Bringing national attention to Garland ISD, Class of 2020 Rowlett High School graduate Henry Dinkens was recently awarded a bronze medal at the 42nd NAACP ACT-SO National Competition. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics. It is a yearlong enrichment program designed to stimulate, improve and enhance academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 32 different categories, such as STEM, humanities, business, performing arts, visual arts and culinary arts. Students first enter local competitions, and the best from each category then earn a spot at nationals.
Dinkens received his bronze medal in the drawing category for a piece entitled “Self Motivation." Dinkens says the portrait emphasizes how Black males must motivate themselves impactfully, purposefully and with intentionality to achieve success in today’s society. The 2020 award marks Dinkens’ third national ACT-SO win.