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Duarte to Host NAACP's ACT-SO Local Competition

The local competition of the Pasadena/Duarte NAACP Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics of the mind (ACT-SO) for African-American youth, will again take place at the Duarte Senior Center on April 27, 2019. More than 50 students from throughout the San Gabriel Valley are expected to compete in over 25 categories including biology, math, and original essay.  In preparation for the competition, adults interested in participating as a volunteer mentor for a high school age competitor or a local competition judge are needed.   


ACT-SO, founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, is an enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among those self-identifying as African-American high school students. Youth who achieve a gold medal in their category will proceed to the national competition held prior the 110th   annual NAACP Convention in July at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan. 


Duarte Teen Center Director, Marilyn Mays, chairs the Pasadena/Duarte NAACP ACT-SO competition. Duarte Deputy City Manager, Karen Herrera, Duarte Public Safety Crime Prevention Specialist, Aida Torres and former Mayor, Lois Gaston are co-chairs.  For program information or to serve as a judge or mentor, contact Marilyn Mays at (626) 303-0863, ext. 402 or via email at