Press Release

Youth Artists, Scientists, Entrepreneurs & Chefs to Compete in National ACT-SO Competition

July 6, 2015

The 37th annual Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition will kick off in Philadelphia on July 9th  during the 106th NAACP Annual Convention. The four day competition begins with an opening ceremony that will feature a keynote address by actress Edwina Findley-Dickerson of the hit show ,“If Loving You is Wrong” airing on the OWN Network.

Students will compete in 29 competitions in five categories: business, humanities, visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts and STEM. The culinary arts portion of the competition will be judged by renowned chefs: G. Garvin, Aaron Perez and Arnym Solomon. Media is invited to watch live presentations of students as they cook, sing, dance, perform poetry and conduct scientific experiments.

On July 12th, students will gather for a star-studded Awards Ceremony at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, hosted by Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner, stars of the ABC sitcom black-ish.

The annual NAACP-sponsored competition attracts hundreds of the nation’s most gifted young people. ACT-SO award winners can win up to $2,000 in scholarship money. More than 300,000 young people have participated in the program since its inception.

Media interested in covering any ACT-SO events, must RSVP with Michelle Nealy at

Thursday, July 9, 2015
ACT-SO Opening Ceremony
Pennsylvania Convention Center
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, July 10, 2015
ACT-SO Competitions
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Competition Categories: Architecture, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Earth and Space Science, Engineering,
Mathematics, Physics, Visual Arts Gallery, Drawing, Filmmaking, Sculpture and more!
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
ACT-SO Competitions
Competition Categories: Culinary Competition
Pennsylvania Convention Center
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sunday July 12, 2015
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
ACT-SO Awards Ceremony


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