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.


ACT-SO Save the Date

Dear ACT-SO supporters,

Illinois State NAACP Conference President, Teresa Haley, has canceled all NAACP events for the months of March and April.

In response to the growing concerns and circumstances surrounding the coronavirus  pandemic (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 and banquet have been postponed. This decision was made after careful consideration of the current information available from the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as  state and local health officials.

The Bloomington-Normal ACT-SO Leadership Team

Gold Medal

Meet Our 2020

Jackie Alzebdieh | Drawing | Poetry-WrittenAmbria Maddox | Entrepreneurship | Painting | SculptureMorgan Palmer | Music Vocal ContemporarySimone Lee | Computer ScienceAlexander Phillips | Oratory | Poetry Performance | Poetry-WrittenKaylin Richards | Music Vocal ContemporaryAniya Thompson | Dramatic Arts: Acting | Music Vocal ContemporaryShariq Zaman | Chemistry/BiochemistryFaeq Zaman | Physics

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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