sponsors.

Students can participate in up to three competition areas and if they advance at the local level, they receive the opportunity to compete against other top students from around the country on a national scale.  

In the STEM interest area, students can participate in competitions for:

  • Architecture
  • Biology/microbiology
  • Chemistry/biochemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth & space science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and health
  • Physics

Entrepreneurship is the competition area in the Business category.

In the Visual Arts interest area, students can participate in competitions for:

  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

In the Humanities interest area, students can compete in:

  • Music composition
  • Original essay
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry: Written
  • Short story
  • Poetry: Performance

In the Performing Arts interest area, students can participate in competitions for:

  • Dance — Ballet
  • Dance — Contemporary
  • Dance — Modern
  • Dance — Traditional
  • Dramatic Arts — Acting
  • Music Instrumental — Classical
  • Music Instrumental — Contemporary
  • Music Vocal — Classical
  • Musical Vocal — Contemporary
  • Oratory

There are also a Culinary Arts interest area and a Hospitality Management interest area. For more details about each category, click here.

ACT-SO is designed to recruit, stimulate and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students of color. ACT-SO students sharpen their skills by working for a year with community-based volunteers familiar with the specific content areas.   

Volunteers in the community mentor students in their field of interest while promoting academic and artistic excellence among the younger generation. Community members who want to participate as mentors, sponsors, organizers and in other roles can contact or Students and their parents who would like more information about ACT-SO, may contact or

To see a video about an ACT-SO program, visit

New Hope Church of God is at 4200 Old Washington Road in Waldorf.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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