Josephine Sesay graduated from Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey in June 2017. She will attend Rutgers University, in the fall, where she plans to study Biology, specifically the Physician’s Assistant track. Seeing that it was a program filled with Black excellence, Josephine was immediately attracted to the ACT-SO program. She wanted to surround herself with great people like the ones she saw participate in ACT-SO. Josephine competed at the 2017 local New Brunswick Area ACT-SO branch competition in the Vocal Contemporary category, where she received a gold medal for her performance of Scott Alan’s song, Anything Worth Holding On To. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Josephine has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!
Three Words to Describe Feelings about National Competition
Ambitious, nervous and brave. Josephine feels ambitious because she wants to have success in the competition and, hopefully, receive a gold medal for her work. She will do whatever it takes to prepare and perfect her craft for this competition. She feels nervous because she knows that there will be stiff competition as there are many great performers that she will have to compete against. Lastly, Josephine feels brave because she is taking part in a large competition filled with students from all over the country aspiring to pursue their passion.
Nerves & Excitement
Josephine is most nervous about competing against all of the other great competitors. She is beginning to question her own abilities a bit because she is worried about the experience and skills of the other students. Although she has some anxieties, she is looking forward to witnessing all of the rich talent that the ACT-SO competitors nationwide have to offer. From participating in this competition, Josephine hopes to gain more perseverance and, even if she does not place, she will remain motivated to continue pursuing her aspirations as a singer.
Thank You ACT-SO
ACT-SO has played a huge roll in shaping Josephine into the young woman that she is today. Her peers and mentors have taught her so much, and this program will always have a special place in her heart. She is so grateful for everything that ACT-SO has provided her, and one day, she wishes to give back to the program in a significant way.
“You should totally do it. It will really help you get through high school.
You will meet life-long friends and be filled in an environment fit for young people
hoping to achieve big things.” – Josephine Sesay
We wish you the best of luck, Josephine, in the 2017 national competition!