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Who is Eligible to Participate

High school students of African-American descent, who are legal citizens of the United States, and are enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate.

In addition, students must:

  1. Be an individual who has demonstrated a genuine interest in one of the 26 categories

  2. Submit a separate project, one contestant per category per city (a contestant may enter up to three (3) categories of competition)
  3. Be of amateur status, having never performed as a professional in any categories of competition
  4. Conform to the guideline requirements as dictated by the categor(ies) chosen
  5. Submit an application (written or online) to his/her local ACT-SO chapter

For students who will advance to the National ACT-SO Competition, contestants must submit to his/her local NAACP chapter:

  1. A national application
  2. A one to two page, typed [double-spaced] biography
  3. A completed parental consent form
  4. A medical release form signed by a parent
  5. A small, clear photo
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