NAACP Proudly Congratulates   2009   ACT-SO Medalists

Talented young people from a wide array of disciplines took their place in history recently by being recognized as national winners in the NAACP ACT-SO competitions. ACT-SO--the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics--is a major youth initiative of the NAACP. Gold, silver and bronze medalists were announced during the NAACP's 31st annual celebration of ACT-SO that concluded with award ceremonies July 12 in New York City, NY.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students. Gold medalists at the local level qualify for the national finals held each summer.

This year’s winners by category, hometown and NAACP branch affiliation follow below:

Category Place First Name Last Name Locale Branch
Architecture Gold Darryl Hudson Geneva, IL Dupage County Branch
Architecture Silver Noah Kramer Kalamazoo, MI Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch
Architecture Bronze Michael Edwards Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee Branch
Biology/Microbiology Gold Kenneth Callier Hempstead, NY Lakeview Branch
Biology/Microbiology Silver Melissa Sanchez Corona, NY Mid-Manhattan Branch
Biology/Microbiology Bronze Yodit Tsegye Bowie, MD Washington DC Branch
Chemistry/Biochemistry Gold Elayna  Tillman Dallas , TX Dallas Branch
Chemistry/Biochemistry Silver Dasha Savage Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Branch
Chemistry/Biochemistry Bronze Lacie Pierre Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Branch
Computer Science Gold Michael Mekonnen Silver Sping, MD Montgomery County Branch
Computer Science Silver Travis Nwachokor Missouri City, TX Houston Branch
Computer Science Bronze Malcom Keith Dayton, OH Dayton Branch
Dance Gold Gregory Manning, II Indianapolis, IN Greater Indianapolis Branch
Dance Silver Adama Ideozu Los Angeles, CA Altadena Branch
Dance Bronze Chelsea Conwright Houston, TX Houston Branch
Dramatics Gold Asia Robinson Detroit, MI Detroit Youth Council
Dramatics Silver Phillip Young Houston, TX Houston Branch
Dramatics Bronze Krista King Orlando, FL Orange County Branch
Drawing Gold Richard Pean Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Branch
Drawing Silver Yasmin DeJesus Newark, NJ Newark Branch
Drawing Bronze Zachary  Cobb Arlington, TN Memphis Branch
Earth and Space Sciences Gold Erika Trigg Saginaw, MI Bay City Branch
Earth and Space Sciences Silver Anita  Thomas  Crown Point , IN Gary Branch
Earth and Space Sciences Bronze Derell Wilson Norwich, CT Robertsine Duncan Youth Council
Engineering Gold John Boykin III Brunswick, OH Cleveland Branch
Engineering Silver Marius Bizimungu Buffalo, NY Buffalo Branch
Engineering Bronze Timothy Walden Nashville, TN Nashville Branch
Entrepreneurship Gold Gabrielle  McBay Desoto, TX Dallas Branch
Entrepreneurship Silver Marne Garretson Clarksburg, MD Montgomery County Branch
Entrepreneurship Bronze Selena Mitchell San Antonio, TX San Antonio Branch
Filmmaking Gold Simmie Sims Compton, CA Long Beach Branch
Filmmaking Silver Erika Sims Sacramento, CA Sacramento Branch
Filmmaking Bronze James McNeil Jr. Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Branch
Mathematics Gold Muhga Eltigani Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Branch
Mathematics Silver Phillip Nwachokor Missouri City, TX Houston Branch
Mathematics Bronze Nadiya Cooper Linden, NJ Newark Branch
Medicine and Health Gold Queenosob Hashi Buffalo, NY Buffalo Branch
Medicine and Health Silver Eshan Safaya Jackson, MS Jackson-Hinds Youth Council
Medicine and Health Bronze Jamesa  Hines Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Branch
Music Composition Gold Alfred Sheppard, Jr. Tampa, FL Hillsborough County Branch
Music Composition Silver Cameron Thompkins Garland, TX Garland Branch
Music Composition Bronze Alexander  Cummings Camden, NJ Camden County Branch
Music: Inst./Classical Gold William Hailey Norfolk, VA Norfolk Branch
Music: Inst./Classical Silver Matthew Daley Silver Spring, MD Montgomery County Branch
Music: Inst./Classical Bronze Bryant Harris Clevekand, OH Cleveland Branch
Music: Inst./Contemp. Gold Braxton Cook Silver Spring, MD Montgomery County Branch
Music: Inst./Contemp. Silver Alexander  Cummings Camden, NJ Camden County Branch
Music: Inst./Contemp. Bronze Quran Shaheed Pasadena, CA Altadena Branch
Music: Vocal/Classical Gold Justin Austin New York, NY Brooklyn Branch
Music: Vocal/Classical Silver LaRon Thompson Kansas City, KS Kansas City Youth Council
Music: Vocal/Classical Bronze Ryan  Mack Orlando, FL Orange County Branch
Music: Vocal/Contemp. Gold Teira Church Los Angeles, CA Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch
Music: Vocal/Contemp. Silver Jeniffer Criss Dallas, TX Arlington Branch
Music: Vocal/Contemp. Bronze Khadijah Rolle Miami, FL Miami-Dade Youth Council
Oratory Gold Brendien  Mitchell Ocala, FL Orange County Branch
Oratory Silver Auriel Armstrong Long Beach, CA Long Beach Branch
Oratory Bronze Saxton Johnson-Walker Covington, WA Seattle-King County Branch
Original Essay Gold Jasmyne Dennis Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Branch
Original Essay Silver David Harris Silver Spring, MD Montgomery County Branch
Original Essay Bronze Ife Madzimoyo Stone Mountain, GA Atlanta Branch
Painting Gold Tavvon  Reynolds Pikesville, MD Baltimore County Branch
Painting Silver Matthew  Bankhead Camden, NJ Camden County Branch
Painting Bronze Sophia Wong Miami, FL Miami Dade Branch
Photography Gold Ife Madzimoyo Stone Mountain, GA Atlanta Branch
Photography Silver Sophia Wong Miami, FL Miami Dade Branch
Photography Bronze Carson Ward Columbia, MD Howard County Branch
Physics Silver Phillip Nwachokor Missouri City, TX Houston Branch
Physics Bronze Calandria Frazier Plainfield, IL Dupage County Branch
Playwriting Gold Madeline  James Anchorage, AK Anchorage Branch
Playwriting Silver Jacquelyn  Benford Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga-Hamilton County Branch
Playwriting Bronze Tochi Nworu Piscataway, NJ Metuchen-Edison Area Branch
Poetry Gold Rekara Gage Silver Spring, MD Montgomery County Branch
Poetry Silver Marque Linder Buffalo, NY Buffalo Branch
Poetry Bronze Danielle Buckingham Louisville, MS Winston County Branch
Sculpture Gold Morel Doucet Miami, FL Miami Dade Branch
Sculpture Silver Tearsa Thomas Middle River, MD Baltimore County Branch
Sculpture Bronze Jennifer Lantigua Newark, NJ Newark Branch

 

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