May 30, 2023
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Dozens of Talented High School Students Participate In Westchester Regional NAACP ACT-So Regional Competition

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The students presented their projects with enthusiasm and pride through a virtual platform.
The competition was a huge success.

On Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Westchester Community College, the participants were recognized and awarded for their presentations with certificates, bronze, silver and gold medals. The Westchester Region Coalition will sponsor the nine gold medalists to participate in the NAACP ACT-SO National Competition to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, July 26-July 29th.

The Westchester Region Coalition Inc will continue to engage in fundraising to ensure that all expenses are paid for the students to compete in the NAACP ACT-SO National Competition. 

The Westchester Region ACT-SO Coalition congratulated the nine gold medalists who will attend the NAACP National Competition.

“We wish them luck,” the coalition said in a press release.

The nine gold medalists are;

Orion Divino Juma Douglas – STEM-Medicine & Health Senior, Ossining  High School – Will attend Northeastern University in the Fall 

Leah Charity-Spriggs – STEM-Engineering – Junior, Tuckahoe High School 

Aryanna Luesma-Hoover – Painting – Senior, Alexander Hamilton High School (Elmsford) – Will attend SUNY Purchase College in the Fall 

Michael Middleton Dance Contemporary – Freshman, Denzel Washington School of the Arts (Mount Vernon)

Lauren Satchell – Music Vocal Contemporary – Senior, Denzel Washington School of the Arts (Mount Vernon) – Will attend Stonehill College in the Fall 

Brice Buchanan – Music Instrumental Contemporary – Senior, Denzel Washington School of the Arts (Mount Vernon) – Will attend SUNY Purchase College in the Fall  

Harmony Hopwood – Poetry Performance – Freshman, New Rochelle High  School 

Ilana RahimBraden – Music Composition – Senior, Westhill High School.  Stamford, CT. 

Devynn Hernandez- Drawing, Senior, Ossining High School – Will attend  SUNY Purchase College in the Fall 

ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) was founded in 1978 by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett and adopted by the NAACP as a major youth initiative. It is a vehicle through which African American high school youth may develop and demonstrate potential for excellence in arts and letters, scientific and artistic pursuits. 

Black Westchester applauds and celebrates all of the talented and ambitious 2023 Westchester Region ACT-SO participants. 

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