2 Baltimore arts students win NAACP 'Olympics of the Mind' More than 700 youths competed in ACT-SO

July 09, 1996|By James Bock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two Baltimore School for the Arts students won medals yesterday in the NAACP's "Olympics of the Mind" competition.

Willia Noel Montague, 18, won the gold medal in dance and was selected to perform at the awards ceremony.

For the second year, Warren Wolf Jr., 16, took home a bronze medal. He won in music composition for a jazz piece, "Tom and Jerry." He said he plans to return next year to try for a gold medal.

More than 700 local medalists vied for national awards in the ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) competition.

Montague, who has won summer scholarships with the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey company, was in tears as she became one of 24 youths nationwide to receive gold medals.

"I was overwhelmed by the young black talent that was here," she said. As a gold medalist, she won $1,000. She also said she was offered a position with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.

Pub Date: 7/09/96

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