Nervous. Excited. Blessed.

Jaylyn BakerJaylyn Baker is a graduating senior at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. He will be attending the Naval Academy in the fall where he will study Advanced Electronics. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he hopes to attend Laguna College of Art and Design where he plans to study Fine Arts. Jaylyn’s interest in the ACT-SO program began last year when he discovered that it was a scholarship program created for the artistic and intellectual advancement of young Black men and women.

After competing in 2016 and not winning the local ACT-SO competition, Jaylyn’s goal was to receive a gold medal and advance to compete at the national ACT-SO competition.This year, he achieved his goal as he was a gold medalist in the Photography category of the 2017 local competition with his art piece titled, Pharaoh. Due to his accomplishments in the local competition, Jaylyn will be competing in the Photography category of the 2017 national ACT-SO competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!


Nervous, excited, and blessed. Jaylyn is nervous about the national competition because he does not want to disappoint those who have high expectations for him. He is excited because he finally has the opportunity to showcase his artistic talent to the world. Lastly, he feels blessed because he never thought that he would be in this position, and he is extremely grateful for the doors that the ACT-SO program has opened for him.

Nerves & Excitement

Jaylyn is most nervous about his speech because he knows that he is capable of performing well, but he is anxious about stumbling over words or making any errors. He is confident that he has what it takes to be successful and that this competition is a great start for him in pursuing his Fine Arts career. Jaylyn is looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of the talented students from across the country at the national competition. He also hopes to use this opportunity to take advantage of this platform and use it to gain artistic exposure.


Jaylyn truly believes that ACT-SO is an amazing program. For all of the young people in this competition, and even to those who have not heard of ACT-SO, he encourages you all to “keep doing it, or [at least] try it, because you never know where your talent might take you.”

We wish you the best of luck, Jaylyn, in the 2017 national ACT-SO competition!


One thought on “Nervous. Excited. Blessed.

  1. Jaylyn is a brilliant mind with multiple talents. As his Aunt I’ll admit that I’m bias but with just cause. He has been a light in my life from the day he was born and seeing him accomplish his goals brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. He has made his mother proud as well many in his family and to see the pride in his eyes the day he graduated…knowing that he can accomplish anything was truly amazing. Jaylyn is what GREATNESS looks like. CONGRATULATIONS LOVE!!!!!! Catch my kisses from hundreds of miles away! READY!Mmmmmmmwaaaaaaaah!!!! Sky is the limit!
    Aunt Lisa


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