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Kai McMichael Awarded ACT-SO Short Story Honors

The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program or ACT-SO recently selected a short story writing by Central High School 9th grader Kai McMichael to spotlight as their local and state winner. Kai not only completed the short story, but went through a rigorous interview to qualify for the national program. She travels to Atlantic City in July for nationals.

Kai’s story is titled, Every Eleven Minutes helps bring awareness to bullying and teen suicide. The story takes place over the span of one short afternoon that changes the unnamed protagonist’s life. Every Eleven Minutes has earned Kai multiple honors including first place in the Carroll County Writing Guild Short Story Contest and first place in the Carroll County Young Georgia Authors writing contest for the 9th grade.

ACT-SO was founded in 1978 by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett. The program is intended to provide recognition to young people who could demonstrate academic, scientific, and artistic achievement, allow young people to gain recognition equal to that often achieved by entertainers and athletes.

ACT-SO coordinates events and activities with local NCAAP chapters across the nation.

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Six-time STAR teacher, Alice taught Advanced Placement English, literature, composition, speech and theater for over twenty years, part of which time she also served as Director of Admissions, Development, Public Relations, and Alumni at Oak Mountain Academy. She is the managing partner of Ridley-Teal Properties and content editor for the City Menus. She is a board member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing flute with the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble.