Aaron Ford is an eleventh grade student at Westwood High School in Blythewood, South Carolina. He was initially attracted to the ACT-SO program because it provided him with the long awaited opportunity to further develop his talents and showcase his craft. Aaron was a gold medalist in the Short Story category of the 2017 local Columbia ACT-SO competition with his award-winning piece titled, The Brave Soul’s Burden. Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Aaron has advanced to compete at the national ACT-SO competition this year in Baltimore, Maryland!
Kaitlin Absent is an 11th grade student at Westgate High School in New Iberia, Louisiana. She decided to join the New Orleans ACT-SO branch last summer, after being inspired by the positive influence she witnessed the program have on its students. She received a gold medal in two categories of the 2017 local ACT-SO competition in Music Instrumental: Contemporary and Classical. For the Music Instrumental Contemporary category, she performed I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston. For the Music Instrumental Classical category, she performed a piece from the book of Ferling Études. Due to her accomplishments in the local competition, Kaitlin has advanced to compete at the national ACT-SO competition this year in Baltimore, Maryland!