Seven local high school students representing the Pasadena Branch competed in the National ACTSO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientiﬁc Olympics) competition during the NAACP National Convention in Baltimore, MD. Three students won medals at the Academic Olympics.
Faith Earley, won a Gold medal in Original Essay and plans to attend Harvard this fall; Lauryn Higginson won a Silver medal in Microbiology and will attend the University of California in San Diego; and Kalina Gittens-Jenkins received a Bronze medal for Photography and has already enrolled in classes at Pasadena City College.
The other four students that well represented the Pasadena Branch are Ashley Cravan, who competed in Business Entrepreneurship, Dylan Dillard, who competed in Poetry Performance. Chanelle Herrera, who competed in the Short Story category, and Marjorie McNary, was a dual-category competitor in Dramatics and Written Poetry.
During the seven years Marilyn Mays and Aida Torres, Co-chairs of the Pasadena Branch ACT-SO program along with committee members Karen Herrera and Lois Gaston, started and have continued to lead this effort for the Pasadena Branch to win six national medals. In 2012 Dominique Rogers won Silver in Original Essay, Lily Paris won Silver in Photography and Naomi Berhane won Bronze in Mathematics.