Quiz team to compete for national title


TORRANCE, Calif. (March 14, 2014) – Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. Hundreds of HBCU students have spent the past year diligently preparing to compete in the final round of this unique knowledge tournament, April 12-16, 2014, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, Calif.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall of 2013, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition in various categories spanning subjects such as history, current events and science. Their goal is to beat the Morgan State University, the reigning national champions with two consecutive titles, while Morgan State will be seeking a threepeat. 

April N. Baldwin of Birmingham, Ala.; Demetrius A. Finley of Detroit; Tony B. Kirk, II of Cedar Hill, Texas; and Gabriel A. Smith of Mobile, Ala. will represent Tuskegee. Peter J. Spears, Sr., dean of students, is the team’s coach. 

"This is an excellent opportunity to showcase some of our best students. Their education and academic performance are a testament of how Tuskegee University prepares students for success—not just in the classroom but also in the world," said Tuskegee University Acting President, Dr. Matthew Jenkins.

Tuskegee past two-time champion

The tournament competitors will be split into eight divisions and will compete in a modified round-robin format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the “Sweet 16” and will compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will compete for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000. The grand prize, along with the other institutional grants, will support academic activities at the participating HBCUs. 

Tuskegee is a two-time national champion, having earned the title, back-to-back, in 1993 and 1994.

Celebrating 25 years of HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of up to $328,000 each year.

“Honda Campus All-Star Challenge rewards the best and brightest for their academic achievements and prepares our student competitors for life beyond school by reinforcing their strong work ethic and introducing them to a thriving community of alumni,” said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate and Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We look forward to hosting the 25th anniversary class in California and treating them to a fun, four days of healthy competition.”

For more information on the 2014 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com. Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC), using the hashtag #HCASC. 

The finals of the 2014 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge will be streamed live on Monday, April 14 starting at 12 p.m. EST on HCASC.com and other outlets.

About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:
In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at www.hcasc.com.

© 2014 Tuskegee University

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