the efforts of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) to inspire and encourage African-American youth toward
excellence in academic and artistic pursuits, the University of
Illinois at Chicago invites eligible Chicago-area high school students
to the 2001 ACT-SO local competition.
competition was founded by nationally acclaimed newspaper journalist
and television commentator Vernon Jarrett, who coined the ACT-SO
slogan "A scholar has a right to be a hero." Jarrett, retired columnist
for the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Defender,
is a senior fellow at the Great Cities Institute at UIC.
The NAACP sponsors
the ACT-SO competition each year through its local chapters. High
school students throughout the country compete in the areas of science,
humanities and performing and visual arts. Gold medalists from Chicago
will represent the city at the national NAACP ACT-SO competition
in New Orleans in early July.
high school students, grades 9 - 12, can still register for the
Applications should be available at each public or parochial high
school in Chicago or at the NAACP Southside Branch office.