Local ACT-SO Contestant Scores Big at Nationals

The week of August 16, 2020  5 local Gold medalists from the NAACP DeKalb Branch competed via Perigon Platform in the NAACP National ACT-SO competition.  The students were among over 300 contestants representing 50 states. Salmoncain Smith-Shomade, local Gold Medalist for Architecture. took the Bronze medal for his presentation.  Salmoncain’s project for the “Outdoor classroom” was well received and a panel of experts questioned him intently about his concept for such an idea in this season of COVID-19 and beyond.  We are so very proud of Salmoncaine.  We are very proud of all of our winners!  They have represented the DeKalb NAACP branch ACT-SO well.

DeKalb County ACT-SO origianlly held its local competition during the Summer with 23 students competing.  Students all across Dekalb County Georgia and a few from Cobb County competed for medals, scholarships and an opportunity to represent DeKalb County NAACP/ACT-SO on the National Stage in Boston, Mass.  ACT-SO has 33 categories that students are allowed to compete.  This year our students competed in the categories of Music-Contemporary-Instrumental, Music-Classical-Contemporary, Dance Contemporary, Music Composition, STEM-Architecture, Photography, Painting, Music-Contemporary Vocal, Poetry Written and STEM-Chemistry.  Among our students who medaled we had Kenolia Freeman placing Bronze in Photography and Silver in Music Composition.  Kenolia is a student at DeKalb School of the Arts.  Adeyemi Attobra medaled Silver in Music Contemporary Vocal.  Adeyemi is also a student at DeKalb School of the Arts.

All the gold medal winners from the local competition became eligible to compete on the natioanl level.  These students won gold medals at the local level and represented the branch in the national competition:  Zuri Crawford – Music/Contemporary/Vocal,  Lily Sledge, Contemporary Dance (DeKalb School of the Arts), Fawzi James, Music/Contemporary/Instrumental, (Hillgrove High School), Josiah O’Connor, Music/Classical/Instrumental (Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts), and Salmoncain Smith-Shomade, Architecture (Decatur High School).




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