The 2018 ACT-SO Competition will be held at Henry J. Kirksey Middle School

5677 Highland Dr.

Jackson, MS 39206

 ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO provides a forum through which African-American youth can demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.


ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The ACT-SO program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders who serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. There are 32 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts.


ACT-SO: Today’s Youth…Tomorrow’s Legends.

“If you believe you can do it, then…ACT-SO!”


2018 Materials

2018 Mississippi ACT-SO Competition Application

To view the Mississippi ACT-SO Fact Sheet click here

To view the Mississippi ACT-SO Category Descriptions click here

To view the Mississippi ACT-SO Mission click here


For ACT-SO Application Fee Payment: Click Here!

2014 Mississippi ACT-SO Highlights:


2014 ACT-SO Gallery


2013 Mississippi ACT-SO Medalists:



Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP President Derrick Johnson (Far Left) and ACT-SO Advisory Lolita Bolden (Far Right) stand with the gold medalists from the Mississippi NAACP ACT-SO Competition.  Each student scored 95 and above during the competition held on March 23, 2013 at Jackson State University and will travel to Orlando, Florida for the National Competition in July.  They are (L-R): Zariah Hubbard, Jasmine Miller, Cristiana James, Jarrius Adams, Lamecha Manning, Rosheka Davis, Hillery Watkins, Candhessa Jones, Krystal Jackson, Johsua Paige, John Uzondinma, II.  View Competition Results

2013 Mississippi ACT-SO Highlights:


2013 ACT-SO Gallery

2012 National ACT-SO Highlights:

2012 ACT-SO Gallery

Click the Image Below to Watch the Video



You are encouraged to apply and participate, we would love to have you.