Bloomington-Normal ACT-SO


ACT-SO is an acronym for Academic, Cultural, Technological Scientific Olympics. It is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students. The program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among students. There are 32 categories of competition in the areas of STEM, humanities, performing arts, visual arts, business, and culinary arts.


In response to the growing concerns and circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and as a precautionary measure for the safety and health of our ACT-SO students, families, volunteers, and supporters, the Bloomington-Normal competition was virtual.

This year, our Olympians are prepared to compete in Humanities, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Business, and STEM categories. These talented students representing Bloomington School District 87 and McLean County Unit 5 have been working hard on their projects for the past seven months. To ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved with ACT-SO, we will present a VIRTUAL COMPETITION AND AWARDS CEREMONY.

Gold Medal

Meet Our 2020

Jackie Alzebdieh | Drawing | Poetry-WrittenAmbria Maddox | Entrepreneurship | Painting | SculptureSimone Lee | Computer ScienceAlexander Phillips | Oratory | Poetry Performance | Poetry-WrittenKaylin Richards | Music Vocal ContemporaryAniya Thompson | Dramatic Arts: Acting | Music Vocal ContemporaryFaeq Zaman | PhysicsShariq Zaman | Chemistry/Biochemistry

Illinois State University Dept. of English | Bryanna Tidmarsh, PhD candidate and Instructor | Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Acting Chair and Coordinator | Jenn (Coletta) Tullos, PhD candidate and Instructor
2019 ACT-SO Gold Medalists


2019 ACT-SO Medalists


Gold Medalists:

Jackie Alzebdieh – BHS – Poetry Written

Jess Bynum – NCHS – Filmmaking

Yasimine Hamilton – BHS – Dance

Alexander Phillips – BHS – Oratory

Aniya Thompson – NCHS – Music Vocal Contemporary

Silver Medalists:

Rozilyn Alzebdieh – BHS – Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Bronze Medalists:

Keajia Hardin – NCHS – Culinary Arts: Acting

Alexander Phillips – BHS – Dramatic Arts: Acting

Aniya Thompson – NCHS – Dramatics

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