“‘Driven for greatness, I refuse to be mediocre.’ So, YOU should strive for the same expectations as well.”
– Kalen McGuire
Kalen McGuire graduated from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas in May 2016. He is a rising sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin where he has a major in Bachelors Studio Arts with a minor in Business. He enjoys listening to music, singing, reading, and painting in his free time. He was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program after the Arlington ACT-SO branch president, Mr. Jason Thomas, came to Duncanville High-School his senior year. Kalen’s interest was immediately peaked after hearing the details of the ACT-SO competition, so much that he joined the program and was a gold medalist in his very first ACT-SO competition.
In the first round of the 2016 ACT-SO Arlington Branch local competition, Kalen received a gold medal in the Visual Arts category. During the 2016 national ACT-SO competition, he was a bronze medalist in the Visual Arts category for his art piece titled, I Smile Because I’m Royalty and Nothing Less, acrylic on canvas, 36×48.
Favorite Part About ACT-SO
Kalen’s favorite part about the ACT-SO program was being able to network with other talented students. To this day, he is still cultivating relationships with students who have participated in the ACT-SO program and competitions. He also loved the fruitful discussions that transpired between him and other artists in the Visual Arts Category of the national competition. Kalen enjoyed being able to sing in the choir at the competition too.
Along with the unforgettable memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Kalen is grateful to the ACT-SO program for providing him with the scholarship that accompanied his bronze medal at the national competition to help pay for his college expenses.
Words of Wisdom
“Compete in as many categories [as] possible, because you just might place gold in all of them! Also, when presented with the opportunity to take part in ACT-SO, do not be afraid to network with fellow students and staff, because your experience can lead to life-long relationships.” – Kalen McGuire