Morgan State University Wins Back-to-Back Academic Championships at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Mon Apr 8, 2013 10:15pm EDT

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TORRANCE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
After two days of intense competition among 250 students representing 48
competing teams, Morgan State University claimed its second National
Championship title in a row at the 24th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
(HCASC), an annual academic event featuring the best and brightest students from
the nation`s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Enduring a
year-long program of study and preparation, the Morgan State Universityteam
emerged victorious at the National Championship Tournament held on the Los
Angeles-area campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and took home $50,000 in
grants for their school.

Morgan State University students, winners of the 24th Annual Honda Campus
All-Star Challenge, pose with representatives from their school and with Honda
executives at the American Honda Headquarters in Torrance, Calif. In addition to
the National Championship title, the Morgan State University team takes back
$50,000 in grant money for their school. (Photo: Business Wire)

Surviving 10 games against tough competition, Morgan State University clinched
the National Championship over second-place finisher Florida A&M University
after answering the following question correctly: 

In 1975 the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim joined what very large neighbor to its

Correct Answer: India 

The Morgan State University teamincluded Craig Cornish (Captain), senior,
History Major; Kyle De Jan, senior, History Major; Micheal Osikomaiya, junior,
English Major; and James Hayes-Barber, sophomore, Electrical Engineering Major. 

The fast-paced, suspenseful competition tested the students` abilities to
quickly and accurately answer questions on a broad range of topics including
world history, science, literature, religion, art, social sciences, popular
culture and African-American history and culture. The top two teams from each of
the eight competing divisions advanced to the "Sweet 16," a single-elimination
playoff. The final two teams then battled it out for the national title in a
best 2-out-of-3 finals. 

While Morgan State University secured the top prize of $50,000 in university
grants, all 48 schools were awarded grants. Florida A&M University won $25,000,
while the remaining "Final 4" teams - Oakwood University and West Virginia State
University - each received $15,000. The other top eight - Alabama State
University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and North Carolina A&T
University - were awarded $9,500 in grants. In total, Honda provided more than
$300,000 in grants to participating schools. 

Since 1989, HCASC has brought together the nation`s best and brightest academic
competitors from America`s top HBCUs. Throughout its history, HCASC has been the
only annual academic competition between the nation`s HBCUs, touching more than
100,000 students and awarding more than $7 million in grants. 

Quote from Honda Executive

"The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge provides a one-of-a-kind outlet for
students to flex their knowledge and intellect in an intense but friendly
rivalry. Beyond the competition, the Challenge gives HBCU students an
opportunity to connect with like-minded students, build friendships and
establish networks that last beyond HCASC. Honda is honored to celebrate the
academic excellence of HBCU students through this empowering event."

* Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community Relations,
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

More Information

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About Honda

Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and
creating experiences of discovery that help aspiring students see and achieve
their own dreams. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, along with the Honda
Battle of the Bands, are two of Honda`s major initiatives supporting
Historically Black Colleges and Universities and helping young people pursue
their dreams. 

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