Three Local Students Win Medals at NAACP ACT-SO Academic Olympics

Published : Monday, August 14, 2017 | 7:26 PM

Three students representing the Pasadena Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientiļ¬c Olympics) program recently competed at the NAACP National Convention in Baltimore, MD and went home with medals from the academic olympics.

Faith Earley, won a Gold medal in Original Essay and plans to attend Harvard this fall; Lauryn Higginson won a Silver medal in Microbiology and will attend the University of California in San Diego; and Kalina Gittens-Jenkins received a Bronze medal for Photography and has already enrolled in classes at Pasadena City College.

Four other students who represented the Pasadena Branch in the academic competition were Ashley Cravan, who competed in Business Entrepreneurship, Dylan Dillard (Poetry Performance), Chanelle Herrera (Short Story category), and Marjorie McNary (was a dual-category competitor in Dramatics and Written Poetry).

For the past seven years, the Pasedena Branch ACT-SO program, under the guidance of co-chairs Marilyn Mays and Aida Torres, and committee members Karen Herrera and Lois Gaston, has managed to win six national medals.

In 2012 Dominique Rogers won a Silver medal for the Original Essay category, with Lily Paris bagging the Silver medal for Photography and Naomi Berhane winning Bronze for Mathematics.





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