Dominic-Madori Davis, the then graduating student of Matanzas High School ranked high, winning a bronze medal award at the NAACP’s 37th Annual Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) in Philadelphia.
The 2015 ceremony capped months of local competitions, where students competed in 29 categories, ranging from performing arts and music to mathematics, biology, and business.
“When I heard the presenter call our chapter for the bronze medal in playwriting, I didn’t even wait for them to say my name,” she said.
“I was already running toward the stage. After four years of competing in the national competition, to finally win a medal was worth the hard work and my dedication to the program.”
‘Never give up’
Nearly five years later, Davis is the executive lifestyle editorial fellow for Business Insider, a New York City based website engaged in financial and business news.
She covers luxury fashion, style, Gen-Z, and millennial entrepreneurs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in narrative studies from the University of Southern California.
“If I could leave one quote for those talented youth, it would be ‘to never give up on your goals,’” said Davis. “When you least expect success, it arrives. I did it. I brought home the bronze medal in playwriting!”
The setting crystallizes yet another winner.
Jayson Dwyer, a Flagler Palm Coast high school freshman, brought home the gold medal in filmmaking at the same awards competition.
Dwyer is in his second year at the University of Central Florida on a full academic scholarship. He is now studying computer engineering and business.
He is also working on movies. Dwyer sees himself as the next Tyler Perry with his own production company called Jayson Dwyer Studios. After college, he plans to receive a graduate degree in filmmaking in addition to his MBA.
“Jayson is doing great in college and is well-rounded. He is also producing music as a side hobby for up-and-coming young artists,” said his mother, Rose Dwyer.
Together, Davis and Dwyer accumulated $4,500 in scholarships and received iPads.
More about ACT-SO
ACT-SO competitors, directors, sponsors and supporters convene annually for the national competition while winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.
It centers on dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders serving as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African American students.
ACT-SO was founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett.
Previous ACT-SO contestants and winners have been filmmaker John Singleton, musician Kanye West, and actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Anthony Anderson.
ACT-SO contestants are infused with purpose, which is well worth the time and money spent.
Flagler County ACT-SO is thankful for its sponsors, supporters and other contributions from parents and friends.