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For additional Details Please contact
Art Johnson, Chair
Miami-Dade NAACP ACT-SO Committee at
(305) 685-9436




Special invitation To Be Recognized By The

Miami-Dade School District



Great news!

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall,  Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade Board of Miami-Dade County  Public Schools (MDCPS), has extended an invitation to you and your parents to attend a congratulatory reception and an upcoming school board meeting,  where you will be honored for qualifying as  an NAACP ACT-SO 2016 Gold Medalists. Please make plans to join us to once again celebrate your achievement. The details are as follow

Date: Wednesday, August 10
Location: Miami-Dade School Board Administration Building

We look forward to your attending this special event. You can take great pride in all that you have a ccomplished thus far and in having this opportunity to be honored by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board and its administrative team.



100 Miami-Dade

NAACP ACT-SO National Winners

From 1980 to Today!


SIX NEW Medal Winners !!!

  1. Cornelius Tulloch -Architecture-: Bronze medal
  2. Dylan Etienne - Sculpture: Silver Medal
  3. David Baptiste - Photography: Bronze medal
  4.  Ezekiel Binns - Original Essay : Silver Medal
  5. Kebra-Seyoun Charles - Music instrumental classical: Gold meda
  6. William Gordon - Poetry performance -: Gold medal


Count Down To National ACT-SO 2016


Key Dates

July 14 ACT-SO Opening Ceremony
July 15 38th National ACT-SO Competition Day
July 16 ACT-SO Event
July 17 ACT-SO Awards and Closing Ceremonies
Category Winner
Architecture Cornelius Tulloch
Ezekiel Binns
Computer Science Samientha Tellus
Shanese Wright
Dance - Contemporary Jasmine Mays
Tracy Denis
Dance - Modern Kameran Whigham
Paris Webster
Dramatics Paris Webster
Drawing Christian Harris
Music Composition Dija Thomas
  Kebra-Seyoun Charles
Music: Instrumental (Contemp) Kori Wallace
Music: Vocal (Contemp) Alecsys Turner
  Sherrod Taylor
Original Essay Ezekiel Binns
Kourtney Wallace
Painting Cornelius Tulloch
Nadia Wolff
Photography David Baptise
Poetry Performance Adonis Valdez
  Nadia Wolff
Poetry - Written Ethan Ramsey
Kourtney Wallace
Short Story Viviana Simons
Sculpture David Baptiste
Dylan Etienne-Ramsay


The information contained in the guidebook is for eligible student participants, community volunteers, educators, mentors, as well as potential sponsors/supporters.

“An Olympics of the Mind”, ACT-SO is the “brainchild” of the late Vernon Jarrett.  An NAACP life member and advocate for children, Jarrett was a pioneer African American national syndicated journalist.  After continually observing rising U.S. trends, which much too often indicated African-American students among the ethnic groups with the lowest scholastic scores and highest dropout rates, particularly in an overwhelming number of urban-centered school districts, he felt the need to do something to help stem the tide of this serious nationwide problem.

Jarrett believed that the promotion of “a winning spirit" in approaching any aspect of life goes a long way in encouraging and inspiring youngsters towards excellence in academics, as well as cultural activities.He also believed in the African proverbial adage that “It takes a village”. As a result of his push to mobilize adult community volunteers, interested in helping to promote excellence in achievement, scholastically and in co-curricula and after-school activities, he founded ACT-SO.

ACT-SO became the "battle cry", as community volunteers in NACCP branches throughout the nation sought to join forces with school districts and educators to inspire and celebrate academic achievement among deserving Black students as scholars, visual and performing artists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

In the interest of youngsters throughout Florida, local NAACP ACT-SO committee chairpersons and members, volunteers and student participants solicit continued interest, support, expertise, skills and talents, towards smothering the climate of low expectation and scholastic achievement and promoting a climate for the improvement of academic excellence. 


We urge you to join our community in promoting  Project    ACT-SO!

Art Johnson, Chair
Hyacinth O.Johnson, Co-Chair 
Dr. Shirley Johnson,
        Miami Dade NAACP