Posted on 10/31/2019
(From Akron.com/West Side Leader)

State Sens. Vernon Sykes (D-District 28) and Kristina Roegner (R-District 27) recognized Connor Harris and Chika Nkwocha for receiving awards at the NAACP National Afro-American Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).

Harris, a student at Firestone Community Learning Center in West Akron, won a bronze medal for his research on the EPHA6 gene mutation and its correlation to colorectal cancer in African Americans.

Nkwocha, a student at Akron Early College High School in Downtown Akron, won a silver medal for her expressive painting portraying black identity and experience.

Image of NAACP Award

Shown above, from left, are Sykes, Nkwocha, Harris and Roegner.

According to the senators, the students were honored at the 41st annual ACT-SO National Competition sponsored by the NAACP. The competition is a year-long program designed to recruit, inspire and encourage academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The program includes 32 competitions in STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] areas, the humanities and business, as well as performing, visual and culinary arts.

“I am incredibly proud of Connor and Chika for their accomplishment and dedication to excellence,” said Sykes. “These awards are a reflection of their outstanding work ethic, academic excellence and commitment to driving change in their community through their work.”
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