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Tuskegee advances to National Qualifying Tournament of 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

February 07, 2019

Mary Oberembt, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Jaymie Robinson, Honda North America, (310) 783-3943 /
Michael Tullier, APR, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Four Tuskegee students and their coach make up the Honda Campus Allstars team
Tuskegee’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge varsity team (L to R)
Robert Henderson, Kailah Trice, Mya Green, Maurice Kendrick and
Dr. Worth Hayes (coach).

Tuskegee University will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) — America’s premier academic competition for top HBCU students — on Saturday, Feb. 9. The fast-paced, buzzer-style competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.

Saturday’s National Qualifying Tournament will take place at Morehouse College’s Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuskegee is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the HCASC National Championship Tournament taking place on the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif., April 13-17.

Dr. Worth Hayes, who coaches the team in addition to his duties as an associate professor in the Department of History and Political Science, noted that the university’s past successes at the regional and national levels challenge his students to take the competition — and Tuskegee’s legacy — seriously.

“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is more than memorizing facts and winning competitions,” he said.
“It provides our students with a forum to share ideas, hone their networking skills, develop camaraderie with teammates and competitors, and to show off their ‘academic swagger’ as they master factual knowledge, textbook principles and the confidence they acquire through game play.”

Saturday’s team will include a cross-section of the university’s liberal arts and STEM disciplines. Team members include Mya Green, an animal science major from Atlanta; Robert Henderson, an animal science major from Atmore, Alabama; Maurice Kendrick, an occupational therapy major from Orlando; and Kailah Trice, a sociology major from Atlanta.

This year’s qualifying rounds include a new element — the opportunity for others to join in the competition by voting for their favorite HBCU team. Now through noon Pacific time on Feb. 13, friends and fans can cast up to three online votes a day at The three top vote-getting HBCUs will automatically advance to the national tournament.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that centers on academic excellence, community service, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship. It includes campus engagement, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, one of Honda’s longest-running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has celebrated and recognized the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience.

For more information about the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, visit