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Student Scholar Awarded Silver Medal at NAACP National Competition

11th grader Joi gonzales Pinole Valley High School junior, Joi Gonzales, was awarded the silver medal at the 42nd Annual National NAACP ACT-SO competition in July. Joi competed in the “Earth and Science” category and her project focused on the disparity in water quality used in five distinctly diverse communities in the Bay Area.

This was the first year Richmond Bay Area NAACP Youth Council sponsored a team at the National ACT-SO competition. Joi was one of two students awarded a gold medal and a $500.00 scholarship from the 2020 Richmond Youth Council ACT-SO program at an award ceremony at Nichols Park in Richmond on Saturday, June 27. Local gold medalists who score 95-100 points in the local competition are invited to participate in nationals.

The Afro-Aacademic, Cultural, Technical and Science Olympics (ACT-SO) is a nation-wide Academic competition sponsored by the national NAACP that awards deserving students in the areas of Science, Humanities, Performing Arts, Entrepreneurship, Visual Arts and Culinary Arts for the past 40 years.

The Richmond – Bay Area Youth Council is a newly activated branch of the National NAACP. Richmond Bay Area Youth, ages 14 to 24 years, work to raise the consciousness the community about civil and human rights and justice. Younger students who exhibit an interest in civil rights issues can join. For more information see @RichmondNAACPYouth on Instagram or call the Youth Council secretary Tajii Thomas @ 510 776-7055 or the Adult YC Advisor Zelon Harrison @ 916 236-8181.  

Parents are strongly encouraged to get involved!  For information or questions about ACT-SO please contact Audrey Shields at 510-313-8888.