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Downers South recognized by DuPage program for African American students

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 2:34 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The DuPage County Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) awarded South High School with a Certificate of Recognition for registering the second highest number of students in its 2012-13 program.

“Our African American students who have gone through the ACT-SO program have found it to be a very rewarding and valuable experience,” South High Principal Steve Bild said in a statement. “We are happy to be recognized by ACT-SO and are pleased to continue our partnership with them this year.”

The ACT-SO program challenges students that if they are interested in science, the arts, business and other fields, to “ACT-SO!” It is a seven-month program that features leadership development sessions, one-to-one mentorship and service activities.

The program culminates with an academic competition covering 26 different subject areas. The mission of the program is to nurture excellence and provide positive reinforcement to African American high school students.

The organization is currently recruiting students to participate in its 2013-14 program. An orientation session for parents will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the College of DuPage.

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