May 1, 2019
Left to Right: Director of College Counseling Keith Vassall, Nia Hipps ’22, Jalyn Lawrence ’21, and Calvin Bell ’20.
On April 13, at an awards luncheon in Somerset, Calvin Bell ’20, Jalyn Lawrence ’21, and Nia Hipps ’22 were recognized with awards for their participation in the New Jersey NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).
ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
Calvin, a member of the Camden County branch and second-year participant, received gold medals in the Computer Science and Health categories. Jalyn, a member of the Gloucester County branch and second-year participant, received gold medals in the Original Essay and Sculpture categories. Nia, a member of the Gloucester County branch and first-year participant, received an honorable mention award in the Photography category.
Calvin and Jalyn now move on to the national competition in Detroit this summer. The national ACT-SO competition is part of the NAACP annual convention.