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The ACT-SO program is intended to be a learning experience, first and foremost.

TIMELINE

1978

  • ACT-SO founded by renowned author and Chicago journalist Vernon Jarrett. NAACP becomes national sponsor.

1979

  • DuPage County ACT-SO Program founded by Dr. Ernest Gibson, president of DuPage County Branch NAACP and College of DuPage administrator.
  • COD becomes a local sponsor.

1980

  • 1st local competition held - chairperson Rose Thompson

1994

  • Sadie Flucas, COD administrator, is appointed chairperson. She sets the stage for an era of national prominence

1999 – (1)

  • First national medal—a bronze in Instrumental/ Classical by Colie Latin

2001 – (3)

  • Vocal Contemporary – bronze, Computer Science – gold, Playwriting - silver

2002 – (4)

  • Mathematics – gold, Physics Electronics – gold, Physics Energy – bronze, Computer Science - gold

2003 – (3)

  • Music Composition – bronze, Physics General – silver, Comp. Science  – silver

2004 – (1)

  • Music Composition – gold

2006 – (2)

  • Entrepreneurship – bronze, Oratory – gold

2007 – (2)

  • Biology/Microbiology -  silver, Entrepreneurship - silver

2008

  • National ACT-SO competition in Orlando.  DuPage County leads the parade down Main Street USA

2009 – (2)

  • Chairs: Jackie Mayo/Dorletta Payton
  • DuPage ROE becomes a local sponsor
  • Physics – bronze, Architecture - gold

2010 – (6)

  • Architecture – silver, Computer Science -  gold, Drawing – silver, Entrepreneurship – bronze, Medicine and Health – bronze, Sculpture - silver

2011 – (2)

  • Architecture – gold, Instrumental Contemporary - gold

2012 – (3)

  • Chairs: Dorletta Payton/ Cynthia Johnson
  • Biology/Microbiology – silver, Music Composition – silver, Instrumental Contemporary - bronze

2013 – (4)

  • Music Composition -  gold, Entrepreneurship – gold, Architecture – silver, Earth & Space – bronze

2014 – (2)

  • Architecture – gold, Mathematics – gold

2015 – (3)

  • Chair:  Dorletta Payton
  • 1st Jr. ACT-SO Competition is held – John Pritchard Founding Director
  • Chemistry– gold, Computer Science- silver, Filmmaking – bronze

2016 - (5)

  • Chairs: Dorletta Payton/ Chioma George
  • Chemistry – gold, Medicine & Health – gold, Music Composition – gold, Computer Science – silver, Physics - bronze

2017 - (6)

  • Chairs: Dorletta Payton/ Chioma George
  • Chemistry – gold, Computer Science – gold, Earth & Space Science – gold, Music Composition – silver,  Physics - silver, Engineering - bronze

ACT-SO Expanding The Minds Of Our Youth

Sponsored by DuPage County Branch-NAACP, College of DuPage and DuPage Regional Office of Education

College of DuPage 
1223 Rickert Dr. 
Naperville, IL 60540 
(331) 462-2876 or  (331) 46ACTSO

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