Excited. Accomplished. Nervous.

Raven Joseph.JPGRaven Joseph is a junior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York, New York. She was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because of its strong sense of community and great reputation as a national event founded by the NAACP. She competed in the 2017 local Lakeview ACT-SO branch competition in the Modern Dance category, where she received a gold medal for her piece titled, She. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Raven advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this month!

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Excited. Determined. Nervous.

Courtney DraperCourtney Draper is a rising senior at Toledo School for the Arts. She was introduced to the ACT-SO program by one of her high school mentors who headed one of the clubs she was a member of. She competed in the local Toledo ACT-SO branch competition in the Contemporary Dance category, where she received a gold medal for her piece titled, Scars to Your Beautiful. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Courtney has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this week!

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Excited. Nervous. Prepared.

Khamedriah Grimes.jpgKhamedriah Grimes is a rising senior at Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri. She was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because one of its main focuses is on Fine Arts, which is her passion. She was also interested in the opportunity to win college scholarships as a reward for winning the competitions. Khamedriah competed in the 2017 local Kansas City ACT-SO branch competition in the Playwright category, where she received a gold medal for her play titled, Confessions of a Tragic Murder? Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Khamedriah has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this week!

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Anxious. Honored. Grateful.

Taylor WynneTaylor Wynne graduated from Beaumont School for Girls in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 2017. In the fall, she will attend Bethune Cookman University, where she will study Elementary Education with a concentration in English and a minor in Religious Studies. She was originally introduced to ACT-SO during one of her NAACP meetings. She realized the many wonderful opportunities that the program offerS to the youth, and she instantly knew that she had to participate. She competed  in the 2017 local Cleveland ACT-SO branch competition in the Oratory category, where she received a gold medal for her piece titled, Dreams. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Taylor has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of this month!

 

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Elated. Anxious. Determined.

Keyara Edwards.pngKeyera Edwards is a rising senior at Toledo Early College in Toledo, Ohio. She was introduced to ACT-SO by her school counselor, Stacey Oxner. After seeing her performance of her piece titled, Pretty Hurts, at her school talent show, Stacey was thoroughly impressed and encouraged Keyera to join the program. When she attended the first ACT-SO meeting, after turning in her paperwork, she was instantly hooked on this unique experience. She was ready to explore a new opportunity and continue to share her poetry with the public. She decided to compete at the local Toledo NAACP ACT-SO branch competition in the Poetry Performance category, and she received a gold medal for her piece titled, I’m Fine. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Keyera has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of this month!

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Excited. Ecstatic. Happy.

Byron HydeByron Hyde recently graduated from Artesia High School in Lakewood, California in 2017. In the fall, he will attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he plans to study Vocal Performance. He was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because of its diversity and various competition categories. The program also gave him the opportunity to showcase his vocal talent. He competed in the 2017 local Kansas City Missouri ACT-SO branch competition, where he received a gold medal in the Classical: Vocal category for his performance of Every Valley Shall Be Exalted by Handel’s Messiah.

Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Byron has advanced to competed at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this month!

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