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Bolingbrook High School junior Justin Payton wins Gold at ACT-SO nationals

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:44 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook High School’s Justin Payton earned a Gold Medal in Entrepreneurship at the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific (ACT-SO) National Olympics in Orlando earlier this month.

“For 12 years our students have won medals at the national level,” said Cynthia Johnson, co-chairperson for DuPage County ACT-SO, which serves Will, DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. “Our wins speak to all the hard work our students do throughout the year and to their commitment to being the best they can be.”

Payton, the son of Mark and Dorletta Payton of Bolingbrook, qualified for Nationals by winning a Gold Medal at the DuPage County ACT-SO competition earlier this year. His performance at nationals came a matter of days after he returned from a two-week Chicago Urban League Student Mission Trip to China.

Tavis Reed from Oswego High School won a gold in Music Competition. Oswego’s Kalin Reed earned a silver in Architecture and Samuel Sentongo from Providence St. Mel took home a bronze in Earth and Space Sciences.

In all, 500 students from around the country competed at the national level.

“We have to thank our mentors, partner schools, sponsors, parents and many other volunteers who support ACT-SO,”  Johnson said. “Our students are successful because the adults give their time, commitment and knowledge. They do a great job of keeping kids motivated.”

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