Blacks in Government (BIG) is launching a national initiative in training youth in Communications.  In an effort to generate greater interest among American youth, the Okaloosa County Chapter of BIG will be conducting a local competition for students in grades 9 – 12.  This competition will give students a chance to showcase their oral and written communication skills.  The 2014 oratorical competition theme is “Entertainment or Behavior Modification: Do Violent Video Games Promote Violent Actions?”

Interested students must complete the registration entry form  to enter the oratorical competition and are highly encouraged to attend the Public Speaking Workshop on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beulah First Baptist Church Annex in Fort Walton Beach.  The competition will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Northwest Florida State College – Fort Walton Beach Campus, Bldg # 1, Room 126.  Students can compete for scholarships and prizes awarded (1st Place – $100; 2nd Place – $75; 3rd Place – $50) at the local and regional levels, and at BIG’s Annual Training Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 31, 2014.

Applications and flyers are available in the NHS Guidance Department.

ACT-SO 2014

The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a major youth outreach project of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was founded in 1978 by the renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett. ACT-SO was designed to be a year-long enrichment program that provides role models, encouragement, and guidance for the student whose skills and talents may go undeveloped or overlooked. ACT-SO builds self-esteem and develops a sense of self-worth within African-American students by challenging their ability to succeed in a competitive and technical environment.

ACT-SO conducts an annual academic competition, “The Olympics of the Mind”, for students in grades 9-12, covering four (4) academic disciplines: Humanities; Sciences; Visual Arts and Performing Arts.   To participate, each contestant must:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S., of African-American descent, and enrolled in grades 9 – 12.
  • Have demonstrated a genuine interest in one of the available 24 categories.
  • Have never performed as a paid professional in any category of intended competition.
  • Submit an entry application to their high school ACT-SO Coordinator on or before March 31.
  • Be on time (8:00 a.m.) for the competition.

For more information or to receive an application, please see Mrs. Woods, the coordinator for Niceville High School in room 317.

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