The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 29 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

Juan Cofield, NEAC President reports that NEAC Branches had 3 ACT-SO contestants to win awards in the 2020 competition several weeks ago.  CONGRATULATIONS to the award winners and to the Branches which sponsored them.  They were:

Brockton Area Branch

    Stephanie Amanze  –  Bronze Award Winner – Health/Medicine Category

    Chrisla Lesley  – Bronze Award Winner – Traditional Dance Category

Boston Branch

    Janae Lesley  – Bronze Award Winner – Poetry Performance Category


Roughly 5 years ago, the Brockton Area Branch developed a strong ACT-SO program, which began each Fall with an informing and effective mentoring program.  The strength of the Branch’s mentoring program has manifested itself with the Branch’s winning record.   In these 5 years, the Brockton Area Branch has had at least one contestant to win a medal every year, of which, 2 awards were gold.    NEAC’s ACT-SO Committee Chair,Tiffanie Ellis-Niles, is the mother of an ACT-SO gold award winner.   

CONGRATULATIONS again to each of the 3 award winners this year.