On Thursday, March 28, 2019 the Ambridge High School Students were given to the opportunity to listen and participate in the formation of the ACT-SO program at Ambridge Senior High School by Mr. Carter Spruill, NAACP Chairman of the ACT-SO Program.


Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO (an acronym for “Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics”) is an Olympic mentoring program whereby students demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific expertise. ACT-SO stimulates and encourages high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.  

The ACT-SO program spans an entire academic year beginning in the fall, followed by planning, mentoring and coaching of students through winter months, culminating in local competitions in April and a national competition in July. ACT-SO is based on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders that serve as mentors and coaches.

Students who participate in ACT-SO work with mentors to help develop projects in preparation to compete with other students in categories including but not limited to S.T.E.M., Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business. Students receive medals and prizes provided by the local and regional sponsors and contributors for their achievements.

ACT-SO, often referred to as the “Olympics of the Mind,” seeks to promote the following: Positive self-esteem; Positive interaction between our youth and the adult professional community; Positive academic and artistic excellence and high academic and cultural achievement.

Students in the Ambridge Area School District were granted the opportunity to sign-up and be part of the great program Mr. Spruill has to offer, and listen to the vast array of opportunities for making a difference in their community. If you would like further information, or for your student to be involved in the program, please visit:

You may also reach out to: Carter Spruill, Beaver County NAACP ACT-SO Chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: #412 329-7998.

Mr. Spruill also requested any parents/guardians that are also interested in helping with the program at Ambridge High School to please reach out via e-mail or phone to the number listed above at this time. Mr. Spruill welcomes community and members of the district to help assist in helping the program at the district grow in all facets.

You may also reach out to Ms. Benedict in the guidance office 724-266-2833, ext. 2482 with any questions.