Mar 6, 2008    #009
Contact: Angela Turner

NAACP ACT-SO competition hosted by UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Office of Community and Public Affairs on Saturday, March 8, will co-sponsor the local NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).

ACT-SO, a youth initiative by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

Forty-three local high school students will have a chance to compete in 25 categories in business, the sciences, humanities and performing and visual arts inside UMKC’s University Center, 5000 Holmes. The competitions are scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rooms 106, 117 and Pierson Auditorium.

UMKC faculty and staff will serve as judges. On Sunday, March 9, winners of the competition will receive medals at a reception open to competitors, their families and friends. Local winners move on to compete nationally for scholarships up to $1,000.

ACT-SO depends on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders who serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. More information is available at

The UMKC Office of Community and Public Affairs supports ACT-SO annually through planning efforts and financial assistance.

“We are excited to again have the opportunity to help prepare these young achievers for continued success,” said Stancia Jenkins, assistant vice chancellor of Community and Public Affairs.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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