Flagler youth give preview of ACT-SO performances


Jeroline McCarthyTaking on talent, students showcased a preview of what they will perform for the 35th Annual ACT-SO Awards Ceremony.

They represented five categories – Science, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Business – which will be presented nationally in Orlando July 5 for ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics).

ACT-SO is the NAACP’s principal youth initiative, lauded for $100,000 in cash, fully loaded laptops, and an all-expense paid trip to Houston.

Above are Flagler County students participating in the NAACP’s ACT-SO youth program.
Above are Flagler County students participating in the NAACP’s ACT-SO youth program.

They met up for the ACT-SO Kickoff Fund-Raising Luncheon, showcasing the recent preview, sponsored by the Flagler County NAACP.

The community turned out at Palm Coast Community Center to clap hands and cheer Xavier Ryan, the 2012 ACT-SO bronze medalist, Shekinah Maybin for drama, Melissa Boyles for poetry, Jordan Baptist on keyboard, Alexis Williams for vocal, Daniel Mills for website design, and Crystal Buchanan for oratory.

Walking away in the past with ACT-SO awards have been celebrities Kanye West, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and John Singleton.

Emcee Ashley Quire kept tabs so the show would run smoothly.

The students and other students have challenged interests and are relying on mentors, coaches and other volunteers to help them through the ACT-SO enrichment program to enhance academic and artistic excellence.

Student profiles and photos aligned the dining tables, parading a youth culture that is praiseworthy, rather than showing a lineup of mugshots.

Branch President Linda Sharpe Haywood canvassed for money to help fund the free ACT-SO enrichment program.

Stephanie Ecklin is chairman of the ACT-SO Executive Committee, along with Richlin Ryan, Co-Chair; and members Muriel Luci McGhee, Rose Griffin, Bryant Logan, Cheryl Massaro, Sonia Jiminez, Phyllis Pearson, Travis Lee, Katrina Townsend, and Sh’mal Ellenberg.

If you wish to make your way and contribute, call the branch at 386-446-7822.

Alpha Kappa Alpha to host Fashionetta
Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority writes inviting your daughter to participate in  “The First Annual Fashionetta.”

They elaborate that it is a wonderful experience for young girls in the third through eighth grades. The culminating event will be a fall pageant where the girls will receive awards, showcase talent, and be presented to the community in debutante attire.

The pageant will generate funds to benefit scholarships for youth and other philanthropic endeavors. It is an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority signature program.

If your daughter would like to be the next “Little Miss Fashionetta” or “Miss Fashionetta,” please join Chi Delta Omega Chapter come Feb. 24, 3 to 6 p.m., at the Grand Club at Cypress Knoll Golf Course, 53 Easthampton Boulevard, Palm Coast. A $150 registration fee will be due at the meeting.

With regard to questions, log on to Fashionetta@AKAChiDeltaOmega.org.


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