Tavis Reed of IMSA's Class of 2016 won a gold medal in the NAACP's Dupage County Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition, in the categories of Chemistry/Biochemistry and Entrepreneurship. The ACT-SO competition gives top honors in Science, Business, Humanities, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts categories to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
The program features three components: mentoring, academic enrichment, and a local competition. Tavis was one of 11 students to win gold at the competition in late March, which took place in front of more than 600 parents, ACT-SO alumni, volunteers and program partners. This Gold medal makes Tavis one of 26 Illinois students to move on to the ACT-SO National Competition in Philadelphia this July. More information on the competition can be found on the NAACP website.