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.

Meet Our

9th Annual Bloomington-Normal

NAACP ACT-SO Medalists

The Olympics of the Mind

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
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

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