Millington students prepare for NAACP filmmaking competition

Millington students prepare for NAACP filmmaking competition

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A group of Mid-South students are preparing for a filmmaking competition that could bring national recognition to their broadcast program in Millington.  

For the past 10 years, members of the Millington Central High School (MCHS) broadcasting program have participated in the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics or ACT-SO film competition.

Five of those years MCHS brought home first place honors.

ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit and encourage high academic achievement among African-American high school students.

It includes 29 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual, and culinary arts. 

At 4 p.m. next Thursday (March 10) at First Baptist Church Broad in Memphis, filmmaking students from Millington will compete. 

The first place winner will move on to the July national championship in Cincinnati, with all expenses paid by NAACP for winners of each division. 

"It's so exciting to see those students put forth all of those creative film pieces and compete against each other in the ACT-SO competition," said Tamela Calvin, a Broadcasting Career and Technical Advisory Committee Board Member. 

The students have been using their creativity to write, produce, host interviews, and record films about black history and culture.

Calvin said the competition will highlight the students' talent and determination. 

"If you have an idea in your mind, just go for it," Calvin said. "I inspire them to pursue a career in broadcasting, and do just the very best they can do in that field."

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