N.C. A&T Advances to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 5, 2018) ‐‐ After garnering first place in a national qualifying tournament in February, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will compete against fellow historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, April 7 – 11, 2018. The top prize is a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda. 

North Carolina A&T will be among 48 HBCU teams headed to America's premier academic quiz bowl for top HBCU students held on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., campus in Torrance, California. 

N.C. A&T team members include Ricky E. Reece, Jr. (team captain), senior, management information systems; Darius D. Foggy, sophomore, journalism and mass communication; Malique Jomay Brunner, senior, biomedical engineering; and Thomas Ford, sophomore, computer engineering. Professor Bryon Turman will continue as the team coach, a position he has held since 2014. 

Beginning in 1990, N.C. A&T has participated in all but two years of the 29-year-old competition, including 24 national championship tournaments, amassing a cumulative grant total of $114,000. 

"Honda congratulates North Carolina A&T State University for advancing to the 'Great 48,' a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country," said Steve Morikawa, vice president, corporate relations and social responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Established in 1989, HCASC is a year‐round program that highlights and recognizes the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience.

The fast‐paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Students expand their scope of knowledge, learn teamwork and sportsmanship.  HCASC's active alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post‐graduation. 

The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed at noon ET, Tuesday, April 10, at HCASC.com. For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.