Clark Atlanta University to Compete for Championship Title at 30th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC)
ATLANTA, GA – March 5, 2019 – After winning a series of regional competitions, Clark Atlanta University is one of 48 schools that will vie for the championship title at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HCASC National Championship Tournament will be held April 13-17, 2019 on the American Honda campus in Torrance, California. Clark Atlanta University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
Clark Atlanta University is pleased to announce that the CAU team took first place at a finalist round at Virginia State University for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, earning the Quiz Bowl team an automatic spot in the upcoming Honda National Tournament in Los Angeles, CA.
Jaya Alexis Paci, a Senior majoring in Mass Media from Washington, DC; Nathan F. Lang, a Sophomore from Moultre, GA; Nombeko Marshall, a Sophomore majoring in Psychology from Maywood, IL; and Jaiden Crockett, a Freshman majoring in English from Aurora, IL will represent Clark Atlanta University. Gwendolyn D. Morgan will coach the team.
“We are proud of our academic team for their dedicated focus and achievement this season and are excited for their participation as a ‘Great 48’ in the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge,” said Lucille Maugé, interim president, Clark Atlanta University. “Honda has awarded over $8 million dollars in grants to participating HBCUs, allowing them to enhance student programs, foster institutional advancement and improve students' college experience.”
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge connects the nation's best and brightest HBCU students who expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Outside of game play, the year-round program provides community service activities, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship.
“For 30 years, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has provided a platform for the nation’s top HBCU students to advance their dreams,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “Honda congratulates the ‘Great 48’ for their incredible work ethic, teamwork and competitive spirit. We look forward to an exciting National Championship Tournament and crowning the 2019 HCASC National Champion in April.”
In 1989, Honda established HCASC as a way to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda to participating HBCUs have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment. Over its 30-year history, HCASC has built a network of more than 125,000 program alumni.
The 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge finals take place in Los Angeles, CA and will be live-streamed on Tuesday, April 16 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. To view the live stream and for more information about HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit HCASC.com.
Honda and the HBCU Community
For three decades, Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation's HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Honda has been able to reach more than 170,000 students and award over $12 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs. These two initiatives have also enabled Honda to provide unforgettable experiences and opportunities for students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from different schools.
About Clark Atlanta University
Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access to academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu .