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IU Northwest to display projects of NAACP youth competition April 16

‘Olympics of the mind’ encourages achievement among African American high school students


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The Indiana University Northwest Office of Diversity Programming invites the community to view the student projects of The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), which will be on display in the Moraine Student Center from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

Informally known as the ‘Olympics of the Mind,’ the ACT-SO competition is sponsored by the Gary branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett in 1978, ACT-SO is a youth program of the NAACP designed to “recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students.”

The event recognizes and awards young people who have demonstrated academic and cultural achievement with gold, silver and bronze medals as well as cash scholarships to winners in 25 categories in sciences, humanities and performing and visual arts.

Participants will be vying for a chance to take their work to the state competition in Los Angeles in July.

For more information about ACT-SO, contact Phyllis Barlow, office coordinator for the IU Northwest Office of Diversity Programming, at (219) 980-6596.