Hopeful. Excited. Curious.

lauren-james.jpgLauren James graduated from A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia in June 2017. This fall, she will attend Georgia State University where she plans to study Computer Science. Lauren was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because of the wide range of categories that peaked her interest, such as Computer Science, Photography, Dramatics and many others. She was drawn into these categories because they include hobbies that she enjoys doing in her free time, as well as her future career field. This program also rewards students for excelling in their area of expertise, which is something she admired.

Lauren competed at the 2017 local Augusta-Richmond County Georgia ACT-SO branch competition in the Dramatics category. She received a gold medal for her performance of Joseph Arnone’s monologue, Contents Flammable. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Lauren has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!

Three Words to Describe Feelings About National Competition

Hopeful, excited and curious. Lauren feels these three emotions because this is her first time competing at the national competition, so there are endless unknowns that she is curious to discover. She is excited and hopeful because there are many new opportunities and experiences to come that she is confident will help her build her career and future.

Nerves & Excitement

Lauren is more excited than nervous about the upcoming competition, because “a negative result is impossible, due to the fantastic opportunity that follows.” She is looking forward to meeting other students who have a similar drive for success as she does and willingness to showcase their talents on such a large platform. She hopes to gain networking opportunities by engaging with other people who can provide her with new and valuable information. She is also excited to display her skills and talents on a national level.


“If you are considering competing, you are already attracted to what the competition has to offer. There is no reason as to why you shouldn’t go for it. YOU could be the next National First Place Winner, but you have to make the decision to go for it.” – Lauren James

We wish you the best of luck, Lauren, in the 2017 national competition!


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