MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Overton High School students dominated the 2016 NAACP ACT-SO Awards with 17 places among 39 awards.
According to the official ACT-SO results, Overton High students also swept the category of Poetry - Spoken Word. Cordova High School followed with eight winners, and Central High posted six.
The ACT-SO awards stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, and is marked with the culmination of the ACT-SO youth program. The program is focused on encouraging students in area schools to compete in 26 categories spanning performing arts, visual arts, and humanities.
"It's such a fantastic opportunity for us to honor our exceptional young people," Executive Director of the NAACP Memphis Branch Madeleine Taylor said. "ACT-SO is a chance for these students to showcase their work and their talent, and to be recognized for excellent work. It helps us encourage students toward high-level academic and cultural pursuits."
First through third place winners received an Olympic-style medal to mark the achievement.
First-place winners in each competition will be traveling, expenses-paid, to the National ACT-SO competition.