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ACT-SO is a year-long enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.

ACT-SO Showcase Goes On — Online,

We have received guidance from ACT-SO National as to how we can hold an online competition. It will be very different in some ways from prior years, but it will still celebrate the achievements of our amazing students, and will still allow them to win scholarships and a chance to compete at a national level.

In the past, we have invited the public in to view the competitions. ACT-SO National’s competition rules do not permit us to do this with the online competitions, as they must be help from the students’ homes, and to allow the public in, even virtually, would be an invasion of privacy. However, we will offer students the opportunity to record their work for the public to see, and we will invite them to an online presentation of their scholarships and let them say a few words to you at our June General Membership Meeting.

Information for All Participants

Zoom Account Required

You must create a Zoom account and log into it to join the competition meeting. If you do not have a Zoom account, please visit to create one.

This meeting is for authorized attendees only

Please sign into Zoom with an email address authorized for joining this meeting.

Showcase Rules

  • When joining the meeting, please be alone and have your audio and video turned on
  • Video is to remain on during the entire competition
  • Please have your given first and last name showing in the meeting
  • Your face must be visible for the duration of the competition. Should you need to step away, please do so during the deliberation period.
  • Dress as you would if this were our usual Showcase
  • No recording is allowed
  • The room facilitator will instruct who may speak and when
  • Do not share the Zoom link with anyone

These rules were given to us by the National ACT-SO program, and we have no choice but to follow them if our competitors are to have a chance to compete at the National level.  We thank you for your cooperation!

The Waiting Room

We will be using the Zoom “waiting room” feature. When you join the Showcase, you will see a screen that says:

Please wait, the meeting host will let you in soon

This is normal; please wait, and we’ll let you in soon! 😀

One Meeting Per Category

Each “category” will have a separate Zoom meeting associated with it:

  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • STEM

We will email you the link(s) to the meeting(s) that you will be participating in.

Information for Competitors

You will only be “admitted” to the meeting while you are competing. Please remain in the meeting until your turn arrives.

Information for Judges


Given the difficulties of the virtual competition, we are going to use a simplified scoring system.  We ask the judges to agree together on which student(s), if any, should receive Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention. Only one student may receive each medal, but you need not award any of the medals; if you do not feel a student has achieved the required standard, do not award the medal.  Those standards are:

  • Gold: Outstanding; A to A+ work
  • Silver: Excellent; A- to B+ work
  • Bronze: Very Good; B- to B work
  • Honorable Mention: Creditable effort

Evaluations (Competitor Feedback)

While we will ask you to score each competitor immediately after they present, you may take your time with the written evaluations where you give them specific feedback on their performances, and send those in after the end of the Showcase.

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