The 45 winners of the Olympics of the Mind competition sponsored by the NAACP and the local task force of the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) recently were honored by Mayor Marion Barry.

The mayor also pledged to "give or raise" $1,000 toward the goal of $20,000 needed to send the 16 first-prize winner to Denver in August to appear in the national competition involving more than 100 cities.

The awards ceremony, held in D.C. City Council chambers, was attended by approximately 300 parents, students and coummunity organizers.

The mayor also announced awards in the areas of energy, electronics and original essay categories, which had not been announced along with other award categories the previous week.

The winners were: Ricardo Brown, 16, Coolidge High, first prize for energy; Robert Bumbary, 17, Gonzaga High, first prize for electronics; Karen LaDara Perkins, 16, Dunbar High, second prize for electronics; Kimberlynn Harrison, 17, Anacostia High, first prize for original essay; Natalie Joseph, 15, St. Cecilia's Academy, second prize for original essay; Ingrid Vette Gavin, 16, Ballou High, third prize for original essay.

ACT-SO soon will begin holding Saturday workshop sessions for area students interested in taking achievement tests required by most colleges for admission. Those interested may contact Lawrence Guyot at 483-1900.