ACT-SO Recognizes Top Students In Annual Competition

Monday, April 16, 2018
The medal winners of the 13th Annual ACT-SO competition
The medal winners of the 13th Annual ACT-SO competition

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Branch of the NAACP recognized the medal winners of the 13th Annual ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics) competition. 

ACT-SO is a national, yearlong enrichment program for high school students offering 33 categories of academic and performance competition.  Approximately 50 national ACT-SO programs compete for a chance to have their local winners advance to the national ACT-SO contest each summer. The 2018 national contest will be held July 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas. The Chattanooga ACT-SO contestants will have an opportunity to be among the top 1,000 of the best ACT-SO high school students in the United States.   

Students at the National ACT-SO have an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash plus scholarship opportunities. Chattanooga’s ACT-SO Medalists in 2018 include: 

Anaya Griggs Instrumental Silver Medal Jr Center for Creative Arts
Chaise Garrison Instrumental Bronze Medal Sr East Hamilton High School
D’Ariaus Albert Dance Bronze Medal Sr Chatt School for Arts & Sciences
John Paul Freeman Drawing Bronze Medal Fr Chatt School for Arts & Sciences
Jordan Pauldin Painting Bronze Medal Sr Girls Preparatory School  
Jymon Scott Dance Silver Medal Sr Chatt School for Arts & Sciences
Tyrese Jones Dramatics Gold Medal Sr Center for Creative Arts 

NAACP Chattanooga Hamilton County Branch President Dr. Eleanor Woods said, “It is important that our children are given the platform to showcase their talents.  The NAACP takes pride in celebrating our youth for their artistic, professional, and academic talents where they can best be recognized.” 

Chattanooga’s ACT-SO Chair Thessela White said, “The community should support ACT-SO because when wanting the best for our community, we should invest the best in our youth.”




Bethlehem Center To Celebrate Students' Success With End Of Summer Celebration

More than 1,000 students have been exposed to new experiences, learned new trades, been gainfully employed, developed leadership skills, enhanced their academics, and have been kept engaged, out of trouble, and off the streets over the last eight weeks with the help of 42 programs funded by a grant awarded by The Maclellan Foundation to The Bethlehem Center. On  Thursday, ... (click for more)

Lee, Huang, And Wu Take Top Honors In Piano Competition

Sara Lee, collegiate division, and Catherine Huang and Hsi-Yun Wu, pre-collegiate division, won first prizes in the 14th annual Lee University piano competition. The award ceremony concluded the International Piano Festival and Competition held June 24-30 on Lee’s campus. For the collegiate division, Ms. Lee was awarded $3,000 for First Prize, while Chin Lee received Second ... (click for more)

Red Bank Approves Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance On Final Reading

The Red Bank Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday night on second and final reading that regulates short term rentals within the city. "Our hands have been tied because of state law," said Mayor John Roberts. Many residents, both for and against allowing these rentals, have come to recent commission meetings appealing to the commissioners for their side of the issue, ... (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Fire On Workman Road Tuesday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched at 6:03 a.m. on Tuesday, to a commercial fire at 400 Workman Road. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting through the roof and the request was immediately made for a second alarm response. The flames could be seen for miles as a total of 13 fire companies rushed to the scene. The large, two-story ... (click for more)

Bill Lee Is Great For Tennessee

I had the opportunity to meet Bill and Maria Lee at the grand opening of his Chattanooga Campaign HQ. He delivered, what was by most accounts, a showstopper speech at the Statesman’s dinner in Nashville the night before. He and Maria should have been worn out, but if they were, they really showed very little sign of it. His energy level, for a guy that couldn’t have gotten more ... (click for more)

A Successful East Ridge Bake Sale

Saturday's event at the Camp Jordan Pavilion was nothing more than extraordinary, if not history making.  Alongside the threatening eminent domain letters the citizens of East Ridge received, a Union was formed amongst the East Ridge Police Department.  Coming to City Council the night of April 26, I had only one thing I was focused on: eminent domain.  ... (click for more)