Valerie Cordier-Rice, NAACP Youth Council Award Winner

By Tanya Dennis 


Valerie Cordier-Rice, a Bay Area high school senior, is the winner of the Oakland Branch of the NAACP Imani Youth Council ACT-SO award, recognized for her performances in dramatics and oratory.

A reception will be held immediately following baccalaureate a service for graduating seniors, 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Mills Grove Christian Church, 5410 Fleming Ave. in Oakland.

Cordier-Rice, is graduating with a 4.0 G.P.A. and in addition has been awarded a full scholarship to University of California, Berkeley. She will represent the Oakland branch of the NAACP at the National ACT-SO competition in Houston, Texas, July 5-9.

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated in the program since its inception.

African-American high school students compete at the local level, and winners are sent on to the national ACT-SO competition where they compete against students from all over the country.


For information, contact the NAACP Oakland Branch at (510) 652-8493, or go to