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Competition

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


High School Competition Categories

NOTE: The deadline for submission of documents for the local competition (Business, Humanities, Filmmaking and STEM categories) is 13 days before the competition date.  For the national competition documents must be submitted by the deadline date in April. No materials or copies will be accepted onsite at the competition.

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Business - Download Guidelines

Entrepreneurship

Refers to owning, organizing, and managing your own business by providing a necessary product or service.

Humanities - Download Guidelines

Music Composition

The science or art of arranging music by ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination or in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.

Short Story

A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic. Traditional elements of the short story include plot, characters, style, setting, structure, tone, theme and narrative point of view. These elements may guide a writer in the creation of a short story, but not all elements will be clearly identifiable in every story.

Playwriting

A literary composition developed for the stage.

Poetry

A composition, marked by language chosen for its sound, beauty and evocative power.

Original Essay

A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.

Performing Arts - Download Guidelines

Ballet

To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.

Contemporary

To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.

Modern

To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.

Traditional

To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.

Dramatics

The art of staging or acting in plays

Oratory

The art of speaking in public eloquently and effectively.  (This is not a dramatic presentation.)

Instrumental / Classical

The art of performing with a device used to produce music with tones of the late 18th and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.

Instrumental / Contemporary

The art of performing with a device used to produce music with the tones of the present.

Vocal / Classical

The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds of the late 18th and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.

Vocal / Contemporary

The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds to produce music with the tones of the present.

STEM - Download Guidelines

Biology / Microbiology

The science of life or of the origin, structure, reproduction, growth and development of living organisms collectively.

Chemistry / Biochemistry

The science that deals with the composition, structure and properties of chemical processes and phenomena of substances and the transformation that they undergo.

Computer Science

The science that deals with the theoretical aspects of computers including storage and the transformation of data using computers.

Earth / Space Sciences

The body of sciences that include geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, astronomy, speleology, seismology, geography, etc.

Engineering

Technology. Projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses.

Mathematics

he science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions of spaced configurations and their structure. Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations, and the application of these principles..

Physics

Theories, principles, and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter.

Medicine and Health

The study of diseases and health of humans and animals.

Visual Arts - Download Guidelines

Architecture

Plans for and models of structures and outdoor spaces.

Examples may include but are not limited to: Building designs, landscape designs, interior designs, urban plans. Can include 2D work such as hand-drawn sketches, computer-aided designs, blueprints, and floor plans, OR 3D work such as scale models made from foam core, balsa wood, cardboard, wooden blocks, polystyrene, found or reused objects, etc.

Drawing

The art of representing forms and figures on a surface by means of lines executed by hand or computer (digital) generated processes.

Filmmaking

The art and process of making motion pictures.

Painting

Art created by applying pigment on a two-dimensional surface with a brush, knife, or hand and/or the manipulation of digital processes with a computer

Examples include but are not limited to: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any flat surface.

Photography

The process, art and technique of capturing images with an analog or digital camera

Examples include but are not limited to: Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, etc.

Sculpture

The art of making three-dimensional forms or designs.

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