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PMSA Student Takes Gold Medal at ACT-SO Competition

June 1, 2012 09:15 AM
Forest Park, IL...Kelechi Agwuncha, a rising 10th grader at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, has been creating sculptures since 5th grade. When she decided to compete in the DuPage County Afro-American Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics Competition (ACT-SO), she used her love of sculpture to create something that would speak for itself. Her sculpture, Vexation, won a gold medal at the competition.

The DuPage County Branch of ACT-SO hosts students in DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall and parts of Cook County. They all participate in the local competition which showcases the talents of young people in the African-American community and celebrates their accomplishments. Students compete in five categories including: sciences, humanities, business, performing arts and visual arts.

ACTSO3-smKelechi’s sculpture competed in visual arts. It depicts five hands crushing cans with a Time Magazine under it. It was Kelechi’s way of showing what anger looks like physically. The sculpture took four months to create.

"I chose this sculpture as a way to express anger, and I thought this was the best way to visualize it," Kelechi said.

Kelechi included the Time Magazine to represent international and political issues. This was the first time Kelechi competed in the program, and she was the only student to enter a sculpture into the competition. In the future, she hopes to combine her love for sculpting with her lessons from PMSA to set the path for her career. She wants to become an architect or interior designer.

"I’m thinking about going into geometrical sculpting. It’s more dimensional and it involves a lot more work using math skills and architectural and design skills," she said.

Kelechi’s mother, Mrs. Agwuncha, said she is very proud of her daughter.

"Based on the comments from the judges, she did a great job," Mrs. Agwuncha said.

Kelechi is the second gold medal winner in the Agwuncha family. Her older sister who is also a PMSA student won the gold in the competition at the ACT-SO DuPage County program a couple of years ago.

Kelechi will now go on to compete in the National ACT-SO competition in Houston, Texas July 5 through July 8.

Congratulations Kelechi, and good luck!


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