On Saturday, April 7, Calvin Bell ’20 and Jalyn Lawrence ’21 participated in the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) state competition in Somerset, NJ.

Calvin, a member of the Camden County branch, competed in oratory and two STEM categories. Jalyn, a member of the Gloucester County branch, competed in short story writing and sculpture. They both competed against other students from the southern region.

At the 29th Annual ACT-SO NJ Awards Ceremony on April 14, Calvin and Jalyn both won gold medals. Calvin received a gold medal for his computer science project, a gold medal for his medicine and health project, and an honorable mention for his oratory piece. Jalyn received a gold medal for her sculpture.

They will now move on to the national competition in San Antonio, TX in July. The national ACT-SO competition is part of the NAACP annual convention.