A group of gifted and talented Baltimore high school students recently competed in the NAACP’s 33rd Annual National ACT-SO Competition. The event was part of the 102nd Annual NAACP Convention, held July 20-24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the Wilshire Grand Hotel and was hosted by actress Teala Dunna and Rocsi from the BET show 106 & Park.

Charm City was represented by eight students at this year’s competition, deemed the “Olympics of the Mind.” Four students from Baltimore City’s ACT-SO program were awarded national medals. Monique Ingram, from the Baltimore School for the Arts received the Silver Medal in dramatics, while her classmate Tyrone Page won a silver medal in classical instrumental.

Trevon Oliver, of the National Academy Foundation, won Baltimore’s first gold medal in the entrepreneurship: culinary arts competition. Additionally, Dominique Mitchell of Roosevelt High School in D.C. won the Silver medal in the same category.

ACT-SO awards students in 26 categories including business, the humanities, the performing arts, sciences and visual arts. Students win $1,000 for gold prizes, $750 for silver and $500 for bronze awards, in addition to receiving laptops.

The competition, launched in 1978 by late journalist Vernon Jarrett, is considered the “crown jewel of the NAACP” and recognizes African-American students in grades nine through 12.

For more information on Baltimore City’s ACT-SO program, contact chairperson Annette Haynes at 443-956-9564.