Bloomington-Normal NAACP ACT-SO


ACT-SO is an acronym for Academic, Cultural, Technological Scientific Olympics. 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. The ACT-SO 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 African-American students. There are 29 categories of competition in the areas of STEM, humanities, performing arts, visual arts, business, and culinary arts.

9th Annual Bloomington-Normal NAACP ACT-SO Awards Ceremony & Banquet

The Olympics of the Mind

Sunday, April 28, 2019  |  3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites  |  3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington
Catering by Baxter’s American Grille

Keajia (Keke) Hardin

Keajia (Keke) Hardin
Bloomington-Normal ACT-SO
Culinary Arts
Gold Medalist

Juniors or Seniors currently in a culinary arts program.

Bloomington-Normal is one of fourteen cities in the United States invited to participate in the NAACP ACT-SO Culinary Arts Program this year.  Local Gold medals winners go on to compete on the national level and are eligible to receive scholarship credit to the Culinary Insittue of America in Hyde Park New York and have been offered opportunities at Sodexo upon graduation.
The experience, exposure and  connections garnered from this event are unmatched.  To witness the culinary event on the national level is AMAZING!! Requirements
2018 gold medalists


2018 Olympians


Gold Medalists:

Rozilyn Alzebdieh – BHS – Sculpture

Jordyn Blythe – U-High – Dramatics and Oratory

Jessica Bynum – NCHS – Filmmaking

Mia Chewe – U-High – Short Story

Boston Cooper, III – U-High – Entrepreneurship and Poetry-Performance

Jesus Gonzalez – BHS – Music Instrumental Contemporary

Keajia Hardin – NCHS, BACC – Culinary Arts(not pictured)

Kaylyn Richards – BHS – Music Vocal Contemporary

Tierra Shickel – BHS – Poetry-Written

Alexis Starks – NCHS – Photography

Silver Medalists:

Rozilyn Alzebdieh – BHS – Painting

Mia Chewe – U-High – Original Essay

Jaylyn Haynes – BHS – Poetry-Written

Ambria Maddox – NCHS, BACC – Sculpture

Morgan Palmer – BHS – Music Vocal Contemporary

Alexander Phillips – BHS – Oratory

Tierra Shickel – BHS – Photography and Poetry-Performance

Bronze Medalists:

Kai Bates-Diop – U-High – Photography and Medicine & Health

Boston Cooper, III – U-High – Poetry-Written

Faith Jones – NCHS – Dramatics

Rebekah Nielsen – NWHS, BACC – Culinary(not pictured)

Honorable Mention:

Jacqueline Alzebdieh – BHS – Poetry

Zyon Randle – U-High – Music Vocal Contemporary

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